By Luminary: Tara Koenig
This is the first post in a series of 7 about the chakras. At their core your chakras are the 7 main energy systems within the body traveling up the spine. Roughly translated they mean wheels, after all; energy is never still. Energy is constantly moving and changing, much like your body. I recently taught a seven week series where each week we would focus on a different energy system within the body. I always like to use the Baptiste approach to all new practices, which include Asana (the physical yoga practice), Meditation, and Inquiry (or self discovery). I find when combining these three practices you get a sense of self as a whole – body, mind and spirit. Try giving each chakra a week or two of focus to really feel a difference.
Our root chakra is also associated with survival. From the basic needs of human life (food, shelter, warmth, rest) to the modern day financial and living needs, our root chakra is responsible for giving us a sense of safety and security with our surroundings.
Physical dysfunctions associated with an imbalanced root chakra: Chronic low back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, rectal tumors/cancer, depression, and immune-related disorders. Weight gain or loss is common; IBS, anemia and a poor immune system are all related to an over or under active root chakra.
Some things to try on to help open and unlock your root chakra are;
It’s really important that we fuel our bodies the right way and boost our mood and energy naturally instead of turning to caffeine and sugar-filled snacks. While they might give you a temporary hit, they won’t do your body any good in the long run; they will only slow you down and leave you even more tired!
There is wide variation in women’s and men’s bodies; some women will have a narrower pelvis than the average man and some men will have more flexible joints than the average woman. However, there are significant differences between the average female and average male body.