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Root Chakra 101: What Is It And How To Balance It





The root chakra is the 1st chakra and is considered to be one of the lower chakras. This chakra draws energy from the earths core and is responsible for keeping us grounded. When the root chakra is out of balance, we lack a sense of security in life especially when it comes to our basic needs (food, shelter, transportation). The health of our root chakra also determines how well we are able to manifest material abundance, as well as how money comes in and goes out. With Virgo being an earth sign, it is the perfect time to focus on the root chakra. Doing root chakra work will help you to remain grounded, and when accompanied by money rituals, can help you manifest job opportunities, finances, and material success.


An imbalanced root chakra will affect your physical structure, feet, legs, joints and muscles. It’s also associated with your adrenals and endocrine system. Emotionally it will trigger feelings of loneliness, insecurities, abandonment, depression, disconnection and instability.



MANTRA


Chanting the root chakra mantra will help to balance and activate your root chakra. Chanting "LAM" 108 times will help the root chakra tremendously. You can use the 24 minute guided meditation below to get started.



PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES


Doing yoga and any kind that activates the legs and feet. Also doing any activity that is grounding (squats, lunges), physical, and demands presence. Below is a root chakra yoga routine for beginners.


FOODS THAT BALANCE YOUR ROOT CHAKRA

-Root Vegetables: Vegetables that grow deep within the earth help to keep us grounded and embody the energy of the root chakra. Try potato, sweet potato, parsnip, turnip, carrot, beetroot, onion, garlic, ginger and turmeric.

-Proteins: Eggs, meats, beans and nuts are all high protein foods that are very grounding and nourishing for the root chakra.

-Red foods: It probably comes as no surprise that the colour of the chakras and the colour of foods are inextricably linked. It is believed that eating a wide range of red fruits and vegetables are great for balancing the root chakra. Strawberries, cherries, apples, pomegranate, tomato and raspberries.

STONES FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA

* Red Carnelian — Light red to orange — Semi-precious — Historically worn for strength and courage, red carnelian is used to cleanse and activate.

* Red Jasper — Earthy red — Semi-precious — Known as the “ring bringer” stone, red jasper is used to cleanse and balance.

* Bloodstone — Dark green with red spots — Semi-precious — Traditionally worn to promote self-esteem and repel negativity, it is used to cleanse and balance.

* Black Tourmaline — Black — Semi-precious — Used for spiritual grounding, this stone is good for cleansing and balancing.

* Obsidian — Black — Organic gemstone — A stone of protection, obsidian is good for cleansing and balancing.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA

Myrhh- Myrhh has been used in spiritual practices for over 5,000 years. It is very grounding and helps to release fears and trauma from difficult experiences. You can purchase myrhh here.

Sandalwood- Sandalwood improves trust and self identity. It is also used to remove negative energy and spirits. You can purchase sandalwood here.

Ylang ylang- Ylang ylang promotes balance and healing. It is also used to help release negative emotions and fear. This oil is also great for opening the heart chakra. You can purchase ylang ylang here.

Frankincense- Frankincense is used for grounding. It is also great at helping with visualization. At one point frankincense was valued as high as gold. You can purchase frankincense here.

Cinnamon- Cinnamon is great for grounding as well as attracting prosperity and money. You can purchase cinnamon here.


GETTING BACK TO YOUR ROOTS


Our root chakra is also associated with our ancestral roots. Knowing who you are and where you came from plays a big role in helping you strengthen your self identity. Remember energy ever dies, it is only transmuted. Our ancestors are always with us and love when we reach out to connect with them. Building a relationship with them is powerful. They are the spiritual team you have who has once walked the earth and can directly relate to your human experience. They are your first line of defense and can help guide and protect you on your journey through life. You can start building the connection is to create and ancestor altar to honor them. You can also start researching your genealogy using companies such as ancestry.com. Also, just talking to them and asking them for help and assistance allows them to work for you in your favor.


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