Updated: Sep 12, 2019
The root chakra is the first chakra. Its energy is based on the earth element. It’s associated with the feeling of safety and grounding. It’s at the base of the chakra system and lays the foundation for your life. The word Muladhara breaks down into two Sanskrit words: Mula meaning “root” and Adhara, which means “support” or “base.”
This is the first of the chakras of matter. Balancing the root chakra creates the solid foundation for opening the chakras above it. The root chakra is comprised of whatever grounds you to stability in your life. Root chakra—Mūlādhāra is the most instinctual of all chakras – it is your survival center. The primal energy of survival is fight, flight, or freeze response and is initiated from Root chakra energy. This is your primal, animal nature of survival.
Where is the Root Chakra?
The first chakra or root chakra is located at the base of the spine. The corresponding body locations are the perineum, along the first three vertebrae, at the pelvic plexus. This chakra is often represented as a cone of energy starting at the base of the spine and going downward and then slight bent up.
Key characteristics of the root chakra
The first chakra is associated with the following functions or behavioral characteristics:
*Basic needs (food, sleep, shelter, self-preservation, etc.)
*Physicality, physical identity and aspects of self
*Support and foundation for living our lives
The root chakra provides the foundation on which we build our life. It supports us in growing and feeling safe into exploring all the aspects of life. It is related to our feeling of safety and security, whether it’s physical or regarding our bodily needs or metaphorical regarding housing and financial safety. To sum it up, the first chakra questions are around the idea of survival and safety. The root chakra is where we ground ourselves into the earth and anchor our energy into the manifest world.
What is Root Chakra Healing?
A damaged 1st chakra can cause a multitude of problems, making it difficult or impossible to find one’s proper place in the world. Because it lies at the core of the entire tantric network, a root chakra that is either under or over-active can prevent a person from usefully healing the higher chakras. Thus a healthy, balanced Muladhara chakra should be considered an absolute prerequisite for general well being.
Root Chakra healing is the practice of opening, clearing, cleansing, supporting and strengthening the root chakra within our bodies. Root Chakra healing involves using certain foods, sounds, smells, affirmations, yoga practices, crystals, and other holistic remedies to reestablish harmony within the body-mind organism.
Because the root chakra is your one and only connection with grounding, earth energy, clearing a blockage here is really important. If one exists, it essentially stops all energy from reaching your upper chakras entirely and can really throw you off, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
There are many ways to heal an imbalanced chakra. Below we will explore the importance of a balanced chakra and some useful methods to balance the chakra.
Engage in a regular process of earthing, where you connect your feet directly with the earth
Integrate grounding meditations into your daily routine
Use the affirmation, “I am secure, safe, and protected in this moment.”
Use the affirmation,“I have everything I need in this moment.”
Get a foot massage, from a professional or a friend,loved one
Soak in the bath with Epsom salts, just your feet and legs or your whole body
Try reversing grounding by bringing source energy through your crown chakra and forcing it downward
Find some music you love and dance. Set your self-consciousness aside and let loose.
Try earthy essential oils like patchouli, cedar wood, sandalwood, and frankincense
Visualize the color red at the base of your spine. After a few minutes, imagine the red light expanding down your legs, to your feet, and grounding you to Mother Earth.
Try the yoga pose legs up the wall. Or any other grounding yoga poses like mountain, elephant, downward dog, warrior I and II, and standing wide-leg forward bend.
Enjoy a pedicure. When you put the focus on your feet and give them love and attention, the action helps to ground you and restore balance to your root chakra.
Eat mindfully and eat healthy comfort foods like root vegetables.
Move your body. Physical exercise supports root chakra healing – especial movement that focuses on your lower body.
Identify an area of your life where you lack self-confidence and come up with a few simple steps you can take to overcome that lack.
Place healing stones around your home or work space. Choose red stones like garnet, red carnelian, blood stone, red jasper, or others like smoky quartz, hematite, or jet.
Journal about the limiting beliefs you have about yourself as well as where those beliefs come from and how you can begin to change them.
