Ultimate Guide to Root Chakra | Muladhara



Author: Jessica Tracy

Ultimate Guide to Healing Root Chakra Muladhara


I think you’ll agree when I say that you can’t build a great house on a weak foundation.

We often have great ideas in life, which are just like air energy and we get enthusiastic which is the fire energy.

But what what about completion and grounding these ideas into reality?

If you find yourself not starting or finishing projects and searching through the branches just like I was in the past, energy is not flowing freely through your root chakra.

Here’s why this is so important:

We come to this world through root chakras of our mothers and everything we try to create and manifest in life finds completion through root chakra (muladhara) energy first.

Mother with Baby Root Chakra Muladhara
In this article I am going to tell you everything you need to know about the power of muladhara chakra and show you the importance of having a healthy, well-balanced, fast-spinning and unobstructed base chakra.


Article Contents:

1. What is The Root Chakra?
2. Where is The Root Chakra?
3. What does the Root Chakra symbolize?
4. What Happens When The First Chakra is Imbalanced?
5. Root Chakra Healing
6. How do I Balance and Heal My Root Chakra?
7. How do I Open My Root Chakra?
- Root Chakra Meditation
- Root Chakra Affirmations
8. Yoga Poses For Root Chakra
9. What Crystals and Stones Are Good For Root Chakra?
10. Aromatherapy For Root Chakra. Which Essential Oils Are Good For Root Chakra?
11. Which Foods Are Good For Root Chakra?
12. References
 


What is The Root Chakra?

The Root Chakra, also known as Base Chakra, is the first of the seven chakras associated with survival, grounding and safety.
It is the foundation of our entire system on which the other chakras sit and it is situated at the base of the spine between the coccyx and the pelvic bone, and its color is red.

So, what is the main function of Root Chakra?

Main function of root chakra is to keep us grounded in the physical world and to keep us alive.
This chakra is in direct connection with mother Earth and it relates to the element earth.

The Sanskrit name for this chakra is Muladhara, which means “root support”.
The Root Chakra represents the first step into the material world.

If we do not balance this chakra before we progress to others, our growth will lack the stability necessary for true growth.

Root Chakra Muladhara Chakra


Want to know the best part?


Base chakra is the place where the Kundalini (the life force) sleeps, waiting to be liberated and give you the power to go into the material world.

Kundalini is a universal concept for a very powerful enlightening force which generates a profound state of consciousness.

Where is The Root Chakra?

In the body, the first chakra is located at the base of the spine, midway between the coccyx bone and the pelvic bone - it is the point you are sitting on right now.

Paths of energy in root chakra extend downward like a root through the legs and feet to contact the Earth.

What’s the best way to visualize the root chakra?

Muladhara chakra is a wheel of light measuring about 3 inches in diameter, which spins to form a light funnel pointing towards the earth from the base of the spine.

Physically Muladhara relates to denser parts of our body such as the bones, spine, legs, knees and the colon.

What does the Root Chakra symbolize?

Root chakra is symbolized by a red lotus flower with 4 petals.
Four petals represent main aspects of a human psyche:

- Mind (Manas)
- Intellect (Buddhi)
- Consciousness (Chitta)
- Ego (Ahamkara)

The square depicted within the root chakra symbol represents rigidity, strong foundations and stability for rest of the chakras to sit on.

Root Chakra Muladhara Symbol

The four corners symbolize the four directions: north, south, east and west.
From a strong foundation we can move in any direction in life.

Downward pointing triangle in the middle of the root chakra symbol is a symbol of expanding of our consciousness.

It is where kundalini shakti stays dormant, waiting to be woken up and brought back up to the source.

What Happens When The First Chakra is Imbalanced?

When our root chakra is imbalanced our growth in life will lack stability and we will be unable to find joy in being alive.

Unbalanced muladhara can threaten our very own survival, making us feel unsafe and insecure.

Since Muladhara is the foundation of entire chakra system, we need to bring it to balance before we can start working with higher chakras.

So what are the main signs of imbalanced root chakra?

