Verb: I have
Attributes: Survival, grounding solidity, the body
The first chakra is found at the base of the spine. It’s name; Muladhara, means ‘roots’, and the paths of energy in this chakra extend downwards like roots through the legs and the feet and into the earth below.
Exercise for The Root Chakra
Sit up straight in your chair with your feet flat against the floor and push slightly against you feet. Your legs will tighten a little and there will be an increased flow of energy to your base chakra. It is not necessary to push our legs at all times for this chakra to function but it is a simple way to increase the flow of energy to it. The first chakra is the foundation for the whole chakra system. Its function is to respond to any issues concerning survival such eating, and sleeping. It is when these needs are not taken care of that problems can occur. It is when we a frequently met with threats to our survival that an issue with the root chakra might be indicated.
The element associated with the chakra is earth. Earth is solid; earth supplies us with the basics of what we need to survive. When we are relaxed, we are automatically connected with the earth and our energy can flow freely from this chakra. Sometimes, however, we get caught up with other things and therefore need to reconnect with the earth. This process is called grounding – we’ve done this before (and after) each meditation during sessions but it is always good to be reminded.
Stand upright with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes slightly in (it might be useful to take your shoes so that you can feel the flow). Press into your feet as if you were trying to push the floor away. Inhale deeply and bend your knees, letting your belly relax. Now exhale and push your feet s-l-o-w-l-y, pushing as you did before and allowing your legs to slowly straighten. Do not let them straighten all the way but bend then again as you go down your legs. You should start to feel a slow vibration moving through your legs and into the ground. It can help to imagine roots coming from the bottom of your feet and going deep into the ground beneath you. Send your energy through your body and into the ground. It is important after a meditation or chakra exercise to also send the energy the other way so that you are balanced. Imagine the energy going up your body and out through the top of your head – it’s exactly the same but in reverse. Send the energy down at the beginning and up at the end.