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Root Chakra Meaning and 13 Ways to Balance your First Chakra

The Root Chakra serves to draw energy from natural sources and helps transform it into life energy. Root Chakra is also refereed to as the 'Base Chakra', 'First Chakra' or 'Muladhara' (Sanskrit name).

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African rhythmic music stimulates and balances the first chakra. You can listen to my Root Chakra playlist while browsing through the page. Just click play button in the video.

For meditation you can also add root chakra binaural beats to the musical background (click PLAY/STOP button). Adjust the volume of binaural beat so it is just slightly audible.

If you use binaural beats, you need to use the headphones for proper effect.

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Carrier Frequency: 256 Hz = Root Chakra Frequency

Binaural Beat Frequency: 10 Hz

Volume: 25

Binaural Beats Presets

There are several states of consciousness to work in - depending on the choice of binaural beat frequency (click the desired button above for the following effects):

Beta Brainwaves - Awake and alert
Alpha Brainwaves - Relaxed and daydreaming
Theta Brainwaves - Meditational state
Delta Brainwaves - Deep meditation or sleep
 

Why You Need to Balance Your Root Chakra?

If your base chakra is imbalanced, you are likely to face some of the following problems:

  • lack of energy
  • no motivation
  • fears and worries
  • negative self image
  • digestion problems
  • circulation problems

 

Most people are not aware that such problems can originate from imbalanced root chakra and they simply take them for granted.

Such and similar problems can be easily fixed by bringing your base chakra into balance. By balancing your root chakra you will gain stability and develop positive attitude towards life.

Red Root Chakra Symbol overexposed over Symbol of Flower of Life.

Root Chakra Symbol

Symbol of Root Chakra (overexposed over the symbol of 'Flower of Life'). In Hinduism the Muladhara chakra is represented with four petals and a square, which symbolizes earth.
 
Root chakra’s color is a deep vermilion red, which radiates through the chakra and depicts life energy, power, and passion.
  • Did you know:

In contemporary world over 90% of people have problems with their root chakra and are not even aware of it - once the chakra is balanced it is a true life changer!

The Meaning of Root Chakra

The root chakra is at the base and the root of the entire chakra system. According to yogic systems the base chakra is the seat of kundalini energy and the point where this energy enters the body. If the base is firm, life energy can flow unencumbered through all the chakras and stimulate personal and physical development.

Muladhara is tied to the basic life elements such as trust and the ability to relax. Imbalanced or poorly functioning root chakra results in excessive egocentrism or in the debilitating fear of life.

Stability of a firm base is vital for life to thrive, especially in a modern world where equilibrium, structure, and order are often hard to find.

Base chakra reflects in areas such as:

  • security
  • stability
  • survival

 

The first chakra is very important because it supplies life energy to the body, soul and spirit.

Root chakra preserves and replenishes life and is as such tied to the survival instinct and the conservation of the species.

The root chakra functions as an anchor that grounds you and gives you much needed stability, which is necessary even in situations when one is exploring their spirituality.

Root Chakra Animal: Elephant standing in front of orange sunset sky.
Elephant, as an animal symbol of the base chakra, symbolizes prosperity, security, soundness, abundance, and inner strength, which are the core elements of the root chakra.The other two animals often linked to root chakra are bull and ox. Both are representing power, strength and stability.

The Impact of the First Chakra on Your Health

The root chakra is located in your pelvic area. It provides life energy to your colon, bones, legs, and feet. The health of your base chakra reflects in the health of your bones and teeth, in the functioning of your colon and the frequency of your bowel movements, it can also affect the lower nervous system (sciatica). The root chakra, as the base of structure and stability, relates to the skeletal structure of your body.

First Chakra Health Problems: Woman having pain in her lower abdomen area.
A conscious effort to develop your root chakra will make you less susceptible to colon diseases, constipation, and diarrhea.

