Muladhara – Root Chakra

Welcome to week two of our journey of the chakras! Today, we will go through an in depth exploration of the First Chakra, known as Muladhara or Root Chakra. Here is an overview of the chakra from last week. The first chakra is located at the pelvic, is red in color and connects to our roots. This is the seat of our soul, our family lineage; physical vitality rises from here and is the creative expression. Fear, survival, and abundance issues all rise from imbalances in the root chakra. The physical organs it represents are the kidneys, bladder, and spine.

The root chakra keeps us grounded and connected to the Earth and to the world. But most people aren’t grounded, as many tend to live in their heads or are too absorbed with all the stress or work around them. Believe it or not, mental stress completely imbalances your root chakra because it takes away the feeling of being grounded and relaxed. Furthermore, stress, worries, and overload of work leads to exhaustion, adrenal fatigue, kidney related problems, and chronic fatigue syndrome. These are all due to imbalances and weakness in the root chakra.

The reason to keep the root chakra strong is to not only avoid the illnesses mentioned above, but because it gives you the feeling of being centered and gives you the extra boost of confidence in life. It gives you energy, vitality, and extra strength, so that you feel in control of yourself and with your own wellbeing. The root chakra is the first chakra, so it sets the tone for all the other chakras as well.

The core strength from within comes from the root chakra and this inner knowingness cannot come from anywhere else. Therefore, any insecurity, fear, or instability all arise from an imbalanced root chakra. Lower back issues and hip problems often arise from an imbalance in the root chakra. If you think about it, the spine is what supports the physical body. By working with the root chakra to bring about balance, you can ease any pain or discomfort associated with all the imbalances.

There are a few home remedies for clearing and balancing the root chakra. But also, practicing yoga, having Reiki treatments done, and meditation, are the most effective ways in balancing your chakras. Next time you walk into a yoga class, ask your teacher to point out which are specific poses for each chakra. One simple yoga pose for the root chakra is a sitting up spinal twist.

The crystals that work best for balancing the root chakra is the Red Tiger Eye, Red Jasper, Garney, and Ruby. Unless you know how to use stones for healing, the best way to use the stones is to hold them in the palms of your hand as you sit up to meditate. Then, as you focus on balancing your root chakra, close your eyes and imagine a ball of red energy surrounding your root chakra. Continue to breathe easily and relax. If you would like to associate your meditation with a sound, the sound for the first chakra is “lam” (pronounced lum). Repeat lam as you focus upon your root chakra. A five to ten minute meditation is sufficient to balance your root chakra.

If you are short of time and need a quick way to ground yourself, if the weather permits, walk barefoot outside onto some grass and sit down or stand next to a tree and take a few deep breaths. Absorb in the natural air and beauty. This is one of the best and most effective ways to create some balance within.

Happy Root Chakra balancing,