The Root Chakra, also known as Base Chakra (or Muladhara in Sanskrit), is the first of the seven chakras connected with survival, grounding, and safety.
The root chakra, which is situated at the base of the spine between the coccyx and the pelvic bone, is the pillar of our whole system on which the other chakras rest. It has a red color.
Since Muladhara is the foundation of the entire chakra system, it needs to be brought to balance before we start working with any of the higher chakras. If we do not balance this chakra before we progress to others, our advancement will lack the stability necessary for true growth.
In this article, we are going to discuss some of the best ways to unblock and heal your root chakra.
How To Heal Your Root Chakra?
Healing and unblocking the root chakra will help you to turn your fears into courage and your negative energies into constructive, creative energy.
Fear levels that are too high may be one of the first signals that the first chakra is compromised and needs to be balanced.
The root chakra must be balanced in order to restore the body's prana energy source. Healing the first chakra involves learning to accept, experience, and appreciate one's own physical body.
Your body is the manifestation of your life, so you must become its suffering, its fear, its pleasure, and its joy.
When your Muladhara chakra is balanced and healthy, you will feel relaxed and grounded.
Let's have look at my favourite ways to open the root chakra:
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1. Grounding For Root Chakra
Grounding is the building of a foundation that puts you in touch with your body and allows you to be completely present here and now.
It is a process of dynamic contact with Earth that occurs through your legs and feet.
Through grounding, your consciousness completes the manifesting current, because that which has ground and substance, will find its way to manifestation.
When you are grounded, you live in a state of grace, uncovering the truths buried within your body.
At the end of the day, we are all spiritual beings in human form, and we do need to remain rooted in the earth.
Let’s try one of my favorite grounding exercises:
- Stand upright (you can take off your shoes if you want) with your feet a shoulder-width apart and toes slightly turned in.
- Close your eyes and take a few nice, deep breaths allowing yourself to relax.
- Now, take your attention to your feet and feel the connection to the floor.
- As you exhale, bend your knees slightly and imagine sending down a root from the sole of each foot and your root chakra.
- Discharge anything you no longer need into the earth with a single thought.
- As you inhale, begin slowly drawing the energy up through your roots and feel it as it flows through your feet, your knees, pelvis, and into your belly.
- Hold this posture for a few breath cycles and feel the wonderful earth energy revitalizing your entire system and filling you up.
- Repeat for a few cycles - try to imagine yourself pushing against the floor as you exhale.
- Finish the exercise with words of gratitude for being alive in the physical body.
One session of grounding might give you some results, but the real benefits will come only with repetition over time.
If your root chakra needs balancing, this easy exercise is really worth your time.
It is a perfect practice to incorporate when you’re out in nature, park, or any other quiet place.
2. Root Chakra Meditation
Meditation practice will develop your connection to the Earth and help you to create a greater sense of grounding.
The most effective root chakra meditation is very similar to a concentration meditation, where you focus your attention on the location of the root chakra.
Here’s how to do it:
Sit down with your legs crossed, relax your shoulders, close your eyes and begin with taking few deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Expand your belly with every breath you take in and let your breath flow to all parts of your body. Gently start bringing your attention towards the base of your spine, imagining it becoming warm and relaxed.
As you concentrate in the coccyx center, start visualizing a red, glowing circle at this part of your body and begin to expand it with every breath cycle.
Be still and feel the pulse of the earth under your body. When you are ready, take a deep breath and slowly open your eyes.
End this meditation with few words of gratitude for all of the blessings you received. Practice this meditation for a minimum of 10 minutes every day.
3. Root Chakra Affirmations
Here are a few of the best root chakra affirmations for healing your Muladhara.
They can be used along with grounding and concentration meditation practice:
- I am safe.
- I am grounded.
- I belong to the world.
- I am a beloved child of the universe, and I deserve love, peace, and security.
- I am exactly where I need to be.
- I always have plenty of money to meet all of my needs.
- I am at peace with the world and others.
- I trust more, and I fear less.
- I open myself to receive the abundance of the universe.
