BLOG 194: ALIGN YOUR ROOT CHAKRA AND GET GLOWING SKIN WITH THESE 3 TIPSDec 19, 2022
This blog post is focused on the root chakra, one of the seven main chakras, or energy wheels, found throughout the body. The root chakra is all about feeling grounded, rooted, and secure. It’s found at the base of your spine and is connected to the colour red.
When this chakra is in alignment, you feel very stable in all aspects of your life – in your body, in your mind, in your finances, in your relationships, etc. Everything feels securely rooted and you know that your essential needs are met.
I love to work with the chakras via Face Yoga, so I want to share three simple techniques you can use to connect with the root chakra and give yourself glowing skin, all at the same time.
Find a comfortable place to sit. Make sure you have clean hands and a clean face.
Apply a few drops of serum to give your skin a bit of glide. I use my Fusion by Danielle Collins Pro Lift Moisturising Serum, which is specifically designed to work with face yoga. It’s packed full of botanical seed oils. Not only are these fantastic for your skin, but they also really help with feeling that sense of being grounded and connected with the earth.
Take a few deep breaths through your nose to bring yourself into the practice and start the process of feeling grounded and present in your body.
1. TAPPING & VISUALISATION
The first technique we’re going to use is one of my favourites. Super simple – all you need to do is use your fingertips to tap all over the skin of your neck and face. It’s great for waking up the skin, boosting circulation, and helping us feel relaxed and calm.
Once your skin is feeling nicely warmed up, place one hand on top of the other on top of your pubic bone area – the area that aligns with the root chakra.
Taking long, deep, calming breaths, visualise in your mind’s eye a little ball of glowing red light in that area. Really focus on that deep, warm red colour. Notice how it helps you feel rooted and grounded.
Now extend that red light so that it goes all the way down, through your chair, through the floor, right down into the centre of the earth. Continue to breathe as you focus on that red light. As you do, you suddenly feel more grounded and stable.
Try to relax and let go of any tension in your face as you breathe. Place your feet flat on the floor and feel them grounding down too. At the same time, lengthen up through your whole spine. Relax your shoulders away from your ears.
Really focus on your posture as you breathe in and out through your nose, allowing your abdomen to rise and fall.
As we move through this face yoga practice, I want you to keep this breathing going and any time you notice your attention starting to wander, just bring yourself back to that red light bathing your root chakra.
2. SMOOTH UP FACE
Now, use both hands to gently smooth up your neck, tilting your head back so that you can access the area more easily. Work up both sides of the neck as well as the front. Then continue on up, smoothing over your cheeks and forehead too.
This gentle, loving touch helps us to feel really nurtured, grounded, and secure. It also helps to boost blood circulation, bringing all that fresh oxygen and nutrients up to the skin’s surface and giving you a healthy glow.
3. CIRCULAR MASSAGE
Next, we’re going to work a little bit deeper into the skin. Use the fleshy area at the base of your thumbs for this technique and work in a circular motion, starting at your jaw and working your way up your face, all the way to the forehead.
Once you reach your forehead, lift your hands off and come back down to your jaw to repeat. We’re not hurrying here, just keep your pace steady and calm.
We want to be careful not to drag at the skin while using this massage technique. We’re just brushing over it, finding a pressure that feels right to you.
While you continue with this massage, remember that focus on the breath. In over 17 years of teaching face yoga, meditation, yoga, and wellness, the most effective thing that I’ve found for my wellness and for the millions of people I’ve taught is simply breathing.
I’m not talking just about day-to-day breathing – although this is obviously important for our wellness! I’m thinking of that deep, grounded, calming breath. I’m thinking of the breath that fills your whole body – when you really allow your abdomen to rise as you inhale and fall as you exhale.
Even if you take nothing else away from this blog post, just focus on coming back to that deep, intentional breath as you move through your day. It will help you find this calm and relaxed state for both your body and your mind.
When we focus on the breath, we can really connect with the root chakra and feel that sense of being very grounded and stable. It’s also fantastic for our skin because when our bodies and minds are healthy, so is our skin.
FACIAL MASSAGE FOR GLOWING SKIN
So, we’ve gone through three core techniques to use to connect with your root chakra. You can do each of these for up to a minute.
Next, I want to run through a quick facial massage sequence that is wonderful for giving you bright, glowing, and healthy skin.
Start by making a V shape with your index and middle fingers. Gently smooth over your jaw, working outwards from your chin. Then come up and massage over your mouth area in the same way.
Still using your index and middle fingers, smooth upwards from your jaw over your cheeks. Start with your fingers together and open them as you move upwards to create a V.
Don’t forget to focus on your breath as you continue to massage.
Next, smooth across your eyebrows, working out from the bridge of your nose. You’re still using those same two fingers.
This is lovely for releasing tension in the brows and forehead – somewhere a lot of us hold a lot of stress. It’s also good for gently lifting the eyebrows.
Then, come up to smooth over your forehead, relaxing the muscles and encouraging that beautiful glow we’re looking for.
Not only does this massage feel beautifully soothing, but it also helps your skincare products to penetrate more deeply into your skin. If you’ve applied something like the Pro Lift Facial Moisturising Serum, all those lovely high-performing botanical seed oils will be sinking deeper and really nourishing and hydrating the skin.
We’ll finish off by returning to the visualisation we started with. Place your hands on your pubic bone, one over the other.
Close your eyes and bring your focus to your breath. Remember that long, deep inhale and exhale through your nose. Feel your abdomen rise and fall as you breathe.
Finally, repeat to yourself the affirmation, “I am grounded, stable, and secure.” Say it three times – either out loud or in your head.
When you’re ready, you can open your eyes and you’re all ready to continue with the rest of your day. Hopefully, you’re now feeling more grounded and secure, as well as having beautifully glowing skin.
You can come back to this practice whenever you need to. And if you prefer to follow along with a video guide, you can also find this whole routine as a video on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe while you’re there, I share regular videos with more facial massage and face yoga techniques.
I have plenty of other resources available to support you on your wellness journey. As well as a huge library of videos on my YouTube channel, you can find a 10-day course for personal use and a great bundle of pre-recorded workshops available via my shop.
I also have my two books, Danielle Collins’ Face Yoga and The Face Yoga Journal. Both are packed full of techniques, information, and inspiration to help you make face yoga part of your daily self-care.
If you’re ready to take your journey into face yoga to the next level, I also offer teacher training courses. Not only do these give you in-depth knowledge of face yoga, facial anatomy, acupressure, and facial massage, but you’ll also learn everything you need to turn your love of face yoga into a business and teach these amazing skills to others.
And of course, there’s plenty more to explore on this blog and in the archives for the Face Yoga Podcast. If you’re particularly interested in working with the chakras, I suggest checking out this blog post on face yoga for the throat chakra.
Wherever you are on your face yoga journey, I hope you’ll find something to inspire you!