The Root Chakra
Root Chakra healing: Everything you need to know
The Root Chakra, also known as Muladhara or the First Chakra is associated with stability, security and groundedness. Muladhara originates from the words mula "root" and "adhara" meaning "support".
When our Muladhara is open and balanced, we feel protected, safe and at ease in the world. However, the Root Chakra can easily become blocked or unbalanced when we experience feelings of anxiety or insecurity. When that happens it’s important to engage in Root Chakra healing to address the imbalance and restore a healthy energy flow.
In this article we look at different tools you can use to support Root Chakra healing.
What is the Root Chakra?
The chakra system is an energy system originating from Hinduism and Buddhism spirituality. The system has seven key chakras: the Root Chakra, the Sacral Chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra, the Heart Chakra, the Third Eye Chakra, the Throat Chakra, and the Crown Chakra.
As the name suggests, the Root Chakra (also known as Muladhara or the First Chakra) represents the fundamental base or “roots” of the human body and our strength and stability in the external world. The Root Chakra is associated with the colour red, reflecting its connection with earth.
It is also believed to be the source from which the three main psychic channels or nadis arise: the Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. Before working on healing a particular chakra, it’s important to ensure your Root Chakra is healthy and balanced since this is the foundation on which all the other key chakras are based
The Root Chakra relates to all our basic physical requirements, for example food, drink, shelter and safety, as well as our fundamental emotional needs such as freedom from fear and anxiety, and mental stability. This is why we feel grounded and comfortable when we have a balanced Root Chakra.
Imagine your mind and body is like a home - when your home is built on strong, secure foundations then it will be stable and reliable for many years to come, allowing you to focus on other challenges in your life.
Where is the Root Chakra?
The Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine. Due to its position in the body, it is generally connected with our lower body health including our digestive system and pelvic area.
Causes of imbalances in the Root Chakra
Any experience which creates feelings of anxiety or insecurity can cause a blockage in the Root Chakra. For example if you experience abandonment or are exposed to a volatile environment or relationship this could lead to lasting trauma which manifests itself in the Root Chakra.
Some believe that the Root Chakra also holds a connection to the spiritual energies of our ancestors, and through this connection will feel the challenges and difficulties that they too faced.
Regardless of your background it is likely that all of us will encounter an imbalance of our Root Chakra at some point in our lives.
How to identify if you need Root Chakra healing?
Chakras can be both deficient and overactive. A Root Chakra that is lacking energy will often manifest itself as fear, such as anxiety and worry about work, money, health or relationships. An individual with an overactive Root Chakra can also experience fear however it will often manifest itself in other ways such as paranoia, defensiveness, aggressive behavior or greed.
If you think you could have an imbalance in your Root Chakra, it’s worth carrying out this simple exercise.
1. Sit down in a quiet safe space where you won’t be interrupted.
2. If you’re sitting on a chair make sure both feet are on the floor so you feel grounded. If you’re sitting on the floor, make sure your spine is tall and you are sitting on your sit bones.
3. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths
4. Once you feel relaxed, begin exploring the following questions in your mind. Try to be honest with yourself:
- Do you trust those around you?
- Are you content in your job?
- Are you content in your relationship
- Are there any areas of your life that are worrying you?
- How are you sleeping?
- Do you have any anxiety or uncomfortable emotions around eating?
- Do you feel worried about the future?
As you work through these questions, you will be able to identify if there are any areas in your life where you feel insecure or unsafe and if there are any behaviours which could be indicative of an unbalanced Root Chakra.
Signs of imbalanced Root Chakra
To prevent a blocked Root Chakra, you need to pay attention to your emotions and behaviour so you can quickly identify when you may require Root Chakra healing.
