Muladhara, The Root: Get Your Healing (Chakra Series)

When dealing with issues we tend to look at the issue itself opposed to the underlining problem that may lie. For example if you have back issues, you would say to yourself, 'it must have been the way that slept', if you find yourself upset and easily angered, you would say, 'I'm just having a bad week'. All too quickly dismissing the issue as just happenstance and not looking too much further beyond that. But as we have discovered those physical, emotional and psychological ailments might be alluding to an imbalanced energy.

When it comes to the healing of yourself, we must first look at the energy that we are holding within.

There are a multitude of ways one can use to find balance and release the blockage that they are experiencing. When balancing the root chakra there are a variety options that you can choose from that can bring healing to that particular energy. Meditation is oftentimes suggested as it does connect you to a higher plane while grounding you simultaneously. Unfortunately, we can not always rely on this world to provide us with the resources needed to survive and feel stable, hence us needing that connection to our higher selves and trust in that power to feel safe. Studies show that the sense of smell is connected to the first chakra; it's said that when you are meditating you should focus on the tip of your nose to help align the chakra and bring forth what's needed to balance it.

Certain essential oils are highly recommended, as the aroma of them brings about healing power. Sandalwood, is deemed to be a sacred oil; its properties are very calming and gentle on the nervous system, and it also helps harmonize the emotional body. Myrrh, is also known for it's healing properties as an essential oil that promotes spiritual awareness. This oil is also said to build a bridge between the root chakras and the crown. Other aromas such as ginger, cinnamon, and cypress oil are also great to use during meditation for the balancing of this root.

The core color of the Muladhara is red. Red is the color of physical energy, desire, courage, passion, and will. This color is is linked to our most primitive physical and emotional needs of survival and self-preservation. When meditating one should envision this color gleaming at the bottom of the spine. You can also use certain crystals and gemstones during meditation or you can by place them directly in the area of the chakra to bring the root more into focus. The gemstones often associated with the root are garnet, red jasper, black tourmaline and bloodstone. Chanting or toning sounds can also help bring you back into balance. Sounds create vibrations in the body that actually help the cells work together in synchrony. The mantra sound that is usually corresponded to the root chakra is LAM .

Yoga is also seen as way to open up your chakras. Asanas that help open and align the Muladhara are the Knee to Chest Pose (Pavanamuktasana), Head to Knee Pose (Janu Sirsansana), Lotus Pose (Padmasana) and Garland Pose (Malasana). It is also believed that women can do Kegel exercises , and both men and women can practice Bandha yoga, where you lock and tighten specific areas of the body to help bring strong energy to the first chakra.

With all of the methods mentioned they are a variety of ways to produce healing internally that can positively effect our selves physically, mentally and spiritually. Understanding the imbalance and where it lies can help you hone in on finding the solution. The practice and discipline of healing oneself can align your energy to move in a flowing pattern and bring security and stability to your life. Therefore allow your mission to be as such.


Afrochick Yogini

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