Là-bas, en bas! How to open your root chakra
I’m lying on the floor of a Jaipur hotel room, stretching. You would think that the pose suits my rather feline looks but I am not doing it for effect: I need to stretch out because I am suffering from a bad back. Even a 26-year old, it seems, is not immune to the stresses of life. After the launch of Tallulah Rose, my life became a precarious balancing act that falls somewhere between madness, exhaustion and elation.
Teatime on a seductive balmy Jaipur afternoon and I am seated on the wide elegant porch of my hotel with an unchecked view of a palm–fringed lawn. In the background, there is a murmur about energy cleansing. I pretend to read but instead eavesdrop on their conversation, which provides a tantalising glimpse into the world of this immaculate perception of energy cleansing. Immediately, I am obsessed.
“I pretend to read but instead eavesdrop on their conversation, which provides a tantalising glimpse into the world of this immaculate perception of energy cleansing. Immediately, I am obsessed.”
Imagine your spine as a tree trunk with seven ascending flowers growing out of it. These flowers are either opened or closed, depending upon your health and mental disposition. Located at the base of the spine (and its point of activation within the perineum area) is our body’s most primal energy center, known as the root chakra*. To avoid overt gawping, the French say, là-bas, en bas. Thank me later.
When the root chakra is imbalanced due to trauma or psychological issues such as psychosomatic suppression and repression, we experience a disruption in the flow of life. This blocked energy may lead to constant mis – alignment in personal, existential and relationship matters. Physical issues potentially caused by a blocked Root Chakra include a sore lower back and low energy levels.
Here are 5 techniques to unblock the Root Chakra
When you’re feeling less than grounded stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and relax your upper body. Let your arms rest comfortably at your sides and allow your hips to rest slightly forward. Breathe deeply and with each exhale feel your connection to the earth deepen.
Since the root chakra’s element is red, try picturing a red glow at the base of your spine. This glow will slowly expand, making the whole area warm and relaxed. Rest in this sensation for 3-5 minutes.
Chant “LAM” to yourself…
This sound matches the vibration of the root chakra. Try drawing out the letters into sounds, such as “lllaaamm…”
Reconnect with Nature…
Be aware of every step you take. Concentrate on your breath and every footfall. With every step take note of the sensation you feel each time your foot touches the ground. Mindfulness of something as mundane as walking can activate the root chakra and ground you to the earth.
Repeat Root Chakra Affirmations…
Targeted affirmations are incredibly useful for root chakra healing. As with all affirmations, you can repeat these positive statements multiple times a day, or anytime you get a sense your chakra might be blocked*.