At this time of year with a reduction in sunlight you might be feeling a bit out of sorts. In autumn it can be very tempting to want to go into hibernation mode. However if you are feeling lethargic, low or generally out of balance the chakras present a fascinating way of viewing bodily energy.
According to the yogic view, chakras (‘spinning wheels’) are centres which our energy flows through. They relate to our thoughts and feelings and the physical body and each has a different focus. If a centre becomes blocked and therefore under-active or conversely over-active we can feel out of balance. According to yogic philosophy there are 7 main chakras situated up the spine. The lowest chakra, at the base of the spine and foundation to all the others, is the root chakra or Muladhara and relates to self preservation and feeling safe. As you might expect its element is the earth.
Feeling a bit scattered, anxious and insecure can be particularly prevalent in autumn- season of change. All around us the world is changing -socially, politically technologically–and we are subject to an onslaught of potentially alarming information through the media, which can provoke feelings of fear, suspicion and a belief that the world is dangerous and other people are out to get us. Often our fears are irrational. For example we know that statistically we are unlikely to be involved in a plane crash but that might not stop us overestimating the risk of flying and being unable to travel by plane. In many ways life can feel uncertain and it’s no wonder that we might be feeling de-stabilized!
If this sounds familiar territory to you here are suggestions for tapping in to muladhara to feel more grounded:
Spend some time outdoors and get out into nature; get your hands in soil even if it’s just planting a bulb; sit and watch the stars, a sunrise, a sunset; be aware of your connection with the ground through the feet when you’re standing or walking; do a breathing practice to reduce anxiety-e.g. intercostal breathing (allowing rib cage to expand and release with the breath); breathe steadily in a way which encourages the exhalation to be longer than the inhalation e.g to a 3-6 or 4-8 count; practise yoga postures which enhance the quality of being connected and anchored – lying on the mat in semi supine, Pose of a child; standing or sitting postures with weight evenly distributed; Warrior poses which focus on stability and strength through the legs.
I appreciate that chakras might sound a bit ‘new-agey’ to some people, but everyone can benefit from a feeling of being supported, safe and secure. I’d love to know what you think!