I'm a huge advocate of yoga for so many reasons, but one reason is the grounding benefits from hitting the mat.
If you're familiar with the chakra system, chakra one forms our foundation. It's our grounding chakra.
Unfortunately, many of us have lost our footing; our heads are lost up in the clouds, causing our chakras to come out of alignment. It’s not uncommon for this to happen; we're constantly thinking, planning and obsessing, but the problem with living in the head is that we push all our energy upward. Like a balloon that’s been released, you can run the risk of losing your connection with the earth.
We and all other living beings are glued to the earth; we're all part of an entire planet. If we forget our connection with Earth, we run the risk of becoming an isolated ego, and our own problems become all that matter.
Our childhood experiences can dictate how our energy flows as an adult. During childhood, energy learns certain pathways, and these pathways are formed as a result of our experiences. If we suffer hardships such as abandonment, divorce, alcoholism or physical and mental abuse, our bodies enter a fearful mode.
The natural reaction of the body in a fearful situation is to tense up, and this energy moves upward creating a mind body split. We lose the fundamental belief that we have a right to be here. We lose our footing.
When the ground disappears, it leaves us charged with anxiety, which is directly tied to our physical vitality, endurance and mental perseverance. We essentially lose our security, and it can have devastating effects on our mental health and prosperity.
If the first chakra is unbalanced, inevitably the rest of the chakras become unbalanced. We need to start from the beginning and work our way up. Chakra one lays the fundamental foundation for our entire system.
To determine if you have an unbalanced grounding chakra, you should consider these questions: