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Root chakra - Muladhara

The root chakra, known as Muladhara, is located in the perineum and relates to our basic primal needs - our finances, housing and material things. When our root chakra is open and flowing easily, we feel a sense of being in the right place, that we belong. We have stability security and a sense of trust in the world. However, if it’s blocked we can feel insecure, unstable and mistrusting of the world around us.

The colour we associate with this energy centre is red.

In our physical bodies to activate this are we focus on the feet and legs - how we stand on our own two feet and connect to the earth. We also associate the element of earth with this area so practices that help you feel solid, grounded, stable which we associate with our roots.

Working with a root chakra can involve healing old wounds connected to our roots - our past and issues relating to our family of origin.

Just like a tree - the stronger your roots then the more you can blossom in the world

To support our root chakra good essential oils are frankincense, cedarwood, patchouli or vetiver.

If you like to work with crystals then use emerald to calm or carnelian to bring balance to this area.

If your mind wanders during your yoga practices or meditation repeating an affirmation can help you regain focus. Here are some suggestions:

I am safe and secure

I am rooted in this moment

I am grounded

I am strong, sturdy and connected

My needs are always met

If you wish to consider healing this area in more depth, perhaps consider journalling around the following prompts after meditation:

Are my basic material needs of food, water, warmth, rest and housing always met?

Do I have to struggle to attain any of these basic needs??

What helps me feel safe?

When the world around me feels chaotic, what practices or rituals help me ground and connect back to myself?

In which situations do I struggle to feel grounded?

How do I trust all miss trust that I need to always be met?

Where do these beliefs come from?

When I am among the trees

When I am among the trees,

especially the willows and the honey locust,

equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,

they give off such hints of gladness.

I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,

in which I have goodness, discernment,

and never hurry through the world

but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves

and call out, “Stay awhile.”

The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,

“and you too have come

into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled

with light, and to shine.”

Mary Oliver

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