Everything has a basis — where does the basis originate? Why, at the base, of course, at the First Chakra.
Our spines are wonderful conduits of energy and this vital energy starts at the base of the spine. We call this our First or Root Chakra, located in the rectum area. You’ve heard people say, “Oh, so and so’s such an anal person.” You can be sure this means so and so does not let go.
People whose energy is blocked here may be labeled as uptight. The energy in the First Chakra is the energy of elimination or apana. It is the most powerful of the elements in our body … the earth, manure, our own feces. This energy moves down and out.
People who do not eliminate properly may also have a fear of taking in — as they fear that their eliminative process, the functioning of their intestines, is not efficient and, therefore, is not capable of eliminating that which they take in.
These people may be overly conscious of what they eat and drink. Our bodies are made to function perfectly. People with too much apana tend toward lethargy and depression.
Here are some suggestions for releasing that apana, especially good first thing in the morning.
5 ways to Clear your First Chakra
1. Stomach Grind
To massage internal organs, keep them functioning optimally. Sit cross-legged, holding onto knees, rotate from waist, breathing slowly through the nose, 1-2 minutes in each direction.
2. Standing Flex
Place your hands on your thighs above the knees with your knees slightly bent. Inhale to press your spine forward, and exhale to release it back. Do not bob your head.
3. Shoulder Stance
This position turns your internal organs upside down, freeing them from gravities pushing on them. Start by lying on your back. Bring your legs up into the air, supporting your weight at the lower back with your hands. Stand upside down as tall as possible. 11 minutes of this rejuvenates like 2.5 hours of sleep.
4. One-minute Spine Flex
Sit cross-legged, hold onto your knees or shins. Take a deep inhale and hold your breath for up to 1 minute, flexing your spine forward and back. Keep you face forward and move from your spine, not from your hips or shoulders. Repeat this up to 5 times, breaking through your fear and deep emotional blocks.
5. Depression Eliminator
Sit cross-legged with your arms straight up in the air. Move your arms in circles. Breathe into it for 5 minutes. Keep your arms straight! Feel the massage to your rectum, as you let your body rock and move with the motion of your arms.
The First Chakra is the base for everything else in your body. Release the negative energy in your First Chakra every morning for a more relaxed day.
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