- I am open to receive and accept love.
- I am open to receive and be nurtured by the powerful energy of the earth.
- I am a physical being and value my physical presence.
- I resolve to take care of my body and accept it as it is today.
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4. Root Chakra Yoga
Some of the best yoga exercises which work on stimulating and releasing energy from root chakra come from hatha yoga.
Hatha yoga practice is an old system of yoga, also known as conscious relaxation.
The reason it is great for the root chakra is that it involves grounding and relaxing each part of the body through the practice of asanas (body poses) as well as breathing exercises (pranayama).
How long to hold each hatha posture?
It is recommended to hold Hatha yoga postures 45 to 60 seconds or for about 10-12 deep breaths.
Knee to Chest (Apanasana) - this is a beginner level yoga posture where you lie flat on your back and bend one of the knees towards the chest, and hold it with your arms.
So how do you make the most out of this yoga posture?
Breathe deeply while you hold the stretch and imagine your root chakra expanding and getting warmer. You can try to slightly tighten the grip around your leg while you hold this posture. Allow your groin and shoulders to relax. After you are done with one leg, do the same thing with the other, and lastly, grab both of your legs and bend them into your chest.
Bridge Pose (Setu Bhandasana) - lie flat on your back, bend your knees and place your arms straight with palms facing down.
Start pressing your feet into the ground without lifting your body and imagine earth energy flowing through your legs, making them strong and solid.
Keep your legs firmly planted on the floor, take a deep breath, and start lifting your body up, pressing the chest upward.If you have some previous experience with yoga clasp your hands under your back and move your shoulders closer to each other. Feel the strong support of your legs and hold this posture for a minimum of 3 breath cycles.
Half-Locust and Full Locust (Shalabhasana) - lie flat on your tummy with your arms and legs straight. Your palms are facing up and touching the front of your thighs.
Begin to lift one of the legs off the floor and start to feel your root chakra activating, as you breathe deeply into your belly. Repeat with the other leg and if you feel strong, try going for the Full Locust posture by lifting both legs up off the floor.
Head-to-Knee Pose (Janus Sirasana) - this simple and amazing posture will help you to release lots of tension around your root chakra.
You will feel lots of relief all the way down from your lower back to your hamstrings. Sit up straight with your legs extended out in front of you and your back straight. Take a deep breath, and with an exhale, stretch your arms forward, reaching out for your feet.
If you’re not flexible enough to reach your feet and feel too much tension in your hamstrings, don’t worry! You can just bend your knees to the point where you feel comfortable and hold this posture for at least 30 seconds.
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5. Root Chakra Stones & Crystals
- Typical colors: most commonly red, yellow, orange, brown, green, and rarely blue.
- Helps with: self-confidence, self-trust, courage, grounding, stability, energy flow.
It is a magic stone of grounding and stability, providing you with comfort, security, strength, and balance.
Red Jasper will help you to reconnect with Earth’s grounding energies by creating a stable frequency that matches Muladhara.
Red Jasper is also one of the best crystals to assist you with awakening your Kundalini serpent, which lies at the base of your spine, in the center of the root chakra.
- Typical colors: orange, red, yellow, brown and few others.
- Helps with: courage, motivation, strength, self-confidence, overcoming past traumas, vitality, balancing energy.
It comes in beautiful shades of red and orange, and it is one of the best stones to help you overcome your deepest fears and increase your courage and strength levels.
Red Carnelian will allow you to overcome procrastination and increase your self-confidence levels.
- Typical colors: black but also available in brown, green, and rarely in blue, red, orange, or yellow.
- Helps with: protection, energy flow, courage, self-confidence, decision-making, clarity, grounding.
It is a powerful cleansing stone that has amazing grounding and protective properties.
Black Obsidian can help you to release any negative emotions such as fear, stress, and anger, which are very often trapped inside your root chakra.
- Typical colors: dark green body with red to orange spots.
- Helps with: protection, energy flow, courage, self-confidence, decision-making, clarity, grounding.
