The 1stchakra is known as Muladhara chakra meaning “root support” in Sanskrit. Related to the earth element, it draws us toward the grounding nature of earth and is located nearest to the ground in the body, at the base of the spine, near the perineum (the area between the genitals and the anus). Some claim its location within us is the resting place of the Kundalini Shakti, an orb of unfathomable energy awaiting arousal. If awakened through committed practice and grace, the energy is freed to surge up the body to join the 7thchakra, merging the power of earth with Divine potency resulting in an enlightened state of bliss.
The body stands as a gateway to explore the abundance of our outer world, allowing us the tactile experience of objects and people around us. It also provides us a path to our inner world. Instead of utilizing mystical techniques and systems to bypass the physical body on the way to a higher plane, we must become utterly aware of our bodies, fully bearing every luscious sensation of life. When we are this awake, we can connect with the witness within, our true self, the piece of us that watches our reactions and thoughts, ever wise, still and passively at peace. Bringing awareness to the Muladhara Chakra centers us, granting us the harmony of living fully in the present, embracing what is real and discerning when our minds are concealing the truth from us, causing us to topple from a solid place.
The 1stchakra is linked to the feet, legs and bones, the structures of the body that literally hold us up, as well as the intestines, the organ essential to the core of health, our digestive system. It is also connected to the glands affected most by fear, the adrenals. Fear is the challenge of the 1stchakra, if there is a deficiency here; terror and anxiety creep closer to the surface. This type of fear may not be associated with any real danger; it’s a lingering, unsettling sense of doom, waiting to reveal itself when we’re at our most vulnerable. Those who suffer from anxiety disorder come to fear the fear, which is exactly what can trigger an attack of panic.The most basic aspects of life can produce the most distress- our body image, our eating habits, our relationships, our work and our place in this world. These are the parts of life connected with the 1stchakra. Without healing here first, we have no healthy root from which to grow and prosper.
If the results of your chakra self-test reveal an excessive or deficient first chakra, you may be struggling to find balance regarding body image, food, physical health or your very right to be on this planet, thriving safely and successfully.
The location of the Root Chakra is the base of spine - the perineum.
The element & energy of this chakra is Earth & solid energy.
The Color for the 1st chakra is Red.
The body parts & Organs associated with the Root Chakra are the legs, feet, bones, large intestine and adrenal glands.
The sense related to the 1st Chakra is our sense of smell.
The Bija Mantra for the Root Chakra is the sounds Lam and vowel sound ‘oh’ as in rope.
The psychical area related to the Root Chakra is Survival resulting in grounding- Foundation of emotional and mental health. Physical identity especially within a group or family – survival and the ability to stand up for self, security and the ability to provide for self and safety within group, sense of trust in the world, grounding, stability, prosperity, appropriate boundaries, nourishment, vitality, good health, ability to relax and be still, comfortable in body.
The challenge of the 1st Chakra is Fear or anxiety.
The identity and rights of the Root Chakra are the physical identity and the right to be here and to have.
The Physical Malfunctions of the body due to imbalance are the disorders of bowel, anus, large intestine, bones and teeth. Issues with legs, feet, knees, base of spine, buttocks. Eating disorders and frequent illness.
The Yoga Poses that can support an open functioning Root Chakra are the standing poses, balancing poses, leg stretches.
The hand Mudras to support the balanced earth element is the Prithivi Mudra or Earth Mudra. Place the tips of the thumb and ring finger together. Extend the other fingers. This can eliminate energy deficit in the root chakra creating a feeling of psychological and physical strength.
The Essential Oils that support the Root Chakra that can help up ground with the earth are those from trees that have deep roots into the earth. Essential oils like sandalwood, cypress, elemi, cedarwood, and rosewood. Other essential oils that help combat a sense of isolation are frankincense, clary sage, geranium, rose, melissa, vetiver, patchouli, and ylang ylang
Other healing practices that can support the balance of the 1st Chakra are: Reiki Bio-field Healing; Massage; lots of touch; bio-energetic grounding; physical activity; walking around in bare feet.
Affirmations can be used to help in the reprograming of old thought habits that don't support our desires. See Affirmation section
Balanced characteristics for the Root Chakra
Being comfortable in your body
a sense of safety and security
Stability and solidity
Ability to be still
Presence in the here and now
Resistance to change
Healing: Here, we need to let go, relax, or release aspects related to the 1stchakra
With food: lighten up on heavier foods, eating less protein, less fat, or perhaps eating less in general.
Environment: Clean the clutter in your house, clean out your closets, give away anything you haven’t used in the past year.
Activities: eat less, sleep less, work less, and do less. Play more, laugh more, and move more.
Resistance to structure
Disconnection from your body
Inability to sit still
Healing: Here we need to hold on, focus, and receive.
With food: eat proteins, meats, cheese, eggs, beans, nuts, and seeds as well as earthy foods, such as root vegetables
Activities: increase your contact with nature – gardening, hiking, and getting outside especially in the dirt or sand. Get outside in nature everyday. Make something with your hands. Work out being aware of your body.
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