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Understanding the Root Chakra

Understanding the Root Chakra

This seven-month editorial series will explore chakras: What are they? What organs are affected? How can I support my energy body health?

Chakras are an integral part of physical, psychological and spiritual functions. Scientific inquiry may one day prove what ancient scholars have long believed: Chakras are a part of the energy body. The major acupuncture points in the Indian traditions are called chakras (whirling energy centers). These energy centers control and energize major organs. When they malfunction, the vital organs become sick or dis-eased because they do not have enough life energy to function properly.

Opinions differ as to how many chakras exist. It is generally accepted that there are at least seven major chakras. The first one is the Root chakra. It is located at the base of the spine.

The Root chakra (also called Muladhara or Pitti kalam) is the symbol of an elephant which is known as “abundant in strength.”

The physical functions of the Root chakra are linked to the body, bones and overall vitality. The psychological functions are stability, security and survival instincts. When the Root chakra is overactive, one can suffer from hyperactivity, intolerance, and rigidity. When it is underactive, poor health with slow recovery and lack of focus occur. One may feel they do not have enough or are enough. The gland associated is the adrenal gland which initiates a fight or flight response.

The color associated with it is red. Wearing and surrounding yourself in red helps to restore balance.

A yoga pose recommended is the Chair Pose (Utkatasana). There is no better way to directly open it than with the practice of this pose. This powerful pose, where the root takes the weight of the entire spine and the hips, enables a direct opening of the muscles around the lower part of the spine.

Walking barefoot in the grass and sitting under a tree is also a great way to feel grounded.

To open the Root chakra, try infusing earthy essential oils or burning incense or candles like sandalwood, cedarwood, patchouli, rosemary, and cinnamon.
For food, think red! Apples, beets, tomatoes, strawberries.

The crystals are red tiger eye, ruby, garnet, red jasper, hematite.

Mantra examples are “I love my body, and it is my temple” and “I am rooted in the present moment.”

Root chakra health is the building block to a grounded life.

This article was created in collaboration with Maureen Keller, Pranic Healer at Pranic Life  and Kara, Body Intuitive and Owner of Shifting Souls Metaphysical Store.

 

Focused on providing self-directed health, Kara, Owner of Shifting Souls  Her store is located inside Unity of Central Florida (771 Holden Ave, Orlando, FL 32839).

 

 Kara can be reached at kara@ShiftingSouls.net or 321-328-5912.
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