The Root Chakra or Muladhara is the first in the chakra system. Read on to learn what the functions of this chakra are and how it manifests itself with emotional and physical issues when blocked.
In the Sanskrit, mula means “root” or “base” and the word adhara means “support”, so the meaning of the word muladhara in this context is the “support center“. This is exactly what the main function of the Root Chakra is.
The Physical Positioning of the Root Chakra
At the base of the spine between the anus and genitals.
Root Chakra’s General Features
The root chakra has four nadia (energy channels) that put us in touch with the subtle energies of creation, of the earth. This chakra is associated with the fundamental root of our individuality, existence, and physical sensation.
Each chakra corresponds to a color and a certain vibration. Hence, Muladhara has the lowest vibration and frequency, being represented by three colors: red, orange, and yellow.
The element of the root chakra is earth, being responsible for our connection to the earth and nature. It also represents our desire to search for depth in everything we create or have. The root chakra is about feeling connected with the earth and with other people, feeling that we are connected to our family, we can integrate into the society, humanity, that we are connected and communicate with all the other beings on earth.
If this chakra does not work properly, we may experience a sense of emptiness and disconnection from everything and everyone. This might make us feel alone and like we don’t belong here.
The Ganesha goddess (represented by an elephant with seven trumpets) is associated with the root chakra, which symbolizes the minerals needed to sustain physical life. Above the elephant is a red triangle with the top upside down, representing the feminine creation. Inside of the triangle, you will find a phallus with a snake wrapped around it. This represents the unmanifested energy called Kundalini. Above the phallus, there is a new moon, symbolizing the Divine Source of all energies.
What Blocks the Root Chakra?
- Childhood trauma
- Poor mother-child relationship
- Financial difficulties
- Physical abuse
- Physical neglect
- Fear of change
Warning Signs of a Blocked Root Chakra
When Muladhara functions normally, it generates a strong will, vitality and energy. People with a healthy root chakra will overcome any troubles or obstacles, considering life as a fascinating adventure worth living, a game or a dream.
However, when there are some imbalances in this chakra, the person will experience a decrease in vitality, being barely capable of fulfilling the day-to-day activities. People with dysfunctional Muladhara can be abusive, depressed and/or deprived of the joys of life.
Being close to the sacral chakra Swadisthana, it also causes sexual disorders such as frigidity, impotence and sterility. Other disorders related to an imbalanced Root chakra are bladder disease, cystitis, prostate disease, inflammation of the hemorrhoids, and in severe cases, colon cancer.
Further signs include:
- trouble saving money
- chronic health problems
- lack of healthy boundaries with others
- poor communication with the loved ones
- the sensation of being out of space
- the feeling of disconnection
- eating disorders or loss of appetite
- lack of energy
- generalized fear
- materialism and greed, obsession with money
- chronic fatigue
- identity crisis
- little interest in intimate/physical relations with the partner
- linking one’s sense of well-being to external factors
- lack of confidence
How to Heal the Root Chakra
- Start with physical exercises (choose a sport or activity that you like).
- Walk in nature, spend as much time outdoors as you can.
- Practice grounding or walking barefoot to strengthen your connection with the earth and nature.
- Practice yoga as it can heal all your chakras.
- Do some gardening and pottery as it will give you the chance to be in touch with the earth.
- Examine the relationship with your mother; talk to her about it. If you cannot, discuss the problem with a psychotherapist.
- Decorate your house, clean it and put things in order. Try to pay all your bills on time.
- Get to know your neighbors better or make peace with them.
- Make peace with your family.
- Make/buy refreshing aromatherapy products with pleasant scent such as scented candles (especially cedar wood aromas, myrrh, patchouli). Use aromatic bath oils and mix them with massage emulsifiers.
Beneficial Foods for the Root Chakra
Root vegetables like parsnips, carrots, potatoes, radishes, onions, beets, garlic.
Protein-rich food like meats, eggs, beans, soy products, peanut butter, tofu.
- tiger eye
- agate of fire
- black tourmaline
These stones are used to activate, balance and amplify the energy flow. Healing by crystals is based on the belief that these stones have a natural healing frequency that can be activated. The vibration of each one corresponds and resonates to heal specific imbalances.
In order to activate their healing power, you will have to use them on a regular basis.
Colours to Wear:
Black, gray, brown, red, red jasper, black onyx.
Check out this meditation to balance the vibration of your root chakra:
Did you experience an underactive root chakra? If yes, how did you heal it?