Over the next seven weeks, I will explore and examine each one of my chakras and my yoga classes throughout that week will be devoted to the corresponding chakra. The first is the root chakra.

The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is associated with your ability to be grounded and secure. Fear, abandonment and a loss of security can throw the root chakra off balance and leave one feeling as though they do not have a safe, secure place in this world. This can show up in the physical body through eating disorders, incontinence or constipation. You can answer the questions at the end of this article, to explore if your root chakra is blocked.

Each chakra has a primary counter force that attacks it’s balance and throw it into deficient or excessive energy. For the root chakra, FEAR is the counter force. Someone who is deficient in their root chakra energy may appear “too much in their head,” ungrounded and extremely fearful or anxious. Someone who is excessive in their root chakra energy may appear “heavy” in their energy and not connected to any higher chakras (unintuitive and disconnected).

I always thought my root chakra was pretty stable and balanced, until I got a new job last year. Big life changes can really shake up the root chakra. In my new position, I felt myself second guessing my decisions and experience. I felt my confidence waning and wondered if I had a right to even be in this position.

I recognized what was going on a few weeks into the new job, and started asserting my right to be there. When I started having doubtful and fearful feelings, I would feel my feet under the ground beneath me sink into the earth growing roots into my new position and recite to myself “I have the right to be here.”

I realized big life changes throw me off my stable ground and when something is new to me, it shakes my confidence. I feel nervous, I worry about asking for help, I feel uncomfortable and constantly worry if I am doing the right thing. I need to ground myself to new situations better and remember that my experience and skills gives me the right to be there.

Mountain pose (Tadasana) is my favorite way to assert this right. This powerful pose is the foundation for any standing pose in my yoga practice. I feel unshakeable in this pose. As the sides of my feet line up with the sides of my mat, I feel balanced with the earth. As I spread out my toes to connect to ground I feel the roots take hold. As I engage my core and relax my shoulders, I feel both powerful and peaceful at the same time. And, I remember, I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HERE.

Root Chakra