Muladhara or Root Chakra Health
Updated: Aug 21, 2018
The chakras are energy centers in the body which are associated with various emotions, elements, and needs. The Muladhara Chakra (Mula meaning "root" and adhara meaning "support" or "base") is the first in the series of seven major chakras, but there are 114 chakras in the human body.
The Muladhara or Root Chakra is associated with feelings of safety, self-confidence, and grounding. It is the basis from which the other chakras expand. Located at the base of the spine, this chakra is linked to the perineum, first three vertebrae, and the pelvis.
When the Root Chakra is balanced, we feel physically safe, that our basic needs for food, shelter, etc. are met. A balanced Muladhara also brings feelings of emotional stability and well-being, including a confidence that one is supported and loved.
An imbalance of this first chakra can result in feelings of loneliness, insecurity, anger, and negativity. Disordered eating, anxiety, and nightmares are other manifestations of an imbalanced Muladhara. Physically, problems with elimination, low back pain, leg and/or foot issues can all be caused by a Root Chakra that is out of balance or blocked. Conversely, feelings of greed and a need for control can be a result of an over-active Root Chakra.
Balancing our base chakra can begin with simple practices such as wearing red, the color associated with this energy center. Connecting with the earth, which is the element associated with the Muladhara, is often helpful. Carrying or wearing garnet, red jasper, or black tourmaline is also helpful, as these gems activate the chakra. Chanting the mantra LAM (sounds like the first syllable in llama) is another simple tool to bring this chakra into balance.
Foot massage with essential oils is a lovely treat to bring balance to your Root Chakra. Frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, vetiver, ylang ylang, sandalwood, or cedarwood are all great options. Use a few drops of essential oil in a carrier oil such as grapeseed or fractionated coconut oil and massage onto the bottoms of your feet.
Yoga and meditation are other healing practices. Meditating with the mantra LAM or "I am here now" (inhale "I am", exhale "here now") is a great morning practice to start your day grounded. Janu Sirsasana (head to knee pose), Malasana (yogic squat), or Padmasana (lotus position) are all great yoga poses that focus on the seat of the Muladhara Chakra. Employing Mulabandha or root lock also brings balance to the base chakra. This involves a "lifting up" of the pelvic floor, much like Kegel exercises.
Taking care of our own basic needs for food and financial security, walking barefoot outside, and beginning a physical exercise program are other options for healing the Muladhara Chakra. Facing financial hardships or a lack of physical exercise head-on can be overwhelming, but also empowering. Once the Root Chakra is in balance we can work up the body into the higher chakras. Namaste.