Get to the root of the solution: heal your muladhara chakra.

Via Michelle Margaret Fajkus
on Apr 26, 2011
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The body never lies. ~Martha Graham

Root chakra concerns: survival, stability, physical needs, security, connection with the earth

Root chakra essential questions:

  • What do I need?
  • What keeps me grounded?
  • How do I connect with my physical body?
  • How do I connect with nature?
  • What makes me feel secure?
  • Where am I safe?
  • What gives me sustenance?
  • How can I share my stability and strength with others?

Chant: LAM

1st chakra thoughts: Being grounded simply means embodying the present moment. We are all hard-wired with the victim mentality. It’s tough to get rid of the ego’s subconscious notion: “Why me?” (Or, “Why not me?”) Balancing the first chakra means going to the places that scare you, sitting there, breathing, feeling your body, feeling your feelings completely, not wriggling away, not plotting your escape. A healthy root chakra is connected to both the earth and the sky, the grounded, solid quality of reality as well as the expansive spaciousness of acute awareness.

1st chakra poem:
Rooting
Spread your toes
Ground yourself
You are your own
spiritual guide
What you need is
within you
Pacha Mama

Your sole is your soul

Practice suggestions:

  1. Mula bandha, similar to Kegel exercises in which the pelvic floor is lifted inward and upward
  2. Grounding poses such as trikonasana (triangle), focusing on the soles of the feet and their connection to the earth in standing poses.
  3. Seated forward bends such as janu sirsasana (head to knee pose), focusing on the connection of the legs and pelvic floor with the earth.
  4. Yin yoga poses like supta badhakonasana (reclining butterfly pose), using the power of gravity to ground and connect with earth energy.
  5. Practicing barefoot outside, ideally directly on the grass, soil or sand.

Muladhara music:

I will survive by Gloria Gaynor
Human nature by Michael Jackson
What a wonderful world by Louis Armstrong
Todo cambia by Mercedes Sosa
Ganesh is fresh by MC Yogi (the elephant lord Ganesha is the ruler of Muladhara chakra)

Root chakra readings:

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About Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Michelle Margaret is a Gemini yogini, writer, teacher and retreat leader who founded Yoga Freedom in 2002 in Austin, Texas. Her home since 2012 is Lake Atitlán, Guatemala where she lives in a tiny eco cabin with her Colombiano partner and their adorable daughter, dog and two gatos. Michelle has been writing this column for elephant journal since 2010 and has written some inspiring books, with more on the way. She leads yoga and mindfulness retreats and serves as the retreat managers for the stunningly beautiful Villa Sumaya on majestic Lago Atitlan. Her lineage is the very esoteric Yoga Schmoga, which incorporates hatha yoga asana, dharma (Buddhist) teachings, pranayama (breath work), yin yoga, mindfulness practices and meditation. Join Michelle on retreat in Guatemala!

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