Focus On: The Root Chakra

Laura Cocconi
Written by Laura Cocconi

Sanskrit name: Muladhara – root support
Element: Earth
Colour: Red
Petals of the lotus: Four
Rights: To have
Physical association:The skeletal structure, teeth, large intestine, kidneys, blood
Psychological function: Survival and self preservation
Challenge: Fear
Plane: Physical plane
Sense organ: Nose
Predominant sense: Smell
Incense: Cedar
Herb: Sage
Yoga position: Asanas

Root Chakra

Located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the last 3 sacral vertebrae, the Root Chakra is responsible for your sense of safety and security in our life. The word Muladhara breaks down into two Sanskrit words: Mula meaning “root” and Adhara, which means “support” or “base.”

Muladhara is the most instinctual of all chakras: it is your survival center, your fight and flight response. This is your primal, animal nature, in fact it connects us with spiritual energies of our ancestors, their challenges and their victories. The energy of Muladhara allows us to harness courage, resourcefulness and the will to live during trying times. That’s why the challenge associated with this chakra is the fear.

When the Root Chakra is blocked

Since Base Chakra carries our ancestral memories, basically everyone experiences challenges or blockages within Muladhara. The root chakra is comprised of whatever grounds you to stability in your life. This includes your basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and safety, as well as your more emotional needs such as letting go of fear. When these needs are met, you feel grounded and safe, and you tend to worry less day to day.

If there is an imbalance in the root chakra you may experience anxiety disorders, fears, or nightmares. Physical imbalances may manifest as problems in the colon, with the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, leg, or feet issues. In men, prostate problems may occur. Eating disorders may also be a sign of a root chakra imbalance.

How to rebalance the Root Chakra

  • “See red”. Seriously. Envisioning the colour red glowing brightly at the base of the spine, where this chakra is located, is the beginning of root chakra cleansing and balancing. Start with the simple meditation of imaging a bright red light at the base of your spine. Picture this red light extending down your legs and feet, grounding you to the earth.
  • Clean your body and get in contact with it. Examples: take a shower/bath, go for a mindful walk, dance, get a massage or reflexology session.
  • Practise yoga, especially the Asanas position (consider if you are good enough to do it by yourself).
  • Work on these believes you may have consciously or subconsciously in order to figure out where they come from and solve them:

Root Chakra Affirmations

I feel deeply rooted.
I am connected to my body.
I feel safe and secure.
Just like a tree or a star, I have a right to be here.
I stand for my values, for truth, and for justice.
I have what I need.
I am grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet.
I nurture my body with healthy food, clean water, exercise, relaxation, and connection with nature.
I am open to possibilities.
I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to grow and transform.
I trust in the goodness of life.
I make choice that are healthy and good for me.
I trust myself.
I love life.