The Root Chakra
Name(s): Root Chakra, Base Chakra, Muladhara
Location: Base of spine, near tailbone
About: The root chakra is the first of all our chakras found in our physical body. It is located at the base of your spine near your tailbone. It represents our foundations and basic needs in the physical world such as food, water, shelter and connection. It is all about physical identity and aspects of our physical self. Emotionally it represents our need to belong, our survival instincts, our sense of security, our connection to our physical self and our connection with others. Your fight or flight response is triggered in the root chakra. The root chakra keeps us grounded and is also our connection point to the earth.
Balanced Root Chakra: When this chakra is balanced, we are confident, trusting, and independent. We learn to grow in all aspects of our lives ‒ spiritually, physically, and mentally. We have strong connections to our family and/or friends and feel wanted and loved. We have a sense and feeling of belonging. We love our bodies or at least are content with it. Money flows to us easily and we have enough to meet our needs. When this chakra is poppin’, we feel supported, a sense of connection and safety to the physical world, and we feel grounded.
Blocked Root Chakra: When the root chakra is blocked, we become anxious and stressed and can lose interest in our most basic needs. We feel sluggish and stuck. We also feel very attached to the physical world and to material things. like money and possessions. We find ourselves with persistent financial problems and in careers that we do not enjoy. We are constantly worried about providing for ourselves and our loved ones and are constantly just getting by or going without our basic needs. We also have feelings of abandonment and rejection. We dislike our bodies and do not feel like we are good enough or beautiful enough the way you are. In addition feelings of loneliness, anger, depression, anxiety, fear, guilty, resentment, insecurities, depression, restlessness, abandonment, disconnection and instability may be triggered. Individuals with a blocked root chakra find it difficult to “settle down” with anything, including with work, relationships or where they want to live.
Physically, if our root chakra is not balanced it will affect our feet, legs, joints, muscles, knees, immune system and the male reproductive system. We will feel constipated, fatigued, spacey and unsafe.
If you are highly sensitive you may feel disconnected to your physical body or, as they say, “off with the fairies”
Balancing your root chakra
Root Chakra Affirmation: I Am
Mantra: Lam (chant this during meditation)
Essential Oil: Cedarwood, Ylang-ylang, Rosemary, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Myrrh. Use only pure, non-diluted oils. These pure oils can be consumed, diffused into the air to be inhaled, can be put on the body or bath – but check that the oil you are about to use is safe to use with water first.
Food: Root vegetables – i.e. foods that grow deep in the earth – help to keep us grounded and represent the energy of the root chakra. These includes potato, sweet potato, parsnip, turnip, onion, garlic, ginger, beetroot, carrots and turmeric. The colours of the chakras are linked to the foods that they need so any foods that are red or earthy in colour will help balance your root chakra. This includes strawberries, cherries, pomegranates, apples, tomatoes, raspberries, beans and meat.
Crystals: Many crystals emanate vibrations that parallel the chakras, and each chakra has a corresponding crystal companion. For the root chakra red, brown, black or earthy crystals are ideal. Crystals include red garnet, red jasper, red carnelian, smoky quartz, black tourmaline, obsidian, bloodstone, hermatite, onyx, tiger’s eye and bloodstone. You can carry them around with you, have them around the house, put them next to your bed, wear them, put them under your pillow, medidate with them around you or whilst holding them.
Your surroundings: Create a haven in your space. Your physical surroundings should be a place that is a haven and provides a sense of home and security. If you can, bring some plants into your home, those little portable water fountains and some crystals. If you have a backyard – get planting. Surround yourself with as much nature as you can. Your home dosen’t have to be a mansion, a small space can still be turned into a haven with some TLC, some cleaning and a little organisation. In addition, if this is something you have control over your neighbourhood should be one where you feel safe and part of the community.
Exercises: Take a walk barefoot in nature and connect with the earth regularly. Walk on the grass, in the park, on the soil, on the beach – just cover your feet in nature. Any exercise should incorporate your feet and legs. Do squats, run and/or walk. Yoga poses for this chakra include tree(Vrksasana), eagle, (Garudasana) mountain (Tadasana), downward facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), standing forward bend (Uttanasana), garland (Malasana), head to knee forward bend (Janu Sirsasana), Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II), wide legged bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)
Emotionally: You should spend time reflecting on what your needs are, what kind of people you want to surround yourself with and what work you want to do.
Healing affirmations: Repeat to yourself the following affirmations: I love being in my body. I love my body and trust its wisdom. I am centred and grounded. I am at peace with the material world in which I live. I am able to let go of fear and know I am eternally safe. I am one with all that is. I am rooted firmly in the power of the earth. I move with confidence in the essence of my purpose and with deep alignment to all that I am. I am calm, strong, centred and peaceful. I am grounded.
Grounding Meditation: Go outside in nature. Take your shoes off and make sure your feet are dug into the earth, grass, ocean. Close your eyes and focus on your breath, let thoughts come and go. Ask mother nature to help you during your meditation. Picture roots extending from beneath the ground all the way through your feet. Picture white energy flowing up these roots and into the base of your spine. Allow this energy to bathe you. Stay with this vision for as long as needed. When you feel this process is complete, allow your roots to return through your body back to the ground. Give thanks to mother nature for all that she does and for the healing.
Remember, balancing your chakras requires ongoing maintenance so repeat all the above as much as you need and for as long as you need.