Over the coming weeks our blog posts will be looking at Chakras.
The word Chakra, or Cakra in its original Sanskrit, means “wheel” and refers to energy points in your body. These points are spinning discs of energy that need to stay healthy, open and aligned, as they correspond to bundles of nerves, major organs, and areas of our energetic body that can also affect our emotional and physical well-being.
The Chakra system originated in India between 1500 and 500 BC and the text in which it is first referred to is the Vedas. It’s particularly interesting to note that the discovery of Chakras was made hundreds of years before modern science discovered that each of the seven main Chakras on the body contains a cluster of nerves that act as channels through which our energy flows!
It’s believed that there are 114 different Chakras, but the best known of these are the seven main Chakras that run along your spine. Each of these seven main Chakras has a corresponding name, colour, specific area where it is located and areas of health that is governs.
At times, this energy can become blocked or can even flow too quickly and this can often be as a result of something that may be going on in your life such as work stress, a relationship or even your diet.
Today we’re looking at the first of the seven main Chakras, the Root Chakra, or Muladhara in Sanskrit.
Name: Muladhara (Sanskrit for Root}
Location: The base of the spine
Relates to: Safety, survival, trust, physical identity and grounding
When the Root Chakra is open & clear: You’re feeling grounded, stable and feel comfortable with your current situation
The Root Chakra can become blocked by: An abusive or relationship, an unhappy home life, feelings of insecurity & abandonment.
Some common symptoms of imbalance or blockage: Feelings of anxiety, fear, depression, migraines, arthritis / pain in the knees, brain fog, worry, low self-esteem, insecurity, feeling out of touch and frequent illness.
Questions to ask if you notice any of the symptoms of blockage of the Root Chakra:
Do I feel safe and secure in my relationships/home/job/all areas of my life?
Am I feeling at home?
Am I feeling stable, grounded and spiritually nourished?
If you find your Root Chakra is blocked or out of alignment you could try some different methods to see what makes your Root Chakra happy. We suggest:
- Going outside and immersing yourself in nature
- Walking barefoot and pressing your skin to the Earth
- Redecorating or re-accessorising your home adding the colour red to support your Root Chakra
- Shopping for things that serve you
- Eating warm foods and protein, particularly red coloured foods such as strawberries, red peppers or red lentils
- Showing gratitude for your possessions and everything you have in your life right now
Finally, Affirmations are incredibly healing for our Chakras and we invite you to choose as many of the following that resonate with you and to either say them out loud or silently to yourself, as many times a day as you wish (more is better!). Repeat this over the coming days and then ask yourself the questions once again to see if your Root Chakra is healthy once again.
Root Chakra Affirmations
- My Root Chakra is balanced and in alignment
- I am safe and grounded
- I feel protected in this world
- I am at home, wherever I am
- All is well in my world
- I deserve to be safe at all times
- I have a right to be here
- I am supported by Mother Earth