Beautiful, earthy green stone with blood-like, red spots. It is a very powerful protection and grounding stone, helpful in boosting your energy, courage, and determination. If you need more endurance during any of your physical activities and work on the awakening of your root chakra through exercises, bloodstone is a great choice.
- Typical colors: black but it can occur in all other colors of the spectrum.
- Helps with: tension release, energy flow, self-confidence, overcoming fear, protection, grounding.
It is a powerful stone of protection and one of the best shields against negative energies. Black tourmaline is also a great grounding and empowerment stone, which can help you to overcome challenging situations in life and establish a better connection with Earth's energy. This stone is very often used in cleansing and purification rituals.
- Typical colors: pink, rose-pink to brownish red, red, gray and yellow.
- Helps with: emotional balance, strength, forgiveness, energy flow, overcoming fear, liver and kidney detoxification.
Rhodonite is a grounding stone that can help you cope with painful situations. It is a heart and root chakra stone that assists in the efficient processing of energies in both of these energy centers.
Rhodonite is a very versatile stone that can be used to add strength and energy to the body and soul, enabling them to anchor higher energies required for your spiritual evolution.
- Typical colors: most commonly seen in red but also available in green, orange, yellow, pink, brown, purple-red and black.
- Helps with: grounding, self-confidence, energy flow, strength, passion, intimacy, safety, protection.
Red Garnet is a powerful energizing, grounding, and revitalizing gemstone, that can be used to stimulate your kundalini energy. Garnet's main advantage is that it purifies the body's energy by removing toxins and returning your body to its healthy condition.
Garnet is a great protection stone that was once considered to be a defensive talisman used to warn of imminent threat and danger.
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6. Root Chakra Foods
The best foods for grounding and protection of our root chakra are:
- Red foods: strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, red peppers, pomegranate, watermelon
- Root vegetables: beets, carrots, celery, ginger root, garlic, onion, potatoes, leek, radish, turnip, parsnips, shallots, yam
- Foods that are rooted in physical form: beef, chicken, pork, fish
Foods from animal origin are probably the most physically-oriented foods you can eat.
They are great sources of protein and iron, which is necessary for healthy red blood cell formation.
Protein is the main nutrient that gives us your body its structure and the best raw material to build your bones, muscles, and organs, which are directly linked to our root chakra.
Physiologically, our bodies take much longer to digest flesh foods because they are dense and create a full feeling in your gut.
However, if you are vegetarian or vegan, it is not necessary to eat meat to be grounded.
Foods such as root vegetables, dark leafy greens, beans, chickpeas, tofu, nuts, and eggs are great sources of grounding proteins and essential minerals.
There are a few more key things to remember when it comes to healing root chakra with foods:
Eating primarily protein-rich foods without a healthy balance of other macronutrients can have the opposite effect on your root chakra.
- Your root chakra contains the vibration of healthy physical hunger, and you want to be able to distinguish it from emotional hunger.
- It is vital to create a healthy relationship between you and the food that you consume. In other words, try to eat only when you are really hungry.
- On the other hand, neglecting your body needs to consume food by self-inflicted starvation or extended fasting can have detrimental effects on our root chakra too.
When we talk about food, let’s not forget about bringing some gratitude to the table.
I personally like to use affirmations, but I think it is enough to be thankful before all of your meals.
Here are some of my favorite affirmations. Feel free to come up with your own:
- The core of my being is nourished by organic foods high in the best nutrients.
- Root vegetables ground me to the Earth.
- I give gratitude to the plants and animals that support me with their presence and gifts.
Root Chakra Opening
Accepting the body and the fact that your body expresses your life is a number one step on your journey to opening the root chakra.
Your spirit lives in a physical body in this dimension, and through that body, you can fully experience all of the spiritual and emotional parts of yourself.
Root chakra can be thought of as open and activated if all principles of this chakra have been accepted as a lesson in everyday life.
Once you understand all of the lessons and consciousness of the root chakra, you can start looking into using some of these chakra opening tools and adding new, healthy habits into your daily life.