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Gentle Yoga for the First Chakra: Grounding and Connection

You may have spent Thanksgiving connecting with your family or framily (friends like family). That deep connection to our roots helps strengthen our first chakra.

In yogic thinking, the chakras are energy centers along the spine that affect us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

The first chakra, called the Muladhara or root chakra, is at the base of the spine. It is associated with the earth element and the color red. While all seven chakras are important, the root chakra is the foundation for a healthy flow of energy to all the other chakras, and thus, a healthy life.

When the root chakra is blocked we may feel anxious or depressed. We may feel stuck, unable to take action, ungrounded, or disconnected.

When the root chakra is healthy, we feel at home with our family, our tribe, the earth, and our own body. Our energy is calm and steady. We belong.

In yoga this week we will focus on nurturing and strengthening our first chakra for a strong foundation, grounding, and a deepening sense of connection to ourselves and our world.

“Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the root.” ~Rumi

"You can relieve pain and suffering by learning to take better care of your chakras." ~Catherine Carrigan

“It is up to us how we explore the great wonders in our body, its life force, and subtle centers we call chakras. We can either deny that they exist or learn to understand, work and awaken them in order to live a more fulfilling life on planet Earth.” ~Raju Ramanathan

“Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.” ~ Henry Miller

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” ~Kahlil Gibran

“It was when I stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself I found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole.” ~Rupi Kaur

“The body never lies." ~Martha Graham

"I send energy to my root chakra when my bare feet touch the earth." ~Rachel Rose

I am grounded. My spirit is grounded deep in the earth. I am calm, strong, centered, and peaceful. I am able to let go of fear and trust that I am eternally safe. I am worthy of all things beautiful. ~Carly Marie

Hope you can make it to Willow Street Yoga from 11am until 12:30pm this and every Wednesday. You can sign up in advance at or at the door.



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