Saturday, February 7, 2015

21 Day Root Chakra Challenge

Let's talk about your Muladhara - your root - your first chakra.  Did you know you have one?  Everyone does!  I first learned of the chakras when I began my Reiki training in 1997 and spent many years working on balancing what I know to be the foundation of my physical body.   Through the many years of being a mom, working, losing a parent, etc., I feel I have lost touch with that vital part of my health.  I think that is one of the best parts of my essential oil renewal.  For many months I have been reacquainting myself with a deeper spiritual practice that I sort of let slip by as I focused on the mundane yet important aspects of life.  My Reiki practice is once again part of my daily life and I love incorporating essential oils from the cellular level up.



Nathan (darling hubby) and I have been using Do Yoga With Me for our at-home yoga practice.  When I decided to use February to focus on the first chakra, I went immediately to their website to find a great meditation and yoga video to support this important work.  I do my meditation in the afternoon as it is the part of the day when I have the lowest energy.  You can do your meditation whenever it best suits your schedule or level of energy.

I began to really research which oils would support Muladhara balance.  Could timing be any more perfect?  Cypress is doterra's February special and is the perfect oil to support grounding oneself and bringing balance to your life-force.  Frankincense has a similar effect in that it helps ground but brings an overall feeling of wellness and balance but most importantly, heals on a cellular level which is ideal when working with the first chakra.  You may be asking yourself, "why Wild Orange?"  Typically a second chakra oil, I decided to add WO to my Muladhara blend to bring clarity.  One of the issues with the first chakra is feeling untethered and confused with a general lack of control.  The wild orange will serve to help shake off the uncertainty and bring a healthy emotional state to your practice.  In addition, oranges are considered to be an Aphrodisiac!  If your libido is suffering, you most likely have first chakra issues.  By pairing the wild orange to with the oils that promote grounding, you may be able to increase your loving during this month of LOVE! 
  
Try to end your day with a detox bath of epsom salts.  The Epsom Salt Council recommended this article on a ritual bath that may explain why epsom salt baths work.  You can follow their directions and add baking soda and sea salt for an added kick to your bath.  

I recommend that you attempt to do this challenge each day.  This can be a challenge for sure!  If not, set your start date and your end date 21 days later.  Do the challenge on as many days as you can.  It may amaze you what these steps plus good intentions will do for your during that time.  

I'm going to be updating my own successes on my blog and on my FB page.  I'd love to hear from you if you are doing the challenge and what you are finding from this combination of yoga/meditationa and essential oils.

"Surely a man needs a closed place wherein he may strike root and, like the seed, become.  But also he needs the great Milky Way above him and the vast sea spaces, though neither stars nor ocean serve his daily needs."  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert



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