The body is the vehicle, consciousness the driver. Yoga is the path, and the chakras are the map.
Practicing Root Chakra Yoga helps you overcome emotional and physical challenges that might be affecting your well-being. It stimulates the production of endorphins, which make you feel good. In addition it is a powerful curer against backache, neck pain, insomnia or irritability. And that is just what happens naturally!
Yoga for the root chakra is an exercise to connect with the physical world. When we are rooted, we can ground ourselves and focus on exploring our lives fully.
5 Yoga Poses To Activate and Balance Root Chakra
Balasana or Child’s Pose
A deep stretch in this pose releases tension and stress stored throughout the whole body. Roll up to kneeling with your feet hip-width apart and knees below hips.
Bring hands around your torso for extra support if needed, press into elbows in order to release arm muscles as you slide arms away from shoulders and let them hang loose by sides. Your neck can relax now and ease down onto chest as you exhale through mouth/nose whichever feels best. Hold the pose for a minute or two.
Malasana or Garland Pose
For doing Malasana yoga pose, sit down in squatting position with both your feet joining together, as seen in the picture. Fold your palms in namaste hands position, now either keep it close to your chest or raise them up in sky. Hold for a minute or two.
This pose engages the muscles of the thighs, groin, and buttocks to open up the pelvis so that energy that’s blocked in the lower part of your body can rise upwards with greater ease, thereby tapping into your root energy very effectively.
Uttanasana or Standing Forward Bend Pose
To practice a standing forward bend yoga pose align your feet so they point straight ahead, take one step back with each foot to give yourself space and then slowly bring down the upper body from its upright position by bending over. Gently press the palms flat into the mat on either side of you and wrap your hands around each big toe. Relax your head so it hangs in between your arms that are wrapped around your toes.
Virbhadrasana or Warrior Pose
Start the yoga pose in standing and take a wide stance with feet at about shoulder width apart. Now, bend your right knee to bring the thigh parallel to the floor and slowly lower your torso between your arms. Look forward and shift all of your weight over that right foot so you can feel grounded, strong, rooted to the Earth.
Bhujangasana or Cobra Pose
This pose is named so because of its resemblance to the coiled snake ready to attack. If you need more space, feel free to extend both arms out straight ahead and place your palms down on either side next to your head on the floor. Once you establish this position, inhale deeply through the nose and then as you exhale, gently contract your abdominals and lengthen from the back through your spine, then gradually raise your spine upwards making a 90 degree angle, while taking support from your arms. Hold it for at least five breaths.
We hope this article has been helpful in understanding how to activate your root chakra by practicing yoga. Practice these poses regularly for the best results!
When the energy of the root chakra is flowing well, you feel grounded, yet free as a bird.
If you are interested, here is a list of poses that can help ground your energies and bring balance into your life : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pbuvhbg7po