For five minutes take long, slow, deep breathes, breathing into your tailbone area.
Wear red clothing.
Visualize your root chakra as a red rose that has a closed bud, then visualize it gradually opening to full bloom
Pay attention to your ‘glass half-empty’ moments and work to change them to ‘glass half-full’ moments. Remember that abundance thinking attracts abundance to you – this includes abundant belonging.
Add healing foods to your diet, specifically those that support your root chakra. These include eggs, beans, root vegetables, rainbow chard, beets.
Listen to a chakra cleansing and balancing meditation and set the intention for extra root chakra healing before hand.
Visualize a blockage as black gunk and visualize yourself scooping out the gunk with a shovel and tossing it onto the ground and back into the earth.
Root Chakra Affirmations..
I have a right to be here.
I trust myself
I love life
I am a beloved child of the Goddess, and I have a right to be here.
I am a divine being of light, and I am peaceful, protected and secure
I have a right to take up space.
I allow myself to be nourished and supported by Mother Earth.
I feel deeply rooted
I am connected to my body
I feel safe and secure just like a tree or a star,
I have a right to be here
I stand for my values, for truth, and for justice
I have what I need
I am grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet
I nurture my body with healthy food, clean water, exercise, relaxation, and connection with nature
I am open to possibilities
I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to grow and transform
I trust in the goodness of life
I make choice that are healthy and good for me
I Am Strong I Am Stable I Am Secure I Am Courageous I am Powerful I Am grounded
I Am in Control
Root Chakra Meditation
Sit in a comfortable position, either cross-legged on the floor or in a chair. Sit up tall with the spine straight, the shoulders relaxed and the chest open. Rest the hands on your knees or in your lap with the palms facing up. Relax the face, jaw, and belly. Let the tongue rest on the roof of the mouth, just behind the front teeth. Allow the eyes to lightly close.
Breathe slowly, smoothly and deeply in and out through the nose. Breathe deeply down into the low belly, all the way down to the perineum. Bring your awareness to the 1st chakra, Muladhara, located between the tip of the tailbone and the bottom of the pubic bone. Notice any sensations here as you take a few slow deep breaths in and out.
Then inhale and engage Mula Bandha by contracting the muscles between the pubic bone and tailbone and drawing the perineum up towards Muladhara. Keep your focus on feeling Mula Bandha and Muladhara as the breath flows in and the muscles contract. Feel the spine lengthen up as the feet and legs ground down. If comfortable, hold the breath in for 1-2 seconds. Then release Mula Bandha and exhale the air out through the nose. Repeat for 3-5 minutes, working on increasing the contraction of Mula Bandha if comfortable.
Return to a slow deep breath with awareness of Muladhara without engaging Mula Bandha. Feel any sensations here as you take a few slow deep breaths in and out, noticing any changes. Breathe deeply into Muladhara for 3-5 minutes.
To end, gently let the eyes blink open, inhale the palms together in front of the heart, exhale and gently bow. Take a moment or two before moving on with the rest of your day.
The mantra sound that corresponds to the root chakra is LAM.
The Muladhara, or Root Chakra, resonates with the natural sound of thunder, and the vibration of earthquakes. The Root Chakra is attuned with the Keynote C. Among the sound frequencies, used to resonate with, and balance, the Root Chakra, are 194.18 Hz, 256 Hz. But the most effective is a Solfeggio frequency of 396 Hz. The vowel sound “Uh” and the mantra “Lam” are associated with the Muladhara.
There are several different sound frequencies associated with the Muladhara, but perhaps the most potent is the Solfeggio frequency of 396 Hz. When a Tibetan singing bowl Solfeggio frequency of 396 Hz is combined with a sound healing technique called binaural beats, you simply need to put on a pair of headphones, close your eyes, and relax for 27 minutes.
Solfeggio frequency of 396 Hz : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUDND9NqFss
Binaural beats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS6va3bNTTw
Stones for the Root Chakra
Here are a few healing stones frequently used to open, balance and heal the root chakra.
Red Carnelian, Jasper, Bloodstone, Black Tourmaline, Obsidian