A Deeper Look at the Root Chakra
Muladhara, the Sanskrit name for your Root Chakra, is the first Chakra in a series of seven. It sits at the base of your spine and is associated with the color red. Let's dive in!
In Sanskrit, the word mula translates to "root," and dhara loosely translates to "support." It gets its name because of the support it offers the rest of your Chakra system and its location at the root, or base, of your tailbone. Spiritually, your Root Chakra also represents your support system and connection with your community, as well as your sense of security.
Your Root Chakra is affected by your basic needs for survival, like food, shelter, water, and a feeling of safety... so, essentially, life. Because the Root Chakra is connected to such basic tenants of life, it's often hyperactive!
An Out-of-Whack Root Chakra
What does a hyperactive Root Chakra look like, you might ask? Insecurity, anxiety, fear, and disconnection. This chakra is connected to our most basic survival instincts, so when it's more active than it should be it can send false survival alarms throughout your entire body.
When you dive a bit deeper into this concept, it makes a whole lot of sense. Human fear and anxiety come from a good place, it's a survival system made to keep you alive! It just doesn't have a huge role in our modern lives.
Back in the day when humans needed to be alert to avoid life-threatening situations, the balance of their Root Chakras probably looked a bit different. Today, there's not much life-or-death threat coming from our computers, phones, and TV screens. (Well, I guess you could argue the contrary, but that's a different article.)
3 Ways to Balance Your Root Chakra
If you struggle with symptoms of anxiety, depression, disconnection, or insecurity, it could be worth trying these practices to balance your Root Chakra in addition to seeking professional guidance.
Find a few minutes to find stillness. To balance this particular chakra, try to focus on stilling your body and resisting the urge to twitch. Focus your mind on inhaling so fully that you feel your belly button rise and expand, and then exhaling slowly. You may choose to just focus on breathwork, or invite visuals to your mind. Try visualizing the color red, a natural scene, or the feeling of your toes in the grass. You could also try chanting aloud or silently the grounding vibration "LAM."
Fill your plate with red foods, and dedicate each bite to your Root Chakra. Apples, meats, red peppers, tomatoes, pomegranates, strawberries... whatever you're craving!
3. Yoga Poses
To help balance your Root Chakra, focus on any yoga poses that help you feel grounded. While this can be slightly different for all of us, some poses that always help me connect with this chakra are:
Child's Pose (Balasana)
Seated Pose (Sukhasana)
Rest Pose (Savasana)
Yogi's Squat (Malasana)
A Root Chakra Run-Down
Names: Muladhara (Sanskrit), Root Chakra (English)
Location: Base of your spine
Connections: Survival, instinct, and basic needs
Symptoms of Imbalance: anxiety, insecurity, constipation, sciatica nerve pain, difficulty focusing, knee pain, hip pain
Symptoms of Balance: Groundedness, stillness, feelings of stability