(meaning "wheel" or "circle" in Sanskrit) are energy centers within the body; it is through these centers that vital life energy (known as
) flows. Life experiences - illness, trauma, stress - can cause energy imbalances, producing an array of disturbances. These imbalances may be temporary but can persist, resulting in chronic illness and habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. Happily, the chakras can be cleared, balanced and re-energized through yoga, deep breathing and meditation.
Given these unsettling (to say the least) times, the Root Chakra is a good place to start. Located at the base of the spine, this energy center is associated with the color red and governs basic animal instincts of survival: safety, shelter, nourishment, health. It connects to the body, the physical world around us and the ground beneath us. An unbalanced Root Chakra may manifest in feelings of isolation, abandonment, lack of trust; fear and anxiety predominate, taking control of our emotions. When balanced, however, we feel safe, alive and grounded, enjoying a vital connection to life.
Celebrate May Day
(the halfway point to the summer solstice!) with Grounding Meditation, which strengthens our physical connection to Mother Earth and promotes feelings of safety, security and trust. To really connect with the earth, try this meditation barefoot on the grass!