“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair” ― Khalil Gibran
The first chakra, the Root Chakra, is associated with our basic animal instincts of survival and self-preservation namely food, health, security and shelter. It is the very foundation of our being. Just like the foundation of a building, this chakra anchors the other chakras, and the human body, to the earth, the element that relates to this chakra, as well as to the external environment. Its essence is that of a rock – solid, stable and tangible. It is aptly named “Muladhara”, “mul” meaning root, and “adhara” meaning support.
Root chakra – highlights
- Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
- Meaning: Root support
- Location: Perineum, Base of spine
- Color: Red
- Element: Earth
- Sense: Smell
- Seed sound: Lam
- Physical organs/ glands association: Legs, feet, large intestine, anus, adrenals, skeletal system
- Emotional/ Psychological association: Sense of survival, safety, security, stability, and trust
- Mineral: Ruby, garnet, bloodstone, lodestone, bloodstone, hematite, black tourmaline
- Herbs for incense: Cedar
Signs of an unbalanced first chakra:
- Emotional or mental issues: fear, anxiety, insecurity, isolation, abandonment, vulnerability, worry, grief, depression, self-centeredness, disconnection, numbness, distrust, low self-esteem, greed, addiction, survival issues such as food, and finances, materialism, sexual promiscuity and impulsiveness.
- Physical issues: lower back pain, sciatica, obesity, anorexia, constipation, hemorrhoids, prostate problems, varicose veins, problems with the groin, legs, knees, calves, ankles and feet.
A balanced first chakra brings:
- A sense of safety, security and stability
- A feeling of belonging and connection to others
- An ability to trust and a sense of acceptance
- A sense of fulfillment, of being at home in one’s body and on the earth
- Proper body weight and good health
- Regular bowel movement
Beneficial activities that promote and maintain a balanced Sacral Chakra:
- Meditation and visualization: Visualize a glowing red orb at the base of the spine while meditating.
- Reiki or other energy healing disciplines
- Chant the seed sound “Lam”
- Nature: Walking barefoot on grass.
- Massages: A foot massage is particularly beneficial.
- Exercises: Walking, hiking, running, biking, gardening, and dancing. Yoga poses such as the tree pose, mountain pose, half and full locust pose, corpse pose and the bridge pose.
- Food: protein (e.g. soy, tofu, nuts, legumes), red colored food (such as red cabbage, pomegranates, and apples), root vegetables (such as beets, rutabagas, garlic, ginger, turnips, potatoes, and parsnips), hot spices (like red cayenne pepper)
- Essential oils: bergamot, sandalwood, vetiver
- Color red: Wearing the color red or stones such as garnet, ruby, onyx, smoky quartz
- Affirmations: Speak out with complete confidence the following affirmations:
- I am deeply rooted.
- I am connected to my body.
- I feel safe and secure.
- I trust myself.
- I love life.
- I am at peace with the people and things around me.