The root to it all – Muladhara

Muladhara – What is it?

The root chakra.
The word Muladhara breaks down into two Sanskrit words: Mula meaning “root” and Adhara, which means “support” or “base.” Other names for this chakra are Base, First, Red, Coccygeal, Coccyx Chakra

The Root chakra is the foundation of the chakra system located at the base of the spine and groin area, this is the animal or base nature. It is the most physical of our chakras  Safety, security and stability are important keywords for a healthy base chakra as without these you do not have the feeling of belonging in your physical reality and tend to live in a world of illusions and poor feelings.

The lesson of this chakra is self-preservation; we have a right to be here.

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.
Emotional imbalances include feelings affecting our basic survival needs: money, shelter and food; ability to provide for life’s necessities.
When this chakra is balance, you feel supported, a sense of connection and safety to the physical world, and grounded.

Opening and healing your root chakra

  • Going for a walk and getting outside is one of the best methods in opening your root chakra. Especially if your are barefoot feel the ground beneath your feet, then sit down and feel mother nature pulling on the base of your spine towards the core of the earth and think red. The root chakra is related to the color red so envisioning  a red flame glowing brightly at the base of your spine can help clear the root chakra. You can start with a meditation visualizing the red flame at the base of your tailbone and picture the light extending down to your legs and feet and grounding you to the earth.
  • Eat Red Fruit, Vegetables and anything naturally red in color. As mentioned in my previous post “wheel’s to the infinite you.” Eating naturally red food’s, which is the color of the root chakra will give your root chakra an instant boost.
  • Wear Red Clothing. If  you wear red this also give’s your root chakra a boost, this is also the same if you sleep in red bedding or in a red painted room etc
  • Dance. Dancing is one of the best way to open and heal your root chakra. The spontaneous movements that emerge while dancing the base chakra tend to draw inspiration from tribal dancing, as found in the indigenous cultures of Africa, Australia and North America. These tribal dances are linked to the issues of the base, including our roots, survival and grounding.
  • Do yoga. Many yoga postures are designed to cleanse this chakra.
  • surround yourself with pleasing, earthy smells, such as essential oils of cedar, clove, or patchouli.
  • Repeat positive affirmations.
  • Crystals




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