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Spinnin’ Right ‘Round: Navigating the Dance of Chakras

November 14, 2023

Ever felt like life can “spin you right ’round, baby, right ’round”? Well, it turns out, our bodies have their own rhythm. Energy centers known as Chakras, are spinning wheels of light and they’re the real DJs of our well-being.  (sorry…this analogy will get worse before it gets better. Stay with me)

Imagine your chakras like a rhythm.  We start with the bassline – the ROOT Energy Center (Chakra). Located at the base of your spine, it’s your connection to survival and courage.  It is one of our connections to the Earth.  The Root energy is linked to the adrenal glands and one of the roles of these glands is how they affect our ability to deal with stress.

The ROOT sits in the colour frequency of red. And what do you associate with red – think vitality, passion, and a healthy exchange of energy with others. From a colour therapy perspective, it can also increase your appetite. That might work in your favor or, might not. But what happens when it’s out of sync? You wouldn’t guess. Shiite dance moves!  It can be expressed with tension in the hips and lower spine, especially the tailbone.  Possibly constipation, diarrhea, or incontinence. Bladder and kidney issues.  All aspects of ROOT Chakra imbalance and not ideal to bust a  move. Still with me? Our ROOT can fall out of sync due to this socially normalized chronic “fight or flight” way of being. 


Ok, so the above doesn’t apply and you feel confident with your dance moves.  Awesome!

Does anything below relate?

Procrastination, accident-prone? ROOT imbalance. Difficulty with driving directions, or losing your train of thought? ROOT imbalance. Blocked beliefs tied to family loyalty, trust issues in your relationships? ROOT imbalance. Poor sense of job security. Feeling as if you can’t move forward?

And back to dancing:)

So, how do you spin things back into balance?
Yes! We dance.  But here is a few more ideas

Give your feet some attention:

Kick off those shoes and treat your feet to a little rub. Heck, get someone else to rub your feet.  Tell them it will help with constipation.  😄 Test their love for you!  But seriously, focus on your feet. Head outside, feel the ground, feel the sun, close your eyes, and take a good 5 minutes to breathe in through your feet up to the heart, then out slowly from the heart down to the feet.

Ever tried picturing yourself as a tree? Or if you want to tap into your hippy self, hug a tree.  It’s the best hug you’ll ever feel.
Trust me – your ROOT Chakra thanks you.


Eat red veggies and fruits or ANY root vegetable 

We naturally gravitate to roots in the winter.  Ask our Ayurveda expert Jill Novak about seasonal eating. It only makes sense that this is our natural way to support root chakra imbalance.
Carrots, parsnips, potatoes, radishes, onions, garlic, beets, ginger root, horseradish, leek, yam, rutabaga < never have I ever! It’s a hard pass.

I love my morning mud drink with dandelion root tea; Thank you, Sheena, our favorite holistic nutrition coach in Cochrane, for introducing it to me 4 years ago. Gotta love name-dropping my awesome sisters!  I encourage you to check them out. They are next level!


Essential Oils

Apply any of the following grounding essentials to the bottoms of your feet and the base of your spine.
Patchouli, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cedarwood, Sandalwood


(if this idea feels intimidating, let’s call it “stillness”)

Listen to music at 432hz – the frequency is associated with the color red. This sound frequency can help balance the ROOT energy center. It’s a stress release. 

Remember, dance starts with one step.  Find that one that resonates with you, and together we will find our rhythm.

If you want more “Grounding Practices,” shoot me a request, and I’ll send you my extensive list. Everyone loves a list when they are not feeling grounded. Am I right?