Muladhara or Root Chakra

Located at the base of the spine (coccyx), the root chakra is associated with physical energy and vitality. It is also known as the Security Center. This chakra, with the slowest wavelength, governs the lowest vibration of our body. The Sanskrit name for this chakra is Muladhara, which means Root Support.

Muladhara Chakra

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Symbol

Square

Color

Red, the color of vitality

Sense

Smell

Musical Note

C

Tone

E

Mantra

“lam” or “e” as in red

Petals

4

Mode

Survival

State

Groundedness

Action

I am here

Glands/organs

Adrenals, kidneys, spinal column, colon, legs, bones.

Information Stored

Familial beliefs, superstitions, loyalty, instincts, physical pleasure or pain, touch

A person with a balanced or clear root chakra feels grounded (present here and now), healthy and fully alive. The person feels unlimited physical energy. A balanced root chakra motivates a person to take good care of one’s body. People who have open root chakras feel secure, are emotionally stable and love who they are. An open root chakra also helps us make wise financial decisions. It can help women to integrate their masculine power and the men their feminine power.

A person with an over active root chakra would be domineering and highly strung. Such a person will have difficulty in sleeping. The person could likely become aggressive, reckless, greedy, impulsive and sexually manipulative. As a weak root chakra harbors insecurity, the person is inclined to see everything and everyone as a threat.

On the other hand, an under-active root chakra would make a person feel tired and lethargic. Such a person would be afraid of changes and be overcautious. An under-active root chakra builds a disinterest in life, fear of abandonment, low confidence and harbors thoughts of self-destruction.

The issues related to an unclear root chakra are associated with the disability to let go – of grief, material comfort etc. Issues associated with a weak or unclear Root Chakra are:

Physical Issues

1. Lower back pain

2. Sciatica

3. Varicose veins

4. Rectal tumors

5. Depression

6. Immune system disorders

7. Hemorrhoids

8. Constipation

9. Prostate problems

10. Problems with legs and feet

11. Drug addiction

12. Anemis

13. Cancer

14. Arthritis

15. Heart disease

16. Gynecological problems

17. Aids

Emotional Issues

1. Survival

2. Self-esteem

3. Social order

4. Security

5. Family/Home

How to balance the Root Chakra

There are various ways in which you can balance your root chakra to prevent or heal the ailments associated with it.

Exercises –

1. Walk barefoot

2. Walk barefoot on the grass

3. Stomp your feet on the ground every hour

4. March

5. Squats

6. Dance, the faster the better

7. Inhale and contract the muscles between the anus and the genital, exhale and release.

Yoga –

1. Chakra Bandhasana or The Wheel

2. Shalabhasana or Locust/Grasshopper

3. Janu Sirsasana or Head to knee pose

4. YogaNidra or Relaxation

Food –

1. Root vegetables : carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beets, onions, garlic, etc.

2. Protein-rich foods : eggs, meats, beans, tofu, soy products, peanut butter

3. Spices: horseradish, hot paprika, chives, cayenne, pepper

Others –

1. Hug a tree

2. Focus on being here

3. Watch a comedy

4. Make a list of everything you appreciate and don’t appreciate in your life and asses how you can start appreciating the unappreciated things

5. Donate money

6. Clutter free your space

7. Say “I love who I am” whenever you get a chance

8. Imagine roots growing from your coccyx, going between your legs and through you feet and let your roots connect to the center of the earth

9. Go out for dinner

10. Cook

11. Do some work connected with hands and muscles

12. Playing or working with money e.g. Monopoly or trying your hand in stock market

13. Hunting

14. Engaging in sexual activities

Mantras –

To access your root chakra, touch the tip of your thumb to the tip of your index finger, focus on the base of the spine and chant the mantras of the root chakra in the key of D.

Gemstones/Minerals, Flower Essences and Scents -
Various minerals, gemstones, flower essences and scents help to stimulate, energize and cleanse the root chakra

Gemstones and Minerals: Hematite, Black Tourmaline, Onyx, Ruby, garnet, bloodstone, red jasper, black tourmaline, obsidian, smoky quartz

Flower Essences and Scents : Corn, Clematis and Rosemary, Patchouli, cedar wood, lavender, musk, hyacinth, cinnamon and sandalwood