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. The root chakra is connected to the grounding and nurturing energy of the Earth. This power center is also referred to as the Base Chakra, First Chakra or Muladhara by its Sanskrit name.

Root Chakra Symbol, Color and Meaning
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Balance your Root Chakra while you browse this page:

Root Chakra Binaural Beats

Binaural beats are frequencies used for achieving different states of consciousness. The frequency of root chakra is 256Hz, which in this case is used as the 'carrier frequency.'

Based on your selection of 'Binaural Beat Frequency,' you can decide what state of consciousness you want to stimulate.

To achieve best effects of binaural beats, you need to use the headphones. Listening without headphones is also possible (set the 'Binaural Beat Frequency' slider to zero).

Root Chakra Frequency Binaural Beats Generator

Carrier Tone Frequency: 256 Hz = 1st Chakra Frequency

Binaural Beat Frequency: 18 Hz

Volume: 25

Binaural Beats Presets

Each preset will stimulate a particular state of mind:

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

Root Chakra Music

You can combine binaural beats for root chakra balancing with a musical background which stimulates the base chakra energy flow.

African rhythmic music has grounding effects and connects us with the energies of the earth. You can listen to my African music playlist while browsing through the page.

Just click the play button in the video below.

If you use the track in combination with a binaural beat generator, you should adjust the volume so that the binaural beat tone is just slightly audible over the musical soundtrack, in a way you can almost not hear it.

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

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 even aware that such psychological and physical problems can originate from imbalanced root chakra and they simply take them for granted.

If the source of the problem stems from blockage of the root chakra, you can easily fix them by bringing your Muladhara chakra into balance.

By balancing your root energy center, you will gain stability and develop a positive attitude towards life.

If the first chakra is not balanced, other higher energy centers will not function properly as well.

Root Chakra Symbol

Red Root Chakra Symbol overexposed over Symbol of Flower of Life.
Symbol of the Root Chakra (overexposed over the symbol of 'Flower of Life'). In Hinduism, the Muladhara chakra is depicted with four petals and a square, which symbolizes earth. This chakra’s color is a deep vermilion red, which radiates through the energy vortex and represents life energy, power, and passion.

In the contemporary world, over 70% of people have problems with their base chakra and are not even aware of it. Once it is balanced it can be a true life changer!

Root Chakra Meaning: Properties and Effects of Muladhara

The root chakra is at the base and the root of the entire chakra system.

According to yogic systems, this is the seat of Kundalini energy and the point where the energy enters the body.

If the base chakra is firm, life energy can flow unencumbered through all the energy channels and stimulate personal and physical development.

If the first chakra is imbalanced, it is blocking the energy flow to all other vitality channels.

Muladhara is tied to the core life elements such as trust and the ability to relax. Imbalanced or poorly functioning root chakra results in extreme ego-centrism or fear of life.

Stability of a firm base is vital for health and 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, and survival.

The first chakra is very important because it supplies life energy to the body, soul, and spirit. It preserves and replenishes life and is as such tied to the survival instinct and the conservation of the species.

Root chakra functions as an anchor that grounds you and gives you much-needed stability, which is necessary for everyday life, especially in situations when you are exploring your spirituality.

Root Chakra Animal: Elephant standing in front of orange sunset sky.
An elephant is an animal symbol of the root chakra. It symbolizes prosperity, security, soundness, abundance, and inner strength, which are the core elements of this energy center. The other two symbolic animals of this chakra are bull and ox, both denoting similar properties.

Root Chakra Imbalance: The Impact on Your Physical Health

This energy center is located in your pelvic area. It supplies life energy to your colon, bones, legs, and feet.

The health of your first chakra reflects 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). Additionally, as the base of structure and stability, the root chakra 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 this chakra are the adrenal glands, located above the kidneys.

Adrenal glands are responsible for excreting cortisone, adrenaline, and noradrenaline that regulate some major body functions, such as metabolism and the immune system. These are also the hormones that keep us alert and capable of acting 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 on the energy level must start from a stable and firm base center - that is a well-balanced first chakra.


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,

you need to take a closer look at how you can activate and balance your root chakra.

Open Root Chakra: Signs of Healthy First Chakra

Open and balanced root 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 character. 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 an energy-filled and open first chakra.

Family with Healthy First Chakra

Muladhara Chakra: Psychological and Spiritual Aspects

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

The base chakra is associated with emoting that is forceful but not long lasting. Imbalances at this level 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.

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. If you have problems realizing your ideas, it might be that your first chakra is out of balance.

An 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.

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

The healthy and balanced root chakra is an essential foundation for any advanced spiritual work.

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


Psychological Manifestations of Root Chakra Imbalance

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,
  • are insecure about your decisions,
  • feel worried about your finances,
  • have a negative body image,

it might be that your root chakra is inactive or imbalanced.

Root Chakra Opening Symptoms

Symptoms which accompany the opening of your root chakra can often be felt on a physical level. As your chakra is clearing, there is an intensified energy flow through it. This increased energy can manifest in the form of physical sensations.

Some of the more apparent physical symptoms are a feeling of warmth or pulsating energy in your pelvic area. This reaction can extend throughout your feet and upwards to the region of the lower abdomen.

Another symptom of the opening of the root chakra can be felt as intense energy flowing in your sexual organs. Because there is an increased flow of energy through the base chakra, also the energy pressure on the second chakra is raised. The second chakra is associated with sexuality and sensual pleasure. Therefore a strong sexual desire can be felt.

If your goal is to progress with spiritual work and bring this energy to higher chakras, it is important to restrain yourself from physically releasing this built up energy. Instead, you can try to bring the power to higher chakras with the help of breathing and visualization, or relax and let it settle down or fade off.

Accompanying a great release of energy or a blockage removal, it is not uncommon to feel the symptom of root chakra opening as a pain in or around your pelvic area. Usually, such pain fades off in a few days, and after that, the progress with further energy work will be much easier, since obstructing blockage will be removed.

Even though the symptoms can sometimes be unpleasant, however rarely, there are significant benefits later. These can be felt on physical as well as psychological, emotional and mental level.

The Benefits of Balancing Your Root Chakra

If you put in the effort and work on your Muladhara, you will benefit from a better connection with the fertile earth, which is the conveyor 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.

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 the will to move and act.

As a person with a well-balanced root center, 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 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 success as well. It also relates to the ability to assess situations practically, so a person does not waste energy or resources in vain.

Portrait of Beautiful Young Woman with Blonde Hair.
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.

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 thr 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: 256 Hz

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.

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.

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Root Chakra Healing: 8 Techniques for Opening the First Chakra

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


Root Chakra Healing and Balancing Techniques:

  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 energy center. If you practice regularly and maintain discipline, 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 everyday 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

  • 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 breathe 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. Imagine your whole lower abdomen glowing in the 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.