Root Chakra

Chakra 1: Root Chakra (Muladhara)

Location: Base of spine, tailbone area
What it controls: Survival issues such as finance and independence
Colour: Red
Element: Earth
Stone: Hematite, Garnet or Red Jasper
When develops: 1-7 years old
Mantra: “I connect and I am fully supported”
Yoga Poses: Tree, Mountain, Seated Forward Fold

This is the first chakra and it represents our foundation. It is all about connection to the earth and being grounded. If we are not grounded, we experience emotional turmoil and we can “blow up” energetically. The root chakra is often thought of as providing energy to other chakras, so if it’s blocked or unbalanced, your other chakras likely are as well. Just like a building, making sure that your chakras have a firm foundation is crucial to having a healthy, open chakra system.

When the root chakra is blocked or under-active, you may feel threatened, as if standing on unstable ground or feel like you don’t belong. You may feel that you are not supported in your relationships and your family life may be difficult. You may struggle with money and financial issues. If you feel controlling, quick to anger, undriven, and self-conscious, your root chakra might need balancing.

When your root chakra is balanced, you have energy and self-confidence. You feel calm and grounded and ready for what life brings. Here are some easy tips to balancing your root chakra.

  • See, wear or feel the colour red. Visulaise the colour red glowing brightly at the base of the spine, picture this red light extending down your legs and feet, grounding you to the earth. Wear red clothes or jewellery containing red stones.
  • Get on your yoga mat. Many yoga postures are designed to cleanse this chakra. When practicing Tree Pose, you can use your ‘seeing red’ visualization as you firmly plant your entire left foot onto your mat and bring your right foot up and vice versa. Keep your hip points squarely ahead and your toes tucked in as you place your foot anywhere on your leg besides your knee. Be creative and make your Tree Pose your own. Place your right leg into half lotus or engage your core and reach your arms overhead, keeping the base of your neck soft and your elbows straight as you rotate the pinky side of your hands in to engage your triceps. Most importantly, feel supported and connected to the earth as you hold your Tree Pose for 5 to 8 breaths before switching sides.
  • Zen out on a walk. Take this idea of mindfully moving on your walk with you. Concentrate on your foot leaving the ground and connecting to the earth again with each step. You’ll give your mind a break and cleanse your root chakra at the same time.
  • Get a pedicure. Loving your feet and taking the time to pamper your physical body are great ways to also care for your root chakra energy.