5 Yoga Poses to Open the Root Chakra

Feel grounded with these root chakra poses

Feel the life energy of the root chakra.

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The root chakra sits at the base of your spine, where grounding life force energy flows. Just like the roots of a tree, this chakra governs feelings of stability. When in balance, basic needs are met, and you feel emotionally secure. If feelings of anxiety or insecurity set in, feel grounded and safe with these yoga poses for the root chakra.

Easy Pose - Sukhasana

Sure, it seems easy: simply sit crossed-legged with your hands in prayer. But, as you inhale and exhale, can you relax and sit in simple awareness? There comes the challenge! Through this practice, you’ll improve mindfulness, and create a meditative state that helps you feel grounded, safe, and connected with the root chakra.

Feel grounded in this yoga pose.

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Goddess Pose - Utkata Konasana

Feel strong and powerful while connecting to your root chakra in goddess pose. According to Yoga Basics, the goddess squat opens the hips while strengthening the lower body; the region of the root chakra. Enter the pose standing tall with your feet straddled about 3 feet apart. Turn both feet on a 45-degree angle. With your spine upright, slowly squat down (careful to keep knees above the ankles). Hold as you inhale and exhale, or, turn this into a dynamic dancing goddess pose by swaying your hips.

Feel strong and  secure in this chakra yoga pose.

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Warrior III  - Virabhadrasana III

Take flight in the third of the warrior sequences, an intermediate balancing pose to connect to the root chakra. According to Yoga Journal, standing grounded on one leg will help you connect to the earth while lengthening the spine. 

Enter the pose beginning in Warrior I (virabhadrasana I), lunging forward with the leg bent with the opposite leg extended, back foot in a 45-degree angle. Root down on your forward foot and square your hips. Lean forward and shift weight to your front foot while raising your back leg. Extend the body long while using the inner thighs to keep your balance. Repeat on the opposite side.

This yoga pose will help connect you to the root chkra.

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Tree pose - Vrikshasana

What better way to feel grounded than by standing tall in tree pose? According to MasterClass, this pose will balance and strengthen all the parts connected to your root chakra: your groin, thighs, hips, and pelvis. Stand in the mountain pose (tadasana). Place hands in prayer. Shift your weight to the right side and lift your left knee. Place the left foot on the inside of the right thigh, or take it easy by placing it on the outside of the right calf. Stay balanced as you raise your arms in a Y shape like the branches of a tree as your root down into the earth. Repeat on the opposite side.

Yoga class doing the tree pose.

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Dancer Pose -Natarajasana

Ready for a challenge? This root chakra balancing pose strengthens your lower body and is ideal for those who spend too much time sitting, suggested Verywell Mind. Begin in mountain pose (tadasana). Shift weight to the right foot and hug the left knee into the chest. Grab the instep of your left foot with your left hand. Lift your right arm upwards. Now take flight as you lift your left leg behind you, kicking the foot into your hand. Try to keep your balance by finding a focus point ahead. Repeat on the opposite side.

Balance your root chakra in this yoga pose.

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