If you’re not quite sure what your chakras, are, they’re like energy centers in your body. They begin at the root which is in the base of the spine. Traveling all the way up to the top of your head is the crown chakra. There are seven chakras in total and each represent a part of your character. When they’re open, cleansed and operating at full capacity, you will experience a lot of energy. You’ll feel relaxed but clear and energized. You’ll have confidence and you’ll love and be loved.
Every one of the seven chakras has an effect on certain parts of your body which affects parts of your life. When your chakras aren’t aligned, your body may suffer and aspects of your life may become imbalanced. To illustrate this, the heart chakra has a physical connection to the lungs and circulatory system. It rules the relationship aspects of your life and allow you to give and get love. If the heart chakra is closed off, you may find it challenging to maintain a healthy relationship. If the heart chakra remains imbalanced for long periods of time, you may suffer from physical issues like breathing, or breast cancer.
There are many ways to nurture the energy centers known as chakras. By taking some care about the deep energy centers in you, you can avoid issues from manifesting in the body. Food has a lot to do with nurturing the chakras. Each chakra has their own unique signature and corresponds to your organs, color, elements, and foods.
It’s important to note that you should use foods for chakra cleansing that are as close to natural as possible. Organic is best if you have the option. Depending on where you live, these fruits and vegetables may not always be available. Try to use foods based on the seasons to really boost the potency of food healing for the chakras.
The Root Chakra
The first chakra, which is located at the base of your spine, is your foundation. It connects you to the physical world. If your first chakra isn’t balanced, it could cause you to feel stressed out or afraid. Root vegetables naturally work well with this chakra that is designed to ground you to the earth. Vibrant red vegetables and fruits would make a great juice for the root chakra as red is the color of this first chakra.
An asana you might want to try is Sukhasana which is sitting on the floor cross-legged with your hands resting on your knees. Your chest should be open as you bring the shoulders back and down. Feeling yourself becoming grounded as you visualize your tailbone (root) connection to the earth. Think about the things that ground you. Maybe it’s your kids or your spouse. Spend some time in this pose regularly to root yourself down.
For a perfect root chakra juice try mixing beets, red carrots, tomato, flax seed oil, apples, strawberries, goji berries, and pomegranate. This will help you reenergize the root chakra.
Root Chakra Smoothie Recipe
- 1 Beet peeled
- 3/4 Cup Fresh Raspberries
- 1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
- Juice of 2 Blood Oranges
- Splash of water
Smoothie for the sacral chakra
This article is part of a collaboration with Meera Watts – a yoga teacher and the founder/owner of Siddhi Yoga International. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and others. Join here next month when Meera talks about the Sacral Chakra and another smoothie recipe offering.
Many thanks to Meera and Freya for collaborating in this series of smoothie to cleanse and harmonies the Chakras.
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of SiddhiYoga.com, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali)
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