  • Are you trying really hard to manifest things into existence with hundreds of affirmations but nothing really happens?
  • Do you often tend to cling to the tasks of everyday life, unable to see your work as a fun and joyful challenge?
  • Are you always worried about changing jobs or having to move to a new place?
  • Are you struggling to overcome your fears, social anxiety, insecurity and depression?
  • Do you have problems with maintaining healthy diet, sleeping well and exercising on a regular basis?
  • Are you questioning  the value of life and creation unable to appreciate the wonders of the universe on any level?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to get to work on your root chakra and lay some solid foundation.

And please don’t forget one, key thing:

Let’s just make that work hard and joyful at the same time!

Healing 7 Chakras

Root Chakra Healing

Working  on balancing and healing the root chakra can transform all of your fears into courage and negative energy into positive, and creative energy.

Inappropriate levels of fear can be a one of the first major signs that the first chakra foundation is damaged and require healing.

When your Muladhara chakra is balanced and healthy, you will feel relaxed and grounded.

How do I balance and heal my root chakra?

Balancing your root chakra involves working on restoring balanced flow of prana energy through your body. To heal the first chakra is ultimately to heal our body learning to accept it, feel it and love it.

Our body expresses our life so we have to become its pain, its pleasure, its fear, and its joy.

One of the best methods for healing this chakra is getting in touch with our bodies through the process of grounding.

Here’s what I mean by grounding:

Grounding is the building of a foundation which puts us in touch with our bodies and allows us to be completely present here and now.
It is a process of dynamic contact with Earth that occurs through our legs and feet.

Through grounding our consciousness completes the manifesting current because that which has ground and substance will find its way to manifestation.

When we are grounded, we live simply, in state of grace uncovering the truths buried within our bodies.

We are spiritual beings in human form and we need to remain rooted to the earth.

Root Chakra Healing Grounding Exercise

Unfortunately many people who embark on their spiritual journey forget this and become very ethereal as if they were floating on some higher plane.

Don’t make the same mistake on your path because it will leave you being very vulnerable and insecure.

People who are grounded and down to earth are never afraid to get things done.

Overloaded root chakra might become difficult to open and grounding is the best way to discharge this excess tension.

Let’s try one my favourite grounding exercises:

  • Stand upright (you can take off your shoes if you want) with your feet a shoulder-width apart, toes slightly turned in
  • Close your eyes and take few nice, deep breaths allowing yourself to relax
  • Now, take your attention to your feet and feel the connection to the the floor
  • As you exhale bend your knees slightly and imagine sending down a root from a sole of each foot and from 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 few breath cycles and feel the wonderful earth energy revitalizing your entire system and filling you up
  • Repeat for few cycles - try to imagine pushing against the floor as you exhale
  • Finish the exercise with words of gratitude for being here in 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 single exercise is really worth your time.
It is a perfect practice to incorporate when you’re out in the nature, park or any other quiet place.

Hiker Grounding Root Chakra

So how do I open my root chakra?

Accepting the body and the fact that our body expresses our life is number one step on our journey to opening the root chakra. We are our bodies, and through that we can fully experience all of the spiritual and emotional parts of ourselves.

Root chakra can be thought as open and activated if all principles of this chakra has been accepted as a lesson in everyday life.

Once we understand all of the lessons and consciousness of root chakra we can start looking into using some of muladhara specific tools and adding new, healthy habits into our daily life.

Grounding is a great start and foundation which will help you with opening the root chakra.

Other useful methods to work with this chakra include meditation, yoga, affirmations, crystals, stones, essential oils and appropriate diet.

1. Root Chakra Meditation

Meditation practice will develop your connection to the Earth and help you to create greater sense of grounding.
Most effective root chakra meditation is very similar to a concentration meditation where we focus our 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 centre, start visualizing red, glowing circle at this part of your body and begin expanding it with every breath cycle.

Be still and feel the pulse of 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

Root Chakra Healing Meditation

2. Root Chakra Affirmations

Here are 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 physical being and value my physical presence.
    • I resolve to take care of my body and accept it as it is today.


