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Understanding Your Chakra System: The Root

Within each of us lies a subtle energy system, through which our energy flows and expands, allowing us to shine from the inside out. Widely referred to as our Chakra System, this invisible yet wildly powerful network runs from the base of your spine to the crown of your head. And within this system are seven individual energy centers, known as your chakras. Each chakra is associated with certain parts of the body, as well as specific mental and spiritual components, to which it feeds energy. When balanced and nourished, our chakras open, allowing energy to flow in and out effortlessly, extending this vitality and abundance to all pillars of life. Our lifestyle, habits, diet, thoughts, words, emotions, relationships, and life experiences all profoundly affect our chakras. It is so important to our health, wealth, and happiness that we become aware of this energy system and how our own actions affect it. And so, we present to you the S-Life Understanding Your Chakra System series. Over the next seven weeks, we will introduce a different chakra (working our way up the body), and what you can do to elevate and sustain your unique and divine energy in each area. 
Your first chakra, the Root Chakra, is located at the base of your spine and serves as the literal and metaphorical foundation for your body’s energy system. Associated with the color red and the four-petal Lotus flower, it is the root of your being, grounding and connecting you to life in the physical world. Largely responsible for your sense of safety and security, this is your most primal and fundamental chakra. Finding balance here lays the foundation for open energy flow throughout the rest of your chakras. Energy begins at the base of the spine (aka, the root chakra), traveling up until it reaches the crown of the head (the 7th and final chakra, the crown chakra). With an unbalanced or blocked root chakra, there is no where for this vital and life-giving energy to go, causing all of our chakras to remain untapped.

The root chakra oversees our connections and relationships with the material world, including our possessions, finances, and career. For many, an imbalanced root chakra leads to a "scarcity mindset", and lack, believing we don’t have enough (despite how inherently abundant all of life always is), and an unhealthy, fear-based relationship with money. If nourished and balanced, this chakra will support you in feeling deeply empowered, allowing you to find the delicate balance between exercising control over your world and trusting that you will be taken care of (you always will!).

Because the root chakra is the is the energetic foundation of our physical lives, it’s believed that all physical conditions and illnesses have a root chakra component. However, most root chakra imbalances physically manifest themselves in the bladder, sexual organs, adrenal glands, kidneys, lower back, legs, and feet. Chronic symptoms in these areas may indicate a root chakra imbalance. Personally, I struggled with chronic urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and kidney infections for four years straight without relief. It wasn’t until I dove deeply into my yoga practice and began studying the chakras, that I realized these physical symptoms were a manifestation of my blocked root chakra.

When out of balance, you may feel: anxious, fearful, burnt out, aggressive, envious, overly controlling, and insecure.

When properly balanced, you will feel: powerful, deeply energized, grounded, abundant, at ease, and centered.

So how do we go about balancing, loving, and supporting this sacred and life-giving energy system?

While yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, and energy work are all fantastic techniques for raising our vibration and nourishing our chakras, the food we eat plays a powerful role in how balanced we feel not just physically and mentally, but energetically as well.

With it’s focus on grounding and rooting down, it’s no surprise that the most nourishing foods for the root chakra are root vegetables! Carrots, beets, parsnips, rutabaga, radishes, garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes, ginger, and turmeric all have a soothing and balancing effect on the root chakra. Similarly, sipping on dandelion root tea is a perfect way to ground down and reconnect with your core at the end of each day.

A healthy root chakra vibrates at the color red, so eating red foods help to provide this energy and sense of balance. Tomatoes, strawberries, goji berries, apples, pomegranates, cherries, and red rooibos tea, are all associated with balance in this area. Above all, focus on whole, fresh, organic, and life-sustaining foods.

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