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Tired of Financial Insecurities and Instability Issues? Understand and Balance Your Root Chakra

Namaste, Hope you guys liked the first blog about Chakra Anatomy, this is the second blog in the series where we will try to understand the first base chakra from Chakra Anatomy. The first major chakra is called “Muladhar” or “Root” chakra. “Muladhar” is a sanskrit word, Mula meaning “root” and Adhara,  means “support” or “base”. Located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae, the root chakra is responsible for our sense of safety and security on this life journey. The Root Chakra is the first of our energy centers and forms the basis and the starting point for our development. The spinal column begins to develop from the bottom (root chakra) moving to up (crown chakra), and then organs begin to develop. The Root Chakra is associated with the physical body that includes the adrenal glands, colon, kidneys, skeleton/bones, muscles, and arterial blood that flows through the left chamber of the heart, carrying oxygen and nutrients to our body tissue. 

Root Chakra Information:

  • Physical Location: the bottom of the spine (where the tailbone is located)
  • Color: Red
  • Element: Earth
  • Associated animal: Elephant
  • Seed Mantra: Lam 
  • Yoga Mudra: Gyan Mudra
  • Symbol: Square with 4 Lotus Petals.

Root chakra is the chakra of grounding, stability, security, and basic needs. The root chakra is comprised of whatever grounds us to stability in our life. This includes our basic needs such as food, water, shelter, safety, as well as our emotional needs of interconnection, and being fearless. When these needs are met, we feel grounded and safe. The Root Chakra provides the links between our energetic system and the physical world and is our base for our life force energy. It gives us the motivation to eat, sleep, and procreate. When it comes to our psychological and spiritual nature, it helps us develop our personal integrity, self-esteem, and sense of belonging. As it is the first major chakra it is important to understand and work on it in order to live a full-fledged life where we grow joyfully each day. Our day to day life is directly affected by these chakras conditions and how life force energy flows through them. If the chakras are blocked or misaligned that means the energy may not be flowing as it should and it may result as physical, emotional, or psychological conditions.  

The Root Chakra is foundational. When all is well with the root chakra, you’ll feel secure, calm, and centered in reality. You’ll be bold enough to take new challenges and you’ll feel confident doing so. A balanced root chakra brings you the security of your survival and confidence to try new things or focus on your goals. All of this means that when the root chakra is in alignment, you’ll be at peace. Feeling stable, relaxed, and comfortable with your life. On the other hand, the root chakra can quickly become blocked or misaligned if anything in your life doesn’t feel secure. If you’re worried about a basic need (such as housing, food, or money), this directly impacts on your root chakra. This is the case even if the threat is imaginary (e.g. due to anxiety) rather than imminently likely. So even our negative thoughts can create a blockage or misalignment in the chakra and interrupt the flow of energy. 

As the energetic recycling bin of our auric field, the Root Chakra turns negative emotional energies into power and light. Then the chakra returns this to the earth as energetic compost. We cannot expel waste energies if our root selves are disassociated with the earth and our primal impulses are imbalanced. Root Chakra can get blocked or misaligned due to traumas or fear, A blocked Root chakra can manifest Psychological symptoms such as anxiety disorders, fear, panic attacks, worry, overthinking, depression, nightmares, emotionally disconnected, disconnected from the body, anger, or rage. Physical symptoms of blockage include: lethargic and physically drained, problems in the colon, with the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, left arm, leg, or feet issues, Inflammation, cramps. In men, prostate problems may occur. Eating disorders may also be a sign of a root chakra imbalance. Root Chakra governs our physical energies giving us a sense of safety and security with other people, ourselves, and trusting in life. Without balancing the root chakra no matter how hard we try, higher chakras can not be healed/unblocked, in-flow until Muladhara is flowing.

How to Heal or Balance Root Chakra: 

  • The first thing I suggest in order to balance the Root chakra is a barefoot walk on soil or grass. Earth is the element of Root chakra and walking barefoot on soil connects us with mother earth. Gardening, planting a seed, are just some activities to balance the root chakra
  • Let me tell you the simplest meditation to balance root chakra, sit in a cross-legged position, hands in (Dhyan-Mudra), and chant the Root chakra Seed mantra (Lam). concentrate on breathing and with every exhale chant the Lam sound. LĀM is the sound of spiritual awakening.  It releases tensions and removes blockages in this Chakra and activates its energy.  And so the process of awakening the dormant powers within us and raising them into consciousness begins. 
  • The gemstone is another way to work with Chakras, I have been practicing crystal healing for such conditions. Colors and gems can help bring a chakra into balance. The root chakra’s color is red. Gemstones for the first chakra include garnet, red jasper, black tourmaline, and bloodstone. You can place the gemstone on the area of the chakra while lying down to help open and align it. You can also use crystal pendants, bracelets or simply keeping a stone in your pocket or bag will help you get the Root chakra inflow
  • Eating red color food also helps to heal Root chakra. You can have beets, tomatoes, strawberries, cherries, or any other red fruits or vegetables available.
  • Our various mental states and emotions are related to specific Chakra sound frequencies. When exposed long enough to a resonant Chakra sound frequency, the Chakras will be brought into balance. There are many Healing vibration sounds, Sound baths with frequency specific to Root chakra available on the Internet you can also use these Healing frequency sounds to balance the Root chakra.
  • Aromatherapy to activate/balance Root Chakra: essential oils such as Sandalwood, Rosewood, Rosemary, Black Pepper, Cedar, Clove, Ginger, frankincense can help to balance the Root chakra. You can use an oil burner/diffuser in your home or your meditation place.
  • Reiki healing: Reiki is an energy healing therapy that can be done in person or as a distance healing session. Reiki is an effective method to heal past traumas, negativity or any blockage in the chakras. Throughout my Reiki practice, I have observed that most of the people I healed had some blockages in the Root as this is the first energy center and can have blockages due to childhood traumas, insecurities, and fear. You can look for a certified Reiki healer and ask for a Chakra balancing session, it can be done in person or you can take a distance healing session wherein you just relax at your place and receive Reiki.  just a few sessions can bring noticeable changes.
  • Affirmations: I have seen people thinking or talking to themselves and most commonly when we go through tough times we might think or say something negative about ourselves and that can affect our chakras or the flow of energy. As everything we say or think gets stored in our subconscious and with every repetition of the same thought keeps piling up the negativity in ourselves. Affirmation is the best way to erase the negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts that help us get inflow. Below are the most commonly used Affirmations for Root chakra however I would suggest to come up with some affirmation of yours that you can connect with and believe in.

   I feel centered

   I am home

   I feel safe and secure

   I stand for my values, truth, and justice

   I have what I need

   I am kind and compassionate to myself

   I am infinite possibilities

   I am fearless

   I trust myself

   I love myself

   I trust the true source which is the universal divine mother providing for my basic needs.

   I nurture myself with healthy food, clean water, clean air, exercise, relaxation, and connection to nature.

  • Yoga-asana is another effective method for chakra balancing there are specific yoga poses for each chakra. Yoga poses for Root chakra are:
  • Pavanamuktasan—knee to chest pose
  • Janu Sirsansana—head to knee Pose
  • Padmasana—lotus flexion
  • Malasana—squatting pose
  • Tadasana—mountain pose
  • Shavasana—corpse pose
  • Virbhadrasana —Warrior

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