Our bodies are full of energy centers, known as the chakras, which can often be renewed, replenished and ultimately cleansed through various types of yoga. The root chakra, also known as the Muladhara chakra, is located at the base of the spine and serves as the starting point for our overall energy. It is believed to support physical energy, safety and fire emotional energy. In particular, exercising the root chakra is said to help us connect to the physical world and to ourselves, allowing us to have a more secure foundation on which we can build. The following yoga poses and exercises can be used to help open and balance the root chakra.
Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
The tree pose, also known as vrksasana, is often used to bring balance and stability to the first chakra. Start by standing at the top of the mat with your feet together. Bend your right knee, grab the right foot with your right hand and slowly raise above the right knee. Keep your hips squared and even, keep your gaze to the horizon and your hands above your head. Hold the pose for 3 to 5 breaths, or up to 10 breaths for a more challenging pose.
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Mountain pose is another pose often used to bring balance and stability to the root chakra. Begin by standing at the top of the mat with your feet together, keeping your arms and legs straight. Place your hands in front of your body, evenly shaped between your shoulders and your hips. Feel your feet rooted on the floor and your legs firmly connected to the earth. Make sure your spine is tall and your shoulders are back. Activate your tailbone and your pubic bone and hold the pose for up to 10 breaths.
Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Bridge pose is another classic Root Chakra opener. Begin by lying on your back with your feet flat, hip-width apart, and your knees bent. Move your arms alongside your body with your palms facing down. Then press your feet against the floor, inhale, and push your hips and thighs toward the ceiling, clasping your hands below your body if desired. Hold the pose for 5 to 10 breaths before slowly and gently releasing.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Child’s pose allows us to go within, connecting to the energy of the root chakra as we practice mindfulness. Begin by kneel on the floor with your knees hip-width apart. Rest your hips and buttocks back onto your heels. Then, move your arms alongside your body. Finally rest your forehead on the floor, relax and stay in this pose for up to 1 minute.
By practicing these 4 poses and exercises regularly, you can bring balance and stability to your root chakra, allowing you to feel more connected and secure. Allowing your root chakra to be strong is important so you can confidently express your authentic self.