Chakra Chat: The Root Chakra
Let's start from the bottom up, starting with the Base or Root Chakra. First, the basics:
- Color: Red
- Where to spot it: Base of your spine
- Why it's useful: It keeps you grounded.
- Yoga pose: Easy seated pose or sukhasana. Sit cross legged on the floor (or on a pillow, folded blanket, or yoga block if you find yourself slumping with your knees coming up high) with your spine upright. Feel the bottom of your spine connect to the surface below it and heavy your lower body downwards until you feel completely rooted.
A couple of years ago, I did a lot of traveling to places I never thought I'd ever be interested in. I was enamored by the whole gypset aesthetic — wanderlust can look romantic when you're looking at it from the outside.
I jumped from beach to island to mountain, hoping to embody the free spirit, travel-anywhere life. I was at a big bonfire, one night, meeting one set of travelers after another when it hit me—I was floating around aimlessly. I was having the same conversation again and again and again—where are you from, where are you going next, why are you here… The tedium was as unattractive as the pretty photos I'd take on my trips.
That aimlessness comes from a lack of connection to the Base chakra. All I wanted to do was go home and be with family. I couldn't wait to get back to my room, my bed, and not gonna lie, my shower.
When your Base or Root chakra is secure, you have a strong foundation inside you. There's no need to look outward for security or inspiration. I realized I didn't have to keep wandering around to connect to myself.
PS: "A Little Princess" was one of my favorite books and movies growing up. Sara goes through a ton of challenges while away from home and disconnected from her father until she finally establishes her base again, through the new ties she forges. (It's so handy how we can find the chakras' relevance everywhere!).