The glands associated with the root chakra are the adrenal glands, located above the kidneys. Adrenal glands are responsible for excreting cortisone, adrenaline, and noradrenaline that regulate a number of major body functions, such as metabolism and the immune system. These are also the hormones that keep us alert and capable to act in stressful situations.

Performing root chakra exercises can alleviate problems with your lower back, osteoporosis and various other bone diseases.

The treatment of all these issues, ailments, and diseases must start from a stable and firm base center that is a well balanced first chakra.

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Physical Manifestations of Imbalanced Base Chakra

If you:

  • have difficulties with physical coordination,
  • have problems with movement,
  • do not move enough,
  • often lack energy,
  • feel fatigued and drained from everyday exertions,
  • have cold hands and feet (problems with circulation),
  • frequently have diarrhea, bouts of constipation, or other intestinal issues,

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Signs of a Healthy First Chakra

Healthy and balanced base chakra enables you to stand firmly, with both feet on the ground, and to develop a personality that knows no insecurity. In fact, it is the very foundation of your personality. It helps you to feel safe and secure in your life and the world around you.

  • Material security,
  • the right choice of career,
  • a safe home,
  • and functioning personal relationships

are clear signs of a healthy and energy-filled first chakra.

Family with Healthy First Chakra

Muladhara Chakra and Spiritual Development

Any blockage in the base chakra area can negatively impact the health of your connection with the Earth and the natural laws.

Technology is ever more pervasive in our environment and it makes us lose the connection with our natural source. We can quickly become dissociated from reality and we need to acquire ever more material possessions to be happy. But the happiness we chase keeps eluding us because we keep using the wrong tools to pursue it.

Lack of energy, weakened sexual drive, insecurities, and lack of trust are just a few of the consequences of a weakened Muladhara.

Exaggerated struggle for survival, avarice, penny-pinching, excessive materialism, and unhealthy egocentrism signal a serious dysfunction of your natural base.

If you find you have problems concentrating, you feel adrift and in need of a safe haven, it might be that upon examining the state of your first chakra you will find it to be out of balance.

  • Why it is important:

Getting in touch with your Muladhara chakra helps you adjust your focus and re-establish the true values that stem from being one with the creation around us.

Healthy and balanced root chakra is the most important foundation for any kind of advanced spiritual work.

Hindu Yogi: Sadhu sitting calmly and gazing into distance.
Hindu Yogis and Sadhus maintain strong discipline and dedicate their lives to spiritual development. Clear energy flow throughout complete chakra system enables them to develop 'mystical' powers such as astral projection, telepathy and clairvoyance.

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Psychological Manifestations of Imbalanced Base Chakra

If you:

  • are afraid of the future,
  • lack the trust that all will be well,
  • often feel hopeless and drained,
  • feel like you are losing your ground,
  • feel worried about you finances,
  • have a negative body image,

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The Benefits of an Active and Well Balanced Base Chakra

The base chakra is associated with emoting that is forceful but not long lasting. Imbalances of the first chakra can manifest in exaggerated behaviors guided mostly by emotions and little to no reason. Many fearful responses, self-centered, or aggressive behavioral patterns can be traced back to root chakra problems.

If you put in the effort and work on your base chakra, you will benefit from a better connection with the fertile earth, which is the conveyer of energy.

Your body image will improve, you will be more in tune with your needs, and more in control of your feelings. You will be able to live in the here and now and make the best of your resources.

If you have problems realizing your ideas it might be that your first chakra is out of balance. People with a well balanced root chakra are more likely to turn their dreams into reality since Muladhara connects us to the tangible aspects of ideas and gives us will to move, act, do.

As a person with a well balanced root chakra you will easily transcend the constant desire for substitute feelings. You will be able to establish a genuine relationship with yourself and the nature surrounding you.

By stimulating the flow through your base chakra you will develop a feeling of stability, you will become more relaxed and you will rekindle the ancient trust within you. At the same time you will alleviate the developmental obstacles standing in the way of your personal evolution such as fear and powerlessness on one side, or aggression and egocentrism on the other.

