There are seven chakras on the human body that are used for meditation practices. These chakras are invisible wheels of energy used to release negative energies and bring in positive energies. These chakras start at the top of your head and travel down the spine to your root chakra.
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A person’s root chakra is found at the base of a person’s spine and symbolizes being grounded and supported. Balancing one’s root chakra can make a person feel centered, open, and trusting. How does a person open their root chakra and feel more firm? Scroll below to find 10 different yoga poses that can help.
10 Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
A forward fold is exactly what it sounds like: standing at the foot of your mat, bend from the hips and reach for the ground. A yogi should try and get their chest as close to their thighs as they comfortably can without strain.
While taking deep breaths in and out, a person should feel this stretch in their hamstrings, lower back, and knees. It can loosen the root chakra and allow a person to feel grounded at the foot of their mat.
9 Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvāṅgāsana)
Bridge pose is one of those yoga exercises that is implemented in various classes and genres. While laying on the ground, bring your feet close to your body while being flat on the ground. Raise your bottom as high as you can towards the sky so that those hips are raised.
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Doing this pose can release tension in a person’s back while stretching the neck, hamstrings, and bum. With your feet planted safely, it’s a great pose for a root chakra to feel trusted and guided.
8 Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
The easy pose is one of those poses that is done by anyone who stretches (and doesn’t even realize they’re partaking in a yoga pose). While sitting on the ground with both legs crossed over each other, a yogi is stretching and opening their hips, lower back, chest, and knees.
The longer a person sits in this pose, the more open they’ll feel and lower their legs will get to the ground. This pose is known to release stress, which makes it a fun one to do in the middle of the day to re-center.
7 Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)
Warrior II is one of those poses that’s easily recognizable to both yogis and non-yogis alike. Standing in a lunge position, have the foot in front facing the direction in front of you while the back foot is parallel to the front.
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Release those arms to the side and lean into the stretch. Keep your core tight and arms focused while doing Warrior II and a yogi will feel strong and stable, allowing the root chakra to bring in positive emotions and release the bad.
6 Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar)
Surya Namaskar is more often referred to as sun salutations or saluting to the sun. It’s an amazing sequence to do in the morning to literally welcome the day and get centered. A great part of sun salutations is that it can be done quickly to break a sweat or be done at a slower pace to feel the stretch.
Different teachers may add their own spin to sun salutations but most can start out in mountain pose before transitioning into a forward fold. From there, a yogi can kick their leg out behind them to be in a plank before transitioning into chaturanga, upward dog, and downward dog. The entire sequence opens the body up and can be cathartic for the root chakra.
5 Knee To Chest (Apanasana)
Knees-to-chest seems like a basic posture but it’s underrated at that. While lying on your back, bring both of your knees to your chest.
Grab those knees closer to your chest (almost as if you’re hugging yourself) and rock back and forth, up and down, or just simply be. This is a great pose for elimination and is great if you’re bloated or having stomach distress. It’s also ideal to open up that root chakra as you’ll feel centered being “one” with yourself.
4 Child Pose (Balasana)
Many yoga poses start out in child’s pose and it’s easy to see why. It’s one of those poses that feels incredibly liberating without much work. You can have your arms stretched out in front of you, to the side, or even on the ground next to you.
Take deep breaths and feel the tension in your back and shoulders melt away. If you have your arms stretched out in front of you, you’ll feel your shoulders and sides loosen up. Being close to the ground is a wonderful way to be close to the earth, thus benefiting your root chakra.
3 Garland Pose (Malasana)
Garland pose may be difficult for new yogis but with practice comes perfection. If it’s too hard to balance with your elbows in between your knees, try placing a pillow beneath you until you gain trust and flexibility with yourself.
The garland pose is a wonderful hip opener and can be an easy gateway to the root chakra. You can feel the benefits in your groin, knees, and even your ankles.
2 Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Mountain post is much more than standing. It’s a pose that stretches the entire body while also getting more stable in your practice. It’s a great pose to start any practice with.
With your big toes together, keep those knees soft and core tight as you center yourself. Make sure you’re looking forward with a softened mouth and neck. You’ll want to feel completely relaxed. To start off, a person can roll back and forth on their feet and bring their arms over their head to feel completely intuned to the earth and that root chakra.
1 Standing Wide-Legged Forward Fold (Prasarita Padottanasana)
Another way to become one with yourself and open up that root chakra is a wide-legged stretch while in a forward fold. Instead of doing a forward fold with your legs close together, you’re actually going separate them while bending at the hips and bringing your head as close as you can to the ground.
A yogi can grab their feet, ankles, or a block to focus on balance. Holding this pose for 15 to 30 seconds can do wonders for a person’s mood, muscles, and yes, the root chakra!
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