Emotional signs an imbalanced Root Chakra include:
- Obsession with money - you feel that you never have enough
- Obsession with work - you always feeling stressed and like you need to do more
- Negativity, pessimism, and anxiety
- Never feeling good enough
- Feeling disconnected and cut off from everyone around you
- Paranoia and feeling like you can’t trust anyone around you
- Restlessness, poor focus, and indecisiveness
- Anger, resentment, and depression
Physical manifestations of an imbalanced Root Chakra include:
- Weight gain or weight loss from unhealthy habits around food such as bingeing
- Physical pain in the lower body, including the lower back, base of the spine and legs
- Difficulty sleeping
- Issues with your digestion
- Fatigue and lack of energy
Signs of a balanced Sacral Chakra
A balanced Root chakra means that we feel connected to the world around us and able to care for ourselves and those around us. From this place of stability, we can build confidence in ourselves and our choices, and meet life’s challenges head on.
A healthy flow of energy from the Root Chakra results in feelings of empowerment and security - the basis on which every other chakra is built.
How to heal your Root Chakra
There are many different Root Chakra healing methods. Here are some of the key techniques which can be very effective.
The first step towards healing is acknowledging that your soul, mind, and body require your help and support.
Analyse your relationships and experiences, both past and present, to identify any issues that could be causing you feelings of anxiety or fear. You can then work through these experiences with the help of a trusted friend or therapist if helpful. Journaling can also be a powerful method of self-analysis.
Yoga can be a great way to connect with your mind and body, and release unwanted tension.
Poses which are focused on your back and pelvic region are particularly beneficial for healing your Root Chakra. These include the Mountain Pose, Tree Pose, Squat Pose, Warrior Pose, Goddess Pose, and Child Pose.
Spend time in nature
Walking outdoors (known as earthing) is a great way to ground ourselves and reconnect with the natural world. This works particularly well if you walk barefoot on grass or sand if you live near the beach.
If you enjoy meditation, why not try walking meditation so you can benefit from nature as you practice. During the summer you could also try outdoor yoga.
You may find that self-affirmations can help focus your mind on working through emotions and challenging negative thought patterns. Self-affirmations can be spoken out loud at any time of the day, or you might choose to repeat them silently to yourself during meditation.
These affirmations work particularly well for the Root Chakra, but you can always come up with your own:
- I am secure
- I am fearless
- I belong exactly where I am
- With every breath, I release the anxiety and fear within me
- I am safe in my body
- I can always take care of myself
- I love my body and trust its wisdom
- I am comfortable being in the present moment
By repeating these statements, you can establish new thought patterns and challenge our mental habits.
Meditation is a powerful way to calm your mind and help you connect to your inner self. There are many different ways to meditate, but generally it is recommended that you:
- Choose a peaceful spot where you won’t be distracted or interrupted
- Get comfortable. You can sit on a chair, sit on a cushion on the floor or lie down - just try to make sure you have good posture
- Close your eyes and begin to follow your breathing
- Begin by focussing on your Root Chakra and the emotions you want to resolve
- With each breath, imagine a wheel turning and expanding as you release and expand the energy within your Root Chakra
You can empower your meditation practice further by using aromatherapy, chakra candles and healing crystals to help you focus on your Root Chakra.
Sandalwood, cypress, cedar, rosewood, patchouli, clove, black pepper, and ginger are all scents which are known to help us connect with our Root Chakra. Burning a candle with one of these scents, or using aromatherapy oils while you practice can be very effective.
Crystals are another useful tool to help you connect with your Root Chakra. You can use them in various ways, including storing them at home, wearing them as jewelry, or placing them on your body as you meditate. Red jasper, hematite, smokey quartz, carnelian, garnet and black tourmaline are all used in Root Chakra healing practices.
Every chakra is connected to a distinct sound, also known as a bija or seed mantra. Sound causes vibrations in the body, and these vibrations help with the flow of energies in the body.
The bija mantra associated with the Root Chakra is “Lam”. By chanting “Lam” repeatedly, the vibration caused is said to activate the Root Chakra energy center. You can also listen to Root Chakra healing music to create these vibrations without chanting.
A balanced Root Chakra is the root of a healthy chakra system and the basis for wellbeing. It is common for it to become blocked or unbalanced however, particularly during anxious and stressful periods of our lives.
Using the Root Chakra healing techniques in this article you can activate your Root Chakra and regain a sense of stability and grounding. Whatever technique you choose, make sure you are patient with yourself. Healing an imbalanced chakra can take time and be most effective when it involves both emotional and physical healing practices.
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