Feeling stuck? It's time to awaken your Root Chakra - in 6 easy steps!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Awaken your root chakra in 6 easy steps

Ah, the root chakra - when the base is not balanced, mind and body feel just...well...meh...

Lately, far too many thoughts and ideas are stuck in my head without ever being materialized and I tend to procrastinate far more than usual. Sounds familiar?

Well, if you can relate to one of the following:

- Juggling five different to-do lists
- Multi-tasking your way through the day but never actually finishing one single project
- Having panic attacks when deadlines are close
- Feeling insecure or not sure which path to take

...then it's definitely time to awaken your root chakra!
Because when your base is perfectly balanced, you not only feel confident and creative, but your mind is also razor-sharp, ready to move forward taking up any challenge with ease.

So, how do we actually awaken and balance our base chakra, also known as the "Muladhara"? As usual I choose the holistic approach, so here is my 6-step root chakra balancing program which should be done daily for at least one week:

1. Ayurveda:

According to Ayurveda, an ungrounded root chakra is often caused by Prana Vata imbalance. It becomes disturbed by irregular daily routines such as going late to bed, multitasking (or having too many things in your head) and even by traveling or changing time zones.

Avoiding too much Vata aggravating food (cold, dry and bitter) and making time for relaxing activities each day definitely helps. Here are some excellent tips on how to calm your Prana Vata and make it a daily routine.

2. Juicing:

I recently started daily juicing again and my energy levels have definitely gone up. A great inspiration to me for green juicing is the lovely Becca from The Dabblist. On her blog I found the perfect recipe for grounding the root chakra: a very earthy and deep red juice just like the color of the Muladhara. 

I'll just add 2 pinches of cayenne pepper for that extra spice and to get my metabolism going. You can find her fabulous recipe here:

Green Juicing via The Dabblist
via The Dabblist

3. Essential Oils:

Vetiver, Frankincense, Sandalwood and Patchouli are great essential oils to balance and ground the root chakra. They all have an earthy or woody scent helping you to calm down and cope with stress, exhaustion, anxiety, insecurity or fear.

I usually blend those essential oils (in total 4 drops) with Jojoba oil (or coconut oil) in a 10ml glass bottle and use it as a foot massage blend or pillow oil at night.

4. Reflexology:

Massaging the actual root chakra (which is located at the base of the spine by the tailbone) can be a bit difficult but we can do some equally effective foot reflexology - and it's actually very easy to do! Take the above foot massage oil blend and gently rub into the soles of your feet. Then watch this great short video to learn some simple reflexology techniques.

5. Yoga:

Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose) is the perfect restorative, grounding pose to settle your overactive mind and to just let go. Grab a lot of pillows, a strap and a blanket for maximum support of your inner thighs and groins. Stay in this pose for 10 minutes and just breathe. 

Restorative Supta Baddha Konasana Pose
via Jerome Terrier

6. Mantra Meditation:

In my opinion, meditation is the most important step in this whole root chakra balancing program. So if you are short on time and only can do one single step - meditate. Seriously, it just helps (watch here to learn how exactly it works on the brain in case you are still a skeptic).

I love to meditate in bed either before falling asleep or first thing in the morning to start my day more energized and focused.

If you are new to meditation, check out these awesome guided meditations for the root chakra or listen to this beautiful mantra recital here.

Now go and awaken your root chakra! 


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