5 Root Chakra Exercises: Learn to Be Present
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine where the Kundalini energy sits. It’s our foundation and connects to our sense of survival, security, finances, career, and passions. As the most physical chakra, anything that makes you more aware of your body will strengthen this chakra. When your root chakra is balanced, you feel centered and present in the here and now.
How to Bring Yourself Back to the Present Moment:
1. Your Daily Breath Mantra
The first thing that you can do to develop a full, happy, and meaningful life is to make a conscious effort to be present and aware. Live in the moment.
We’re all so busy rushing, multitasking, and listening to the endless stream of chatter in our minds. Every once in awhile, stop and take a deep and cleansing breath. Treat yourself and take a few more. Tell yourself, “I owe it to myself. I can do this for myself.” Do this simple thing throughout the day and your tantra, your way of living, will become different.
2. Count Your Blessings
Before I even get out of bed in the morning, I take a couple of minutes just to be grateful for being alive. Even if you don’t mean it at first, just say it. After a few days, you’ll find that you’re saying it for real.
Maybe write down five things you’re thankful for every day. There’s always something, whether it’s as life-changing as your children or as mundane (but still important) as the fact that you have all your fingers and toes.
3. Keeping It Together
Daily life has its share of frustrations and irritating situations. Car rides and errands can be seriously damaging for your psyche — there’s traffic, the kids are fighting, and other drivers are raging at each other.
When you feel yourself losing it, put up a mental stop sign. Make the decision: “OK, now I’m going to change this.” Breathe and make the conscious decision not to lose your cool. Everything that goes down has to go up. And the other way around. You just have to stop and acknowledge it.
4. Breathing Exercise: Use This for Stress, Traffic, and Any Other Daily Annoyances
Close your right nostril with your right index finger. Raise your left hand with your left ring finger and left thumb touching. Breathe hard and noisily through your left nostril, inhaling and exhaling for an equal amount of time.
This will bring in calming, female moon energy rather than the masculine sun energy that enters through the right side. Do this for at least one minute and you will feel the difference.
5. Moving Crow Pose
This position is strengthening for both the mind and body. It stimulates your Kundalini energy and shifts it up your spine. It grounds you.
*Do not do this if you are pregnant or during the first three days of your period.
Sit in Crow Pose: Squat with feet apart. Extend your arms in front of you and clasp your hands, with the index fingers pointing straight ahead. Inhale through the nose as you rise up into a standing position, keeping your arms parallel to the ground. Exhale through the nose and come back down into a squat. When you inhale, rising up, mentally recite the mantra “Sat” and when you exhale, mentally recite “Nam” (“Truth is my name”).
Repeat at least seven times, building up to 26 times. As you become stronger, you’ll be able to do this faster, staying in the rhythm of your breath.