Sanskrit name - Muladhara
Location - Base of the spine
Colour - Red
Element - Earth
The first chakra is the root. It is the foundation for all the other chakras. Based on the energy of the earth it gives you a feeling of safety, survival and grounding. It is the main foundation of our lives and gives us the security we need to feel safe. This includes your basic needs such as food, water, shelter and letting go of fear and worry.
A balanced root chakra
When your root chakra is perfectly balanced you will have energy during the day. You will be able to get things done and make good plans for yourself. Life will be effortless and you will be satisfied with everything around you. You’ll have direction and purpose.
A unbalanced root chakra
Chakras can become unbalanced when they are either blocked (B) or too open (O). This can lead to unwanted feelings and even physical symptoms.
The emotional feelings of unbalanced root chakra include:
- Anger & frustration (O)
- Anxiety disorders (B)
- Apathy (B)
- Fears (B)
- Greed & selfishness (O)
- Insecurity (B)
- Lethargic (B)
- Loss of meaning & purpose of life (B)
- Negativity (B)
- Nightmares (B)
- The tendency to want to attract attention.(O)
The physical symptoms of an unbalanced root chakra are:
- Colon & bladder problems (B)
- Eating disorders (O)
- Leg or feet issues (B)
- Lower back pain (B)
- Prostate (in men) (B)
How to balance the root chakra
Meditation helps the flow of energy and balances the chakras.
- Sit cross-legged on a mat or sit on a chair with both feet on the floor.
- Keep your back straight, arms relaxed and your eyes closed.
- Take two or three deep breaths.
- Now visualize a ball of red light coming from the base of your spine. Imagine it radiating energy outwards through the whole body.
- Continue with the deep breathing and visualizations for as long as you are comfortable. 10 to 15 minutes is good to start with.
Try holding a crystal while you meditate or listen to some binaural beats for a stronger session.
Crystals have the power to absorb negative energies that cause chakras to be unbalanced.
Place the crystal over the root chakra for between 5-20 minutes. The longer you can do this for the more effective it will be. You can also carry, wear or meditate with them.
The following crystals are perfect to use for balancing the root chakra. Generally speaking, use red stones.
- Golden Topaz
- Fire Agate
- Tiger’s Eye
- Black Tourmaline
- Smoky Quartz
- Red Jasper
Listening to the frequencies in binaural beats can stimulate the brainwaves to balance the root chakra. Binaural Beats are best listened to through headphones. Listening to the sounds while you fall asleep can encourage deep sleep and heal at the same time.
Binaural Beats can be listened to as often as you want. It could be daily during meditation practice when your root chakra feels out of balance.
NOTE: Do not listen to Binaural Beats whilst operating heavy machinery or driving.
Massage can relieve stress in the mind and body. It is a therapy that stimulates the energy flow and can help open the root chakra.
Massaging your lower back activates your Root Chakra. Rub some essential oil around your coccyx for a deep massage.
Scents such as sandalwood, ginger, cayenne, patchouli, black pepper and cloves help cleanse the root chakra. We recommend this root chakra essential oil. Use oil in a diffuser, a spritzer or in an inhaler.
Yoga poses are a great way to cleanse and balance the chakras. The poses are designed to keep the body aligned which keeps the energy flowing. Concentrate on forward bends and standing poses that a good for the root chakra.
Wear red clothing and surround yourself with earth colours and objects that remind you of nature.
Food & Drink
Eat plenty of grounding foods. Root vegetables are perfect for this such as sweet potatoes, beets and radish. Drink a herbal tea that contains root chakra cleansing herbs.
Doing activities that are more grounding and earth-related can help balance your root chakra. Activities such as gardening, cooking, walking or even sit outside to connect with nature.
These strong powerful statements can train your brain to think in a differnet way. Talk directly to the root chakra to create balance. Try the following affirmations.
- I am grounded
- I am confident
- I am worthy of respect
- I am positive
- I'm independent and strong
- I love life