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Primal Instincts

Balance Your Root Chakra

In the yogic system of energy centers or “chakras,” the root chakra is fundamental to experiencing your inner security and personal power. Balancing your root chakra is key to unlocking your fullest potential. In yoga, we often strive to “ground” or connect ourselves with the earth, but do we really know what that means or why it is so critical? The Muladhara or root chakra, located at the base of your spine, controls the balance and grounding of the most primal and basic of needs. It governs your right to “deserve,” extending to money, stability, home, food and water, even sex. Without these basic needs, you don’t feel stable or grounded and worry enters your mind.

Here are a few of my favorite and practical ways to balance and heal your root chakra through affirmation, yoga and aromatherapy:

First, address your basic needs and what must be done to balance them. Make a list of your financial, family and to-do commitments even if it seems stressful. Once you’ve identified your needs, you’ll feel more grounded and in control. Knowing that you have a plan is half the battle.

To ground yourself with yoga, start with asanas (yoga poses) that help you connect and feel the earth fully beneath you. Do some Goddess squats (legs more than shoulder width apart and arms outstretched) while you tune into the earth and imagine yourself as a part of the pulsing energy that exists around you. Chant “Om” with each descent closer to the earth, which will connect you to the deep vibration within your planet home. Feel your power!

Finally, you can ground yourself with some essential oils that target the root chakra. Scents to consider include sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, melissa and cedar. Sandalwood is one of the easiest and deepest grounding oils to work with. Add it to your mala beads or your forehead during meditation, or use a bit on your mat during practice. Take it with you in your bag for an instant grounding session whenever you need to know you are supported by the whole, wide world!

Jess Lewis-Peltier
Naturopathic practitioner, writer, lecturer and yoga teacher
Holistic Yogini
Recommended Resource: Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Precious Essential Oils, Sandalwood .5 fl oz (15 ml) by Aura Cacia
Recommended Read: Chakras for Beginners: A Guide to Balancing Your Chakra Energies by David Pond


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