After a long massage, my body felt like melted wax and there was a low hum flowing through my limbs. Sally, the massage therapist, handing me a tape about energy centers. "This is really good. I think you'd like it. Feel free to borrow it and let me know what you think."
This was the first time I was exposed to the word chakra and to be honest I thought it was a bunch of phooey. Almost 15 years later, I not only find chakra work beneficial, but can sometimes feel the movement of energy within my energy centers.
Anodea Judith says, "the original meaning of the word chakra as 'wheel' refers to the chariot wheels of the invading Aryans [who were entering India on chariots]." on page 9 of Wheels of Life. Today chakra typically refers to seven energy centers in the body.
The first and lowest of these centers is located at the base of the spine affecting the pelvic floor and legs. It provides a feeling of stability and grounding. Walking in thick mud would stimulate this chakra. Whether or not you like the term chakra, you will most likely see that feeling your feet literally sink into the earth would provide more grounding.
As an experiment, picture an elephant using as many of your senses as possible: smell the natural odor, feel the thick and rough skin, see the trunk swaying and the heavy body steps firmly along a path, taste the dryness in the air, and hear the chewing of grass. Now stand up or come on all fours and walk like an elephant. Experience your weight being dragged down and the firm planting of each foot. After a minute or so, stop and notice how grounded and stable you feel. If nothing else, you most likely will be able to sense your feet and legs more.
In Yoga, we use forward bends to stimulate the first chakra.
Working with the first chakra, also known as Muladhara, provides grounding, survival, support, stability, security (mental & physical).
You can work with this area via forward bends, massaging the foot, focusing on a rich and deep red color, using the affirmation "I am worthy & deserving", animal protein (eggs, dairy, meat).
A hint that this chakra could use some attention would be if you have weight issues, hemorrhoids, constipation, sciatica, degenerative arthritis, knee troubles, feeling unsafe or unable to provide for your needs, inability to stand up for yourself, or feeling unworthy or as if you don't belong.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life!