The first chakra (or wheel) is also known as the root chakra and is located in the center of the perineum at the base of the torso and is responsible for our connection to both our bodies and the earth. Any issues that stem from moving, changing jobs, divorce, or the death of a parent may literally shake your foundation and cause this chakra to become unbalanced. Below you will find more information on the symbolism of this chakra and some practices to create balance.
Body Systems: Elimination
Parts Affected: Feet, shins, calves, ankles, knees, thighs
When Excessive: Sedentary, stuck, greedy
When Blocked: Flighty, ungrounded, disconnected from body
When Balanced: Grounded, stable, embodied
Mudra: Adhi Mudra, Bhu Mudra, Apana Mudra (see Grounding Mudras)
Bija Mantra: Lam
Make a soft fist with the thumb tucked inside. Turn palms down and rest on knees.
Benefits: Calms nervous system, facilitates breath in
Practice Tips: Use when feeling anxious or insecure
Contraindications: Low blood pressure
Take a long inhale through the nose followed by three short exhales through the nose.
Repeat for up to 10 rounds at a time, monitoring the effects.
Benefits: May be helpful for stabilizing emotional upset and directing awareness inward
Grounding Cord Meditation
Sit in simple cross-leg position. Imagine a red cord descending from floor of pelvis into earth. Inhale draw positive quality up the cord into the body (stability, belonging, safety). Exhale negative quality down cord into the earth (fear, greed, instability, loneliness).
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