    3. Yoga poses for root chakra

    Some of the best yoga exercises which work on stimulating and releasing energy from root chakra come from hatha yoga.

    Hatha yoga practice is a very old system of yoga also known as conscious relaxation.

    The reason it is great for root chakra is because 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.
      root chakra yoga poses knee to chest

      So how do you make the most of 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 deeply relax.
      After you finish 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.
      root chakra yoga poses bridge poseStart 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 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.
      root chakra yoga poses locustBegin to lift one on 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 release lots of tension around your root chakra.
      root chakra yoga poses head to kneeYou 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 in holding this posture for at least 30 seconds.

    4. What crystals and stones are good for root chakra?

    Each chakra can be balanced and healed by using unique stones and crystals.
    It is very common to use stones which have certain vibrational frequencies such as red jasper, bloodstone, black obsidian, red carnelian or black tourmaline to speed up root chakra healing process.

    You can use any these powerful root chakra stones and crystals by holding them, wearing them in the form of jewelry or simply having them around your house.

    Red Jasper - it is a magic stone of grounding and stability, providing you with a comfort, security, strength and balance.
    Red Jasper will help you to reconnect with Earth’s grounding energies by creating stable frequency which 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 root chakra.

    Red Carnelian - 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 assist you with overcoming procrastination and increasing your self-confidence levels.

    Black Obsidian - it is a powerful cleansing stone which has amazing grounding and protective properties.
    Black Obsidian can help you to release many negative emotions such as fear, stress and anger which are very often trapped inside your root chakra.

    Bloodstone - beautiful, earthy green stone with blood-like, red spots. It is 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 working with awakening of your root chakra through exercises, bloodstone is a great choice.

    Black Tourmaline - 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 better connection with Earth energy.
    This stone is very often used in cleansing and purification rituals.

    5. Aromatherapy for root chakra - which essential oils are good for root chakra?

    Aromatherapy and essential oils with earthy aroma can be great tools for restoring the balance in within blocked root chakra because it is directly connected to your sense of smell.
    Some of the best essential oils for healing the root chakra include sandalwood, myrrh, rosemary oil, lavender, frankincense, ylang ylang, vetiver, cinnamon, cypress seed and cedar atlas.

    What’s the best way of using essential oils for blocked chakra?

    One of the best way of making the most of your essential oil is using diffuser or aroma humidifier which will also create soothing smell in your room and help you resolve any dry skin issues.
    Another great way of using any root chakra essential oils is to apply them directly onto your skin and having a relaxing foot massage.

    6. Which foods are good for root chakra?

    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

    Root Chakra Root Vegetables Beetroots

    Foods from animal origin are probably 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 our structure and best raw materials to build our 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 full feeling in our 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 or nuts and eggs are great sources of grounding proteins and essential minerals.

    There are 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 our root chakra

    • Our root chakra contains the vibration of healthy physical hunger and we want to be able to distinguish it from emotional hunger.
      It is vital to create healthy relationship between us and the food that we consume and eat only when we are hungry
    • On the other hand, neglecting our body needs to consume food by self-inflicted starvation or extended fasting can also have detrimental effects on our root chakra

    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 favourite affirmations, feel free to come up with your own:

    • The core of my being is nourished by organic foods high in 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

    References:

    Judith, A. (1990). The Truth About Chakras, St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications.
    Judith, A. (1999). Wheels of Life - A User’s Guide to The Chakra System, St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications.
    Minich, D.M. (2009). Chakra Foods For Optimum Health, San Francisco, CA: Conari Press.
    Simpson, S. (2002). Chakras for Starters, Nevada City, CA: Crystal Clarity Publishers.
    Shola Arewa, C. (2001). Way of The Chakras, London: Thorsons.
    Davies, B. (2000). The 7 Healing Chakras, Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press.
    Vollmar, K. (1987). Journey through the Chakras, Wellow, Bath: Gateway Books.
    Motoyama, H. (1981). Theories of The Chakras, New Delhi: New Age Books 

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