Muladhara chakra, called the Root Chakra in English is the foundation for optimal well-being. 'Mula' in Sanskrit means 'root' and 'adhara' means 'foundation', The properties of the chakra and its location give the chakra its name.
Location: Below the spinal cord
Associated element: Earth
Associated Sense: Smell
Root Chakra is the very foundation of our body. Kundalini shakthi starts from this chakra. Here is where vada, pingala and susumna nadis meet. Effective functioning of Root Chakra serves as the foundation to the functioning of all chakras. Hence, Root Chakra is rightly referred to as the center of survival.
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Properties of Root Chakra and its associated organs
Root Chakra is associated with basic needs, stability and sense of safety. Stability can be achieved only when the basic needs are fulfilled, and when one is surrounded by positivity resulting in sense of safety.
When a child grows in a happy and safe environment, the Root Chakra functions at its best. This aids in promoting self-confidence and self esteem in the child and makes the child feel comfortable in being part of the society. Belief in life and having positive attitude and traits come naturally to a child whose Root Chakra is balanced.
On the contrary, when a child grows in an environment that is unsafe and unhealthy, the Root Chakra gets blocked. This results in negative thinking, low confidence levels and lack of self esteem. The child finds it difficult to be a part of the society and does not feel a sense of belonging; negativity and hatred towards others are common where Root Chakra is blocked. This causes physical and psychological conditions in the child.
Root Chakra governs blood circulation, sex glands, large intestine, kidney, bones and muscles.
Benefits of Activating Root Chakra
Given below are the most important benefits of proper functioning of Root Chakra.
- Sense of safety
- Having a sense of belonging and comfortable identifying self with the family and society
- Improved self-confidence
- Higher levels of self-esteem
- Happiness and content
- The energies of body and mind are progressive
- Feeling one with universe
When the Root Chakra functions at its best, you experience a healthy, happy life and get to appreciate the essence of life. You develop the tendency to appreciate what life has blessed you with and feel contended.
Physical and psychological symptoms of blocked Root Chakra
Following are some of the most common symptoms of blocked Root Chakra:
- Disorders of urinary system
- Kidney stones
- Eating disorders
- Digestive issues
- Low blood pressure
- Low back pain
- Pain in the left arm
- Pain, tightness and tiredness in legs and feet
- Sciatic conditions
- Testicle related disorders
- Lack of self-confidence
- High levels of fear
- Constant worries about future
- Feeling of insecurity
- No sense of belonging
- Constant irritation and extreme anger
- Inability to bond with the society
- Narrow mindedness
- Feeling of guilt
- Inability to focus
- Lacking decision making skills
How to Unblock Root Chakra
Here are some of the effective ways to activate Root Chakra:
- Yoga poses to stimulate Root Chakra
- Crystals and Gemstones
- Essential oils
- Common rules
Yoga poses to stimulate Root Chakra
Perform the following yoga poses to activate Root Chakra:
1) Lotus Pose
4) Tree Pose
7) Chair Pose
10) Warrior Pose 2
13) Easy Pose
14) Garland Pose
15) Child Pose
18) Bridge Pose
20) Rest Pose
Crystals and Gemstones
It is believed that the below-mentioned crystals and stones are effective in activating Root Chakra. Those who believe in this concept, can use one of these stones on a regular basis.
- Black Tourmaline
- Red Carnelian
- Red Jasper
Hold the crystal or stone for Root Chakra in your hands while on Root Chakra meditation. You can also hold it while practicing self-affirmation.
Lie down on your stomach and place the crystal or stone on the location of Root Chakra for few minutes.
Place the crystal or stone for Root Chakra in your home where you can easily spot it. You can also carry it with you while you go out.
You can wear Root chakra stone as jewelry. You can also attach it to your belt so it stays closest to your Root Chakra.
Essential Oils for Root Chakra
You can use of the below-mentioned essential oils to unblock and activate your Root Chakra.
- Cinnamon essential oil
- Frankincense essential oil
- Ginger essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Patchouli essential oil
- Sandalwood essential oil
- Vetiver essential oil
Dilute essential oil by adding carrier oil to it and using a diffuser let the aroma spread in your room. You can also massage the blend of essential oil and carrier oil on the location of Root Chakra or on your feet.
The powers of our sub-conscious mind are amazing. You only reap what you sow there. You can unblock and activate each chakra using respective self-affirmations.
Self-affirmation for Root Chakra
- My Root Chakra functions at its best
- I am leading a great life.
- I feel safe.
- I lead a stable life.
- My mind is full of positive thoughts.
- I feel calmness in me.
- The earth nourishes me.
- I am healthy.
- I lead a healthy lifestyle.
You can create your own self-affirmations. We will see how this can be done in the coming days.
Diet for Activating Root Chakra
Ensure you add at least one of the below-mentioned foods for Root Chakra in your daily diet.
- Sweet potato
Common Rules to Activate Root Chakra
Here are some of the most effective and simple ways to activate your Root Chakra. Incorporating these in your routine life will help to keep your Root Chakra activated.
- Walk or jog barefooted with mindfulness.
- Involve in gardening. Even if you don't have garden space, you can grow plants indoors.
- Practice Root Chakra meditation
- Place red-colored objects where you can easily spot them at home and spend some time regularly to gaze at them.
Generally, it is said that chakras are the energy centers in the body, there are many chakras out of which seven are important and that every chakra is associated with an endocrine gland.
Solar Plexus Chakra is the third of eight major chakras in the human body. Solar Plexus Chakra is called as Manipura Chakra in Sanskrit. 'Manipura' means 'lustrous jewel'.
Sacral chakra is the second major chakra in the human body. It is called Svadhishthana in Sanskrit, which means 'one's own abode'. 'Sva' means 'one's own', 'adhisthana' means 'abode'. 'Svadh' also means 'to enjoy with pleasure'.