Muladhara, the root chakra or the first chakra, is the chakra closest to the earth of all seven main chakras. It connects us to the physical world, it grounds us and gives us confidence and a sense of safety and security here on earth.
Located at the base of our spine, it is the one closest to matter and balancing it is the beginning to balancing all other chakras.
The root chakra manages our connection to others and stability in our lives, our needs for food, water, shelter and how this reflects in our own perception of self. Our self confidence and energy in how we face basic survival challenges depends on how properly balanced our root chakra is.
Symptoms of an imbalanced root chakra
When your first chakra isn’t properly balanced, aligned or attuned, you may experience fears, nightmares, fight or flight disorders, recklessness and mistrust.
Physical symptoms may include prostate problems, aches in the legs and feet, colon and bladder issues, weight loss or gain as well as eating disorders, diarrhea, fatigue, lack of sleep or excess of.
Overconfidence, aggression, mistrust, impulsive behaviours and control issues also originate from an imbalanced first chakra, as well as their counterparts if the chakra is underactive.
If you think your first chakra might be blocked or needs balancing, ask yourself:
Do you often lose control?
Do you sometimes live in fear or feel unsafe?
Do you believe you often make healthy decisions for yourself and others that depend on you?
Do you feel you have no control over your life?
Do you have difficulty trusting others?
Think about these questions and you will know if your root chakra isn’t properly aligned and energised.
How to balance the root chakra
There are several ways one can work on the root chakra. We recommend Reiki or similar therapies, but if you don’t have access to it, there are things you can do at home that will help:
Meditate while focusing on your root chakra. Try to sense it, be aware of your worries and problems and let them go slowly. Try focusing on the tip of your nose as well, as the sense of smell is also connected to the root chakra. Try to envision the colour red at the location of the first chakra
Eat foods that are grounding, such as root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, beets, parsnips, onions, garlic); protein rich foods like eggs, beans, meat and nuts, tofu; red foods like berries, apples, peppers.
Wear red, see red (decoration, not violence!) and light red candles around the home. Use this as an accentuating colour and do not overdo it, as red is quite intense.
Belly dancing, squats, yoga, kegel exercises and any exercise around the pelvic area all help the root chakra. Try dancing, even if you think you are a terrible dancer, do it when you’re home alone. You can also sit with your feet firm on the ground or stand and bend your knees slightly, contracting your muscles and gathering strength from your legs and lower abdomen area.
Use affirmations to balance your chakra. Work on the issues that you have difficulty with. Say things like ” I can provide for myself and others ” or “I feel safe in my surroundings”.
The root chakra is very closely connected to the earth, so being around nature helps keep it attuned. Try more earthly activities like gardening or sitting under a tree while reading a book you enjoy.
Wear or keep close to you a crystal that has a vibrational frequency that resonates with the root chakra. Obsidian, black tourmaline, garnet, smoky quartz and agate are a few crystals you can use, provided they are cleansed and energized.