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
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
Animal Symbols: elephant, bull, ox
Frequency: 256 Hz
Corresponding sense: smell
Corresponding natural phenomena: dawn, dusk, red earth, fire
Key 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.