A balanced root chakra equals energy, drive, confidence, and boldness which are the qualities essential not only for survival but for success as well. It also relates to the ability to practically asses situations so a person does not waste energy or resources in vain.

What you need to do is decide and take the first steps on the journey towards regaining your focus and meaning lost in the aimless meanderings of modernity.

Portrait of Beautiful Young Woman with Blonde Hair.

8 Techniques to Activate and Balance Your Root Chakra

Frequent meditation on the fertile, life-preserving energy of the Earth can go a long way towards balancing your first chakra. This will help you find equilibrium in your outlook on life, you will regain the ancient trust and you will become more relaxed in general. By balancing your root chakra you will develop a healthy foundation to base your life on.

Woman in Red Dress sitting on Green Grass stretching out Hands and catching the falling Rose Petals.

HOW TO HEAL YOUR ROOT CHAKRA?

Things you can do today to heal your root chakra:

  1. become more physically active, take up a sports activity, and make sure you move enough,
  2. pay conscious attention to your legs and feet, go for a walk or even a hike, and make yourself a detoxifying foot bath,
  3. seek connection to the earth, spend more time in nature, take up gardening if you can,
  4. take time for a foot massage every day,
  5. introduce more protein into your diet
  6. wear red clothes and use red fabric around your apartment (tablecloths, throw pillows, appliances, flower arrangements…)
  7. listen to African music and attempt to drum to the beat.
  8. relax and slowly repeat the following root chakra affirmations every day, especially before going to bed, at least ten times:
    - I always listen to the demands of my body,
    - I consciously feel my body whether I am standing, sitting, or lying down
    - I trust in the forces of nature and I release myself to the powers of the earth

5 Root Chakra Exercises: Pranayama, Yoga Poses, Mudra and Meditation

These simple exercises, if performed only a few times per week, can go a long way in balancing your root chakra. If regular practice and discipline is maintained, the results will be reflected in a few weeks time. Once you integrate some of these exercises into your daily schedule, the practice will help you maintain stability in your every day tasks and confrontations with other people.

1. Pranayama Breathing Exercise

Relax, shake your extremities – start with the legs, then proceed with the arms.

Sit on the floor in an upright position and do the following breathing exercise: bend the index and middle fingers of your right hand and take a deep breath, use your thumb to close your right nostril, inhale and exhale through your left nostril.

Release your right nostril and use the ring and pinky fingers to close your left nostril.

Inhale and exhale through your right nostril.

Repeat this breathing exercise for a few minutes.

Breathing should be inaudible, smooth and deep.

Closeup of a Woman Face practicing Pranayama Brathing.
Base Chakra Exercise - Pranayama Breathing

2. Base Chakra Yoga Pose: Cat and Cow

Kneel down on all fours and repeat the “cat/cow” pose several times.

Begin with the “cow” pose. Draw your belly towards the floor while lifting up your chest and chin.

Transition into “cat” pose by arching your back towards the ceiling while exhaling and letting your head hang down.

Transition back into “cow” pose while inhaling. Repeat the process.

Woman on Bed assuming the Yoga Cow Pose
Chakra Balancing Exercise - Cow Yoga Pose
Woman on Bed assuming the Yoga Cat Pose
Chakra Balancing Exercise - Cat Yoga Pose

3. Root Chakra Yoga Pose: The Crow

Assume the “Crow” pose.

Stand astride, turn your toes slightly outwards and carefully lower yourself into a squatting position. Make sure to keep your spine straight. Rest your arms against your knees and try to keep your feet completely on the floor. Be careful not to stretch too much. In the beginning you should strive to align your backside with your knees. Keep this position for seven inhales and exhales.

At each inhale draw your sphincter slightly upwards and relax a bit with every exhale.

Slowly return to a standing position.

