Article by Eve Sengkeo
When most people talk about the chakras, they are referring to the seven main chakras. That is the root, solar plexus, sacral, heart, throat, third eye and crown chakra. Although not one of the main chakras, the foot chakra is important for grounding.
Basically, a chakra is the junction where the energetic meridians in the body cross. Thus, the human body has thousands of chakras. There are many ways to balance these chakras through consistent practice. This includes meditation, energy healing, feng shui, yoga and numerous other modalities.
Let’s focus on how to balance the foot chakra through yoga for now. When life gets busy, it’s important to take a step back (no pun intended) to gain a sense of grounding.
When the foot chakra is off-balance, an individual tends to feel a greater sense of balance in his or her day to day activities.
Whether you are an experienced or novice yoga, you can try out some simple yoga poses in your home to help balance the foot chakra. Remember, like building a muscle, it takes consistent practice to achieve desired results!
Three simple yoga poses to balance the foot chakra:
1. Tadasana (mountain pose):
Tadasana is the start to the Sun A and Sun B series. This pose simply requires you to stand up tall with the chest lifted so that your shoulders are directly aligned above the feet. The arms are extended along the side of the body with the palms facing forward.
With the eyes closed, envision your feet on the earth (dirt, grass, etc.) Visualize your feet growing “roots” like a tree. Visualize the roots extending about 10 feet into the earth. Hold this pose for about 10-15 seconds throughout your Sun A and Sun B salutations.
2. Vrksasana (tree pose):
Start with your left foot planted on your mat. Bring your right foot up to your ankle, calf or inner thigh. It’s important to avoid placing your right foot on your knee in order to protect that joint.
With your hands in prayer position, you may close your eyes if you would like to challenge your balance. If you choose to keep your eyes open, focus your gaze straight ahead on an object that is not moving. Then envision your left foot on the earth. Visualize your left foot growing “roots” like a tree about 10 feet into the earth. Hold this pose for 10-15 seconds before switching feet.
3. Malasana (yogi squat):
Taking a deep bend in your knees, lower down to a full squat position. The toes should be pointed outwards with the feet about hip width distance apart. Bring your hands to prayer position with the elbows pressing outwards against the inner thighs.
Flutter the eyes close to envision your feet on the earth. Visualize your feet growing “roots” like a tree extending about 10 feet into the earth. Hold this pose for about 30 seconds before slowly rising up to stand.
May you feel a greater sense of grounding from head to toe chakra!
Eve Sengkeo, RYT is a prenatal and Hatha yoga teacher. Her passion is helping busy women achieve holistic wellness through yoga and energy healing. You can read all about her setbacks, comebacks, and all the lessons learned in between on her website SilverLinedDays.com. Welcome to connect with her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/