Muladhara -The Root Chakra
You may have heard of Chakras, but are unsure of what they are and what their purpose is. I am going to do a series of blogs focusing on each of the seven main chakras because when it comes to being in balance, it’s important to have well balanced and open chakras.
The word “chakra” is Sanskrit and translates to “disc or wheel”. The term refers to spinning wheels of energy located throughout the body. These wheels help to move the body’s prana, or vital life source.
Chakras govern every part of the body: bones, tissues, and organs as well as emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
There are 114 chakras in the body. I will be covering the seven main chakras: root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown.
The first chakra is the Root Chakra. Located at the base of the spine. It covers the bones, feet, knees, legs, perineum, colon and coccyx. It is symbolized by the four-petal lotus flower.
The color associated with the root chakra is red. This is the location of the fight or flight decisions. It stirs up passion, anger, and drive. Think about it- when someone is angry, it’s said they are “seeing red”. Red is tied to love- red hearts. When you “fall in love” it’s basically the energy falling through the chakras into the root chakra. When you ‘rise above’ something, you are rising out of your emotional root chakra to a higher state of mind.
The root chakra helps to keep us feeling grounded, balanced, and secure. When the root chakra is off balance, we might experience insomnia, anxiety, phobias, and substance abuse. We might have issues with constipation. We might have aches and pain in our feet and our legs.
To balance the root chakra, it’s important to maintain a nutritious diet and adequate sleep. Dancing and drumming help to bring the root chakra back into balance.
The element associated with the root chakra is earth. Walking outdoors, especially if you can do so barefoot, helps to ground us and bring our root chakra into balance. You can also bring earth inside the home with vases of flowers, houseplants, and pictures of nature.
Oils associated with the root chakra are cinnamon, sandalwood, rosewood, black pepper, cloves and cedarwood. Burning incense with these oils will permeate the air with their root chakra healing properties. You may try burning some during a meditation to balance the root chakra.
Foods that help strengthen the root chakra are those high in protein such as nuts, dairy and meats. Be careful to eat organic when possible, and if any meats are digested, make sure they aren’t factory farmed animals.
Stones that help balance the vibrational frequency of the Root Chakra include hematite, ruby, garnet, onyx and tiger’s eye.
The animals associated with the root chakra are elephant and bull. If you want to bring your root chakra into balance, you can place small statues or pictures of these animals about your home or place of work.
The gland associated with the root chakra is the adrenal gland, and care must be taken to not overwork the adrenal gland. Moderation in caffeine and alcohol can help with keeping the adrenal working properly.
Positive Archetype of the root chakra is Mother.
Negative Archetype is Victim.
A great way to open and balance your chakras is to visit a Reiki practitioner. They work with energy and can help to open blocked energy centers.
There are several yoga poses you can do to support the root chakra. A great one to start with is Mountain Pose.
To practice Mountain Pose, stand with the bases of the two big toes touching, heels slightly apart, bringing your second toes parallel. Lift your toes, spread them and place back down. Slowly rock back and forth, side to side, slowly coming to a stop, letting your weight settle evenly balanced on your feet.
Lift your ankles and the arches of your feet. Squeeze your lower legs towards each other.
Tighten the muscles of your thighs and rotate your thighs slightly inward.
Tuck the tailbone slightly but not so that the lower back rounds. Keep your hips even with the center of your body.
Slightly draw in your belly. Inhale while lengthening your torso. Exhale and lower shoulder blades down and back.
Broaden your chest across the collarbones while keeping shoulders in line with the sides of your torso.
Keep arms straight, fingers extended, elongate your neck.
Keep your breathing calm and even. As you exhale, allow your spine to lengthen more. Your gaze should be soft and forward.
Hold the pose for one minute.
***PLEASE NOTE*** I suggest you get professional instruction for yoga poses to make sure you are doing them correctly. I also ask you seek medical advice first if you have any medical health issues.