The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and resonates with many different energies. As is it the foundation of our energy centres, when it is off balance we will often feel it in many ways energetically or otherwise. To give you a better understanding of what the root chakra is responsible for, I would like to break it down for you and offer some insights as to how to keep this chakra balanced and empowered.
The Root Chakra energy can affect:
-How connected we feel to life, others, and the world
-How safe we feel and how much fear we hold
-How we choose to accept ourselves or others
-How much stability we manifest in our lives
-Our ability to find a calm place within our body
-Our ability to express our anger
The first sign for me personally that my root chakra is in balance is when I can sit down and relax without the feeling of needing to get up and do something. My ability to relax is directly connected to my ability to feel safe, secure, and at peace with life. When your root chakra is unbalanced, you may feel that you are ‘out of touch’ with life, or ‘off the path’. You are still on the right path, you may just need some re-balancing and strengthening. For some, an imbalanced root chakra can result in depression, chronic pain, anxiety and feeling fearful. Of course, seeking out the supports that are appropriate for you is important, and energy healing such as Reiki is an additional form of support that is beneficial for releasing these energies that may be built up and blocking the flow of feeling grounded.
Tips for maintaining a healthy Root Chakra:
Physical activity such as running, yoga, walking, dancing, or movement of any kind that feels nourishing for your body. Being in nature is so refreshing, I personally find swimming to be so grounding.
Calming exercises for anxiety and fear, such as journaling, counselling, somatic movement, meditation, reiki, listening to music. Find what works for you.
Grounding breathwork. I recommend putting your bare feet into the earth, at the park, beach, or your backyard. Having a direct connection to the earth energizes you and allows for release of energies. Start by rooting your feet to the earth and taking 2-3 slow inhales and exhales. This feels so good to do and instantly grounds your entire energy/body system.
The colour red. As red is the colour that represents our root chakra, eating red food, wearing red and surrounding yourself with red visually can be very supportive as well.