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Grounded and Centered: Unlocking The Power Of Your Root Chakra


white girl in red pants doing warrior three in the jungle
Girl in warrior three pose

This is the first of 7 Blogs on the individual Chakras …

We begin at the Root because you must build a strong foundation for lasting transformation. Additionally, balancing your Root creates a solid foundation for the balancing and opening of the other six chakras. When your Root is balanced, you experience stability, confidence, energy, and strength.


First,

here is a list of the Basic associations to the Root Chakra:


Sanskrit name: Muladhara

Color: Red

Location: Base of Spine

Element: Earth

Seed Mantra: Lam

Gland: Adrenals

Psychological Function: Survival, Stability, Self-Sufficiency

Main Asanas: Tree (Vrkshasana), Mountain (Tadasana), Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana) Garland Pose (Malasana), Head to Knee Forward Bend (Janu Sirsasana), Easy Pose (Sukhasana)


About the Root Chakra:


Also known as the Muladhara Chakra, it’s the first of the seven chakras and is located at the base of the spine. In general, this energy center is responsible for our basic survival needs, including physical survival, financial security, and emotional stability. Since our current society uses money for exchange of things we need to survive (food, shelter, etc), this is why the root chakra is tied into our financial security.

Our Muladhara keeps us rooted to our strong inner self, so we naturally stand in positivity and spread happiness in life. A balanced root chakra can provide great emotional stability, so we feel grounded, stable, and confident. However, an imbalanced or blocked Root Chakra can lead to a range of mental, emotional and physical issues, including fear, anxiety, digestive problems, and reproductive issues.

This is also a powerful chakra for letting go of fear and anxiety, which also results in feeling grounded and secure.

Muladhara is composed of two Sanskrit words, "mula," meaning "root," and "adhara," meaning "base" or "support."

The color red, which symbolizes primal instincts of strength and vitality, is associated with the Root Chakra.

The Muladhara Chakra is the first vital force of energy. It is a strong and sturdy energy, often referred to as Stryra, the sanskrit term for strong structured steady foundational energy. This is the energy of the Muladhara Energy Center.


White girl doing pigeon pose in urban setting
Pigeon Pose

How to Balance, Unblock and Open the Muladhara Chakra


Working on your root chakra opens the door for quicker healing,

and creates the space to balance and open all the other chakras.


Meditation

Meditation that focuses on grounding is a great way to become more connected to your root and all the qualities of the Root Chakra.

The muladhara vibrates to the key of C, which is the key our meditation music is recorded in to purposefully draw you into your Root naturally.


Spend time in Nature:

This energy center connects us to the physical realm and to Momma Earth. Ever notice how grounded and centered you feel when on a hike? The energies of the Root Chakra naturally connect to the energies of nature, so nature nurtures our connection with our Root.

Modern Culture has us working indoors which can create a lack of exposure to nature and be mentally draining. This loss of connection to nature and the earth can create anxiety, lack of self-confidence, and blocked Root Chakra.

Practice Yoga Regularly:

One of the things that separates Yoga from regular exercise is that many of the Yoga poses are designed to move the life force energy through our bodies and activate our energy centers. Some asanas help to release excess chakra energy, while others stimulate chakras to gain energy … both important for restoring balance.

Yoga also helps to balance the Root Chakra through grounding, aligning the physical structure of the body and enhancing physical strength.


The following poses specifically activate the Root Chakra:

Tree (Vrkshasana), Mountain (Tadasana), Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana) Garland Pose (Malasana), Head to Knee Forward Bend (Janu Sirsasana), Easy Pose (Sukhasana)


Visualize Red at your Root:

The main color of the Root Chakra is red, which symbolizes primal instincts of strength and vitality, and is connected to our Physicality. Simply visualize the color red at your Root Chakra area.

This works particularly well when the mind is quiet, like in meditation.

Connect Physically:

The Muladhara Chakra serves as support and the foundation of the physical structure of the body. BEing present in your body in the stillness of Tadasana, as well as, being present in the strength and stability of your body while lifting weights or engaging in other physical activities, is a great gateway to our Root.


Become even more Present in your Physicality:

You may want to do this before doing something physical,

to get more connected to your physical body and activate your Muladhara Chakra.


Take a moment to ground down into your body and feel the physical structure of your body.

Now bring your awareness to your skin.

Then Become aware of the flesh under your skin …

your muscles and other soft tissue …

The muladhara energy nourishes and supports your flesh and skin.

Become aware that your muscles are supporting and holding up your skeletal system.

Now tap into the strength of your bones.

Our Root Energy feeds our bones.

Feel how amazing the structure of your body is …

Feel a sense of Strength and Stability.


Positive Affirmations


Simply bringing your Repeating Positive Affirmations helps to re-set your brain with new intentions, and moves you in the direction of breaking old habits that don’t serve you … Creating the space for new more powerful and effective habits.

  • I feel safe and secure

  • I feel Stable and Grounded

  • The earth is a safe place for me

  • I trust more

  • I am at peace

  • I have self-love

  • I nurture my body temple

  • I take care of my well-being.

  • I am open to all possibilities.

  • I have abundance in my life.

  • I love my body and trust its wisdom.

  • I trust the universe to support me.

attention on all these aspects of your physical body will be activating for your Root Chakra because it is literally the root connection from your energetic to your physical body!


Signs of an Imbalanced or blocked Muladhara Chakra


If your Root is blocked or out of balance it can cause a variety of mental illnesses and stress, which can negatively affect your overall physical wellness. Things like overeating, hoarding of material items, and greed for money are a few signs of an unbalanced Muladhara Chakra. When our basic survival needs are not met, our Root Chakra becomes dysfunctional causing things like fear and anxiety. Mental & Emotional Issues stemming from our basic needs not being met can last long beyond the time our needs were not met.


The following list illustrates possible outcomes from a blocked or imbalanced Root Chakra

Fear

Feeling unstable

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Feeling lethargic

Feeling disconnected and isolated

Difficulty coping with stress

Difficulty taking Action

Digestive disorders

Trouble manifesting in the physical reality

Health issues, including problems in the colon, bladder, and lower back

Unexplained aches and pains in the body

Insomnia

Reproductive issues


To summarize …


A healthy and balanced Root Chakra creates a strong connection to our earthly instincts. We feel grounded, safe and secure. We feel stable physically, emotionally and financially. The energy of the Muladhara Chakra allows us to harness the courage and perseverance we need during challenging times, allowing our energy to flow freely as we move through life with ease in coping with those challenges.

We also experience overall confidence and an increase in our self-worth with an awakened Root. Working with our Root sets the stage to not only activate all the Root Qualities, but also opens the door to balance and open the rest of the Chakras.














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