Do you suffer from anxiety, nervousness, fears or feelings of being all over the place or overwhelmed? You could use some Root Chakra Balancing.
What is the Root Chakra you ask?
The Root Chakra (Muladhara – Sanskrit) is the first energy genter in the body. It represents our foundation and feelings of being grounded. This Chakra is located in the base of the spine, in your tailbone area. Emotional issues associated with this energy center surround survival and independance.
If our root chakra is out of balance, we tend to feel anxious, worried, fearful, apathetic, spacey and ‘all over the place’.
Our physical bodies can show a root chakra imbalance through the colon, bladder, lower back and knees/legs/feet.
I have always been a ‘mover and a shaker’, extreme go-getter, busy-bee type person. I am productive and always have a full schedule. I love to do as much as possible and often forget to relax, slow down and smell the roses. By being constantly on the move with my head in the clouds most of the t ime, I can very often feel uprooted and not so grounded. Working on my root chakra has been helpful in bringing me back to Earth.
Ways to balance the root chakra:
*Yoga, Tai Chi
*Meditation, sound therapy
*Deep breathing exercises
*Earthing, connecting with nature
There are lots of great ways to balance your root chakra, but my favorite way is obviously via my mouth!!
Here is the Real Life But Better Root Veggie Salad for Root Chakra Balancing
- 1 Sweet potato
- 2 Parsnips
- 2 Rutabagas
- 3 Carrots
- 1/2 Yellow onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 6 Asparagus spears
- 20 Soaked Almonds
- Collard Greens
- Avocado oil, sea salt, ground pepper, cayenne (powdered ginger – optional)
- Roast the sweet potato, parsnips, rutabaga, carrots, onion, garlic and asparagus in the oven at 400F until soft.
- Let it cool down then mix with almonds and chopped collard greens (or any lettuce, kale, spinach)
- Pour the salad dressing mix in, toss it around a bit and enjoy!
Root vegetables are great for grounding!
They are heavier, dense and super connected to the earth. Also, whenever we are out of balance, our immune systems get thrown off, so eating superfoods like onion, garlic and asparagus help boost our systems and get us back to feeling our best.
Take a trip to your local farmer’s market, food co-op or health food shop to get the best fresh, organic produce!
Color therapy is also useful when balancing the chakras.
There is a lot of orange and green in this salad which is useful for balancing the sacral and heart chakra too (I’ll write about these soon). Specific to the root chakra is the color red, so if you are searching for a great snack or dessert, choose deep red fruits such as cherries, strawberries, raspberries or apples!
Finally, after some tasty food therapy, you can balance your Root Chakra with a Yin Yoga class.
Thiago, co-founder of #Getlifedrunk practicing at Upward Dog Yoga Studio in Ottawa’s Byward Market.
We invite you to regain your own balance.
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