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Root Chakra

The Root chakra is the first of the seven main chakras, representing earth and grounding. In Sanskrit, the root chakra is called the Mūlādhāra Chakra,

Origins of the Root Chakra

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The Root chakra is the first of the seven main chakras, representing earth and grounding. In Sanskrit, the root chakra is called the Mūlādhāra Chakra, which translates to two Sanskrit words - mula meaning root, and adhara meaning support or base. Following the root chakra, the sacral chakra, solar plexus chakra, heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye chakra and crown chakra are all part of the chakra energy system. Chakra is defined as a spinning wheel of energy that runs up the spine to the top of the head. Concepts of the 7 chakras came to the Western world in the 1880s from tantric yoga traditions. Continue reading to learn the functions and importance of the root chakra.

 

Functions of the Root Chakra

The root chakra performs as the root of the body, supporting our connection to the earth around us. A healthy and active root chakra supports physical and mental health and helps us feel secure and safe during our journey on earth.

Kundalini energy lies dormant at the base of the spine where the root chakra is located until it is awakened through wellness practices including meditation, asanas, pranayama and prayer. When energy flows through the first chakra, you will feel grounded in yourself and the physical world, increasing confidence. Moreover, the other seven energy centers will have a base to go off of for further development.

Blocked chakra energy can negatively impact health in the physical body and mental state. Misalignment may result in the following symptoms.

 

Physical symptoms:

  • Weight gain
  • Incontinence
  • Weight loss
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic pain

Mental symptoms:

Here is where chakra meditation can help.

Other symptoms of the physical imbalance include problems in the colon, bladder, prostate, leg, lower back, or feet tissue. Additionally, you may experience issues with confidence leading to eating disorders.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have a blocked root chakra. Try practicing some of our recommended exercises for root chakra healing, allowing life energy to flow freely through the body.


 

How to Open the Root Chakra

A balanced root chakra creates a foundation for each of the higher chakras. A healthy root chakra supports steady energy through the body, supporting our connection to our surroundings and the earth. This sense of calmness and control can help us focus on our personal growth, increasing our quality of life. Here are some of the ways you can balance your root chakra:

Yoga asana: Both kundalini yoga and hatha yoga practice effectively awaken your first chakra through activating the energy centers. Additionally, several asanas help open the Muladhara chakra. Here are three effective yoga poses that will get life force energy flowing through the base chakra:

  • Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana): Begin by standing tall with your feet together. Slightly bend your knees and reach forward into a forward fold. Place your hands on the ground or behind your legs. Hold the stretch for several breaths and recover.
  • Garland Pose (Malasana): Begin standing with your feet mat-width apart. Exhale as you squat down and use your elbows to push your knees back. Bring your torso slightly forward, lengthen your back and keep your weight on your heels. Hold this for five or more breaths.
  • Easy Pose (Sukhasana): Sit comfortably in a cross-legged position. Rest your hands on your lap or in prayer - whatever makes you feel more grounded. As you inhale, visualize your spine growing longer, and as you exhale, ground yourself through your seat. Repeat as necessary.

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Pranayama: Pranayama guides life force energy through the physical body. This is effective in root chakra healing and purifying the energy field. Here are two efficient exercises you can practice:

  • Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana): This pranayama helps balance the mind, body and soul by breathing through the individual nasal passages. Begin by sitting cross-legged. Place one hand on your knee and exhale completely. Use your other hand to shut your right nostril and inhale deeply with the other. Close your left nostril with your spare fingers and open the right. Exhale completely. Inhale through the right nostril, then exhale completely through the left. Repeat this cycle ten times.
  • Cooling Breathing (Sitali Pranayama): Also known as taco breath, this pranayama is excellent for cooling the physical body during the summer heat, hot flashes or other high-temperature situations. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. When ready, open your mouth in an "O" shape. Curl the tongue lengthwise and stick it slightly out of your mouth. Inhale through the mouth as if you are drinking from a straw. Focus on the cooling sensation and continue the exercise for 2-3 minutes.

Meditation: The practice of meditation serves to ground you. It can connect you to your higher self and a higher power. Whether this is mother nature, god, or consciousness, connecting to a higher spiritual plane of universal energy provides us with peace and stability. Here are two suitable meditation techniques [LINK] you can practice:

  • Body Scan Meditation: Begin by lying on your back in a comfortable position. Take a few deep breaths into your belly and relax your body. Begin the scan by bringing awareness to your feet and taking notice of any physical sensations that may arise. Rather than fighting the pain, breathe through it. Breathe into any tension or pain and visualize it leaving your body. Gradually work your way up through all of your body parts until you have scanned your entire body.
  • Focused Meditation: Begin by choosing a target for your focus, such as your breath. Sit quietly in a comfortable position, relax your body, and begin taking deep breaths into your belly. Shift your attention to your focused target. If you have chosen to focus on your breathing, for example, pay attention to the external and internal sensations you feel as you inhale and exhale.

Additional ways to open your root chakra include chanting, burning Muladhara incense and essential oils, and reconnecting with the earth. Walk barefoot on natures' floor and feel grounded as spiritual energies flow up the legs and through the spinal cord. These exercises support root chakra development so you can feel connected to your surroundings as you go through life.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do you use root chakra stones?

There are several ways you can use specific stones for root chakra healing. Some rocks that help bring balance to the Muladhara include bloodstone, tiger's eye, smokey quartz, moss agate, black onyx, red jasper, carnelian, garnet, black obsidian, hematite, and black tourmaline. Here are some ways you can incorporate root chakra stones for healing into your life:

  • Meditation: Hold your chosen stone in your hands or on your root chakra. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and begin meditating.
  • In your home: Decorate your living space with root chakra stones to fill the room with balancing root chakra energy.
  • Jewelry: You can wear stones as a necklace, bracelet, or other types of jewelry. You can make your own necklace by wrapping a rock in a wire.
  • Keep them with you: Keeping a stone that resonates with you in your pocket or purse can allow you to carry the energy with you throughout your day.

Where is the root chakra of the earth?

The root chakra of the earth is believed to be located on Mount Shasta in Northern California. It is one of the highest peaks in the Cascade Range, known for its spiritual presence and beauty. Historically, Native American tribes have viewed the volcano as the creator's birthplace or the center of the universe.

 

What happens when the root chakra is overactive?

The symptoms of an overactive root chakra are very similar to blocked Muladhara energy. An overactive root chakra may affect an individual’s well-being. Mental signs of root chakra imbalance include feelings of panic, anxiety, and fear. People also commonly experience low self-esteem, panic attacks, and develop an eating disorder.

 

What does root chakra opening feel like?

When the root chakra opens and energy is flowing, individuals will feel safe, comfortable and confident. Symptoms of the chakra opening include feeling grounded, connected and secure. You may notice tingling, heating, healthy changes in eating habits and changes in sleeping (either negatively or positively).

 

Why is my root chakra tingling?

It is normal for people to feel tingling sensations or warming in the chakra that they are activating. It is a sign that the root chakra is opening and flowing. Common places you may feel these sensations during root chakra healing include the palms of your hands, the bottom of your feet, and the pelvic floor.

 

Why does my root chakra hurt?

Pain in the pelvic area is often a sign that the root chakra is not in alignment. Review our section on how to open your root chakra to learn how you can fix this.

 

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