Chakra of the Month: August. {Root chakra}

Via Michelle Margaret Fajkus
on Aug 29, 2013
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Welcome to the inaugural post of a seven-part, seven-month series, Chakra of the Month!

Although August is nearly drawing to a close, I would like to introduce the root chakra as this month’s energy center.

The root chakra is your body’s security guard. You know when you get sick and literally feel like you are going to die? Or completely overwhelmed and on the verge of a nervous breakdown? That’s your root chakra screaming that it’s seriously out of alignment.

On the other hand, feeling grounded, safe, stable and confident signifies that your ruby-red root chakra is spinning healthily and shining like the sun.

I experienced a big-time, root-chakra shaker at the beginning of this month.

After getting married in July, we were on our honeymoon in Colombia when our baby daughter, Jade, got a fever. She ended up needing to be hospitalized with a bacterial infection. After a few days, she was fine, but I was a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

I’ll write more about this experience next month, but, in short, I was reading When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron, and then things fell apart. My root chakra was spinning out of control, in a bad way. After the honeymoon at the hospital, I had to deal with my new mother-in-law, unreliable bus travel in South America, frustrating corporate airline policies and facing my ugliest fears around the issues of authority, power and control.

When this happens, as it will at various times throughout life, the most important thing to do is breathe.

Inhale, exhale and know that this too shall pass. We humans are remarkably resilient. You will survive, and –even better– prevail!

Now, I’m back home, getting settled, taking root. I’m thrilled to wake up every day and have the chance to write about, teach about, and share the things I love best: yoga and mindfulness.

Photo by Shaylamyst
Photo by Shaylamyst

I’ve realized that in order to maintain my lifestyle (living at a lake in Guatemala where the scenery is beautiful but the salaries are slim), I need to earn more money. Hence, I am grateful to Waylon for paying his top elephant writers as well as other free services that allow me to create e-books and earn royalties. I’ve earned $2.20 so far, but I feel so rich!

Want to learn more about your root chakra and the other six main chakra points? Here are some free relephant resources.

Bonus–I Will Survive: Rock Your Root Chakra Playlist


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Ed: Sara Crolick


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 ebooks, 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!


5 Responses to “Chakra of the Month: August. {Root chakra}”

  1. Lorraine says:

    My friend and I are coming to Guatemala in January… We will definitely look you up. Thanks for sharing!

  2. yoga freedom says:

    Lorraine: Awesome! Hope to meet you then. Namaste, Michelle

  3. Bob Fajkus says:

    Happy you made it through the obstacles in South America

  4. yoga freedom says:

    Thanks, Dad! Love you!

  5. Mel says:

    Glad you're putting your roots down in Guatemala .