Root Chakra Yoga Pose: Woman assuming Yoga Crow Position
Root Chakra Yoga Pose: Crow

4. Base Chakra Mudra: Dhyana Mudra

Dhyana Mudra: Sit on the floor, cross your shins, widen your knees and position each foot under an opposite knee. Place your hands on the knees, palms facing up.

Form a circle with your thumbs and index fingers. Relax and breath deeply through the nose.

With each exhale repeat the mantra “lam”.

Finish with a couple of deep breaths through the nose. Repeat everything seven times while focusing on your root chakra.
 

Root Chakra Mudra: Hand in Dhyana Mudra Pose
Dhyana Mudra Hand Pose
Yoga Sitting Pose: Woman sitting in Yoga Lotus Pose holding Hands in Dhyana Mudra Pose.
Base Chakra Exercise - Dhyana Mudra

5. Root Chakra Meditation

Meditational harmonization of your root chakra: lie down on your back and close your eyes. Relax and feel the earth carry you.

Position your palms on the lower abdomen, near the groin area. Your thumbs should be aligned with your pelvic bone while the rest of the fingers should face down, towards the toes.

With each inhale imagine you are drawing in life’s energy. Breathe out deeply and focus on the energy flowing into your base chakra.

Imagine a warm red current of light flowing from your hands to your lower abdomen. Visualize your whole lower abdomen glowing in red light. Keep visualizing this image until you inhale and exhale seven times.

Finish by placing your arms on the floor, parallel with your body, and enjoy the lingering calming effects of the meditation.

Root Chakra Meditation: Woman in Red Dress lying in the Field of Yellow Flowering Dandelions.
Root Chakra Meditation: Lying in The Field

First Chakra Meaning and Aspects:

Root Chakra Location

Location in the body: at the base of the spine, near the coccyx, in the pelvic area between the perineum and the anus

Common names: Root Chakra, First Chakra, Base Chakra, Muladhara, Foundational Center

Name meaning: Muladhara comes from Sanskrit and translates to root, support, or pillar

Corresponding gland: adrenal glands

Adrenal Glands shown on Back of 3d Render of a Man.
Adrenal Glands are endocrine glands which are responsible for production of several hormones including adrenaline, aldosterone and cortisol, which regulate a number important biological functions.

Color: red

Mantra: LAM

Number of petals: four petals, each containing one of the following Sanskrit syllables वं vaṃ, शं śaṃ, षं ṣaṃ, and सं saṃ

Corresponding deities: Brahma, Dakini

Statue of Hindu God Brahma
Hindu God Brahma is known as the god of creation and alongside Vishnu and Shiva forms a Hindu Trimurti - a trinity of highest level Hindu gods.

Animal Symbols: elephant, bull, ox

Element: earth

Symbol: square

Sound: U

Frequency:

Corresponding sense: smell

Corresponding natural phenomena: dawn, dusk, red earth, fire

Planet: Mercury

Planet Mercury
Mercury is the planet closest to our Sun and the smallest planet in our solar system. It mostly consists of metal and silicate materials. One Mercury year lasts around 88 Earth days, which is the time needed for Mercury to complete one orbit around the Sun.

Main themes: survival, earthiness, stability, ancient trust, material safety

Affected body parts: colon, rectum, pelvis, bones, legs, feet

Positive spiritual aspects: development of life energy, source of life power, will for life, self-preservation, persistence, endurance, rhythm, connection with earth and nature, ancient trust, astuteness, sustaining life

Negative spiritual aspects: instinct, existential dread, self-absorbedness, narcissism, slowness, laziness

Physical signs pointing to an abnormal functioning of the Root Chakra: colon ailments, frequent constipation, hemorrhoids, sciatica, lower back pain, kidney and bladder problems, prostate issues, bone diseases, anemia, fluctuating blood pressure.

Mental issues pointing to an abnormal functioning of the Root Chakra: fear, powerlessness, depression, lack of trust, searching for sanctuary and becoming attached to people who project a sense of security.

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