Chakra is the Sanskrit word for circular wheels of energy, which are in and around our bodies. The 7 chakras line up in the center of our bodies. Chakras 8 through 12 are connected to the soul, the divine and the cosmos (www.energymuse.com). I am starting with the root chakra muladhara and will then do a post for each of the chakras.
Sanskrit name: Muladhara
Association: physical and spiritual energy, grounding, safety & security, family loyalty, foundation
Imbalances: lack of energy, eating disorders, insecurity, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, lack of sex drive, foot and/or leg pain
Symbol: lotus with 4 petals; triangle in the center pointing down signifying grounding to the earth
Location: base of the spine near coccyx
Healing Stones to balance, heal and cleanse the root chakra (place on chakra area while meditating): garnet, red jasper, red calcite, smoky quartz, obsidian, hematite
Essential Oils to support root chakra: rosewood, rosemary, sandalwood, cedar, clove, ginger
Organs connected to root chakra: vertebral column, feet, blood, legs, teeth, skeleton
Strengthening Root Chakra: walk barefoot on dirt, grass, sand; sit and rest your back on a tree; Yoga poses: Shavasana, Tadasana (mountain pose), Virabhadrasana 1 (warrior 1)
I am a big fan of the Journey Junkie and she has put out a yoga flow for each chakra that I will share with each post.
I am reading Wheels of Life, which is a great book that discusses the 7 chakras. It seems to be the “bible” of chakras (affiliate link).