Located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae, the root chakra is responsible for your sense of safety and security on this earthly journey. 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. Imagine that you’re laying the foundation for a house in which you’re going to live for a long time. A solid foundation embedded in firm soil will provide the stability you need to create a home filled with joy for years to come.
The root chakra is comprised of whatever grounds you to stability in your life. This includes your basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and safety, as well as your more emotional needs such as letting go of fear. When these needs are met, you feel grounded and safe, and you tend to worry less day to day.
Imbalances in the Root Chakra
If there is an imbalance in the root chakra you may experience anxiety disorders, fears, or nightmares. Physical imbalances may manifest as problems in the colon, with the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, leg, or feet issues. In men, prostate problems may occur. Eating disorders may also be a sign of a root chakra imbalance.
How to Balance Muladhara
While meditation does connect you to a higher spiritual plane, it also serves to ground you. You may not always be able to trust that the world will give you what you need to survive, but connection to your higher self and trust in a power higher than yourself will give you what you need to feel safe.
It does not matter if you call that higher power Consciousness, Mother Nature, God, or Spirit. Connection to universal energy will bring you a sense of peace and stability. The animals in the forest have no idea if and when they will find food each day, yet somehow they trust in
This is an exercise to strengthen this connection to the ground.
Stand up straight and relaxed.
Put your feet shoulder width apart.
Slightly bend your knees.
Put your pelvis somewhat forward.
Keep your body balanced, so that your weight is evenly distributed over the soles of your feet.
Sink your weight downward.
Keep in this position for several minutes
Imagine in your mind that you have roots like a tree and they are going through your root chakra and deep down into the earth until they hit the centre of the earth and a bright white light then comes up through the roots and back into the base of your spine. Do this three times whilst breathing in slowly through the nose and out through the nose.
Another Technique to Unblock your Root Chakra
Relax and clear your mind. Once you are fully relaxed, take a moment to center yourself then visualize each of the chakras opening like a flower. When doing this exercise it is important not to force them to open. It is also alright if they do not open fully on your first try. If one does not open, try again tomorrow. One reason for this is because they have been dormant. Please remember if they have been blocked, to go slowly with this exercise. Once they are open, you might notice a tingling this is normal and it means you are receiving the energy your body needs. The whole exercise should take about five minutes.
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