Chakras are spinning wheels of energy in your body—a movement repeated throughout the universe, from galaxies to atoms. Each of the seven chakras reflects a different aspect of consciousness that's crucial to living fully.
If a chakra is blocked, it can result in both physical and spiritual ailments. The first chakra—the Muladhara, or the root chakra—is an especially important one, as it's the foundation of the entire system.
The Muladhara sits at the base of the spine near the perineum, and its main functions are survival, stability, and connection to family or tribe. If you experience many health or financial problems, feelings of panic or fear, unexplained pains in your body, or feelings of disconnect and alienation from those around you, you may need to work on opening this chakra.
Beyond self-care and body awareness, the poses below are meant to stimulate and release energy from the Muladhara.
First, make sure that your body is properly warmed up with a flow sequence. Take five to ten sun salutations, integrating a Vinyasa (exhale to Chaturanga or knees/chest/chin, inhale to upward-facing dog or cobra, and exhale back to downward-facing dog) between each.
Now, let's get ready to move into the poses.