Muladhara (1st chakra)
In Pulllman’s Conservation Park
Connect with your root chakra by grounding your feet and spirit to the beautiful earth at the Conservation Park in Pullman. The first chakra represents your physical identity and the instinct toward survival and self-preservation. This hillside park has tall deciduous and coniferous trees, which offer safety and shelter for large animals, such as deer and people (look for the forts made of woody materials), as well as tall grasses and brush where smaller animals, like rabbits, can den and hide.
The Skanskrit muladhara means “root support.” When your root chakra functions properly, you feel safe and secure. When your survival is threatened, you feel fear. Debra Adele writes in her book The Yamas and the Niyamas, "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to be afraid without being paralyzed. To live the fullness that our own life is inviting us into, we often have to let ourselves be afraid and do it anyway."
To strengthen your root chakra practice leg strengthening exercises, such as Warrior I, Warrior II, or Reverse Warrior and increase your contact with the natural world. To treat the physical world as sacred is to honor what you do with your body, how you treat your surroundings, the food you eat, the things you buy, and your means of livelihood.