The Root Chakra aka Muladhara
Colour Associated with the Root Chakra: Red
Root Chakra Affirmation
“I am safe in the world around me. I belong in this world, and am a part of Gaia (mother-earth). I am at peace with my surroundings, with the people and the events that occur.”
The Root Chakra is the foundation of our body, being the first chakra, and it is what keeps us grounded. It is located at the base of the spine, near the tailbone. It is what connects us to the physical world. There are a number of ways in which we can nurture our Root Chakra. As part of a balanced life, it’s important to give time and energy to ensuring your chakras are cleansed and opened. The Root Chakra should always be the first chakra you attend to. If you find yourself feeling confused or uncertain, it may be time to open and cleanse this important chakra. Yoga, Tai Chi and pilates are good movements to make the Root Chakra stronger as we focus on parts of the body one at a time.
This is a highly important chakra to maintain harmony within as it gives us inner security and identity of self. If we have a closed off Root Chakra, we feel insecure and tense. Our tension comes out as fear which can spin out of control and turn to feelings of terror. These waves of emotions can create a need to defend our own survival when there’s actually nothing to defend. Some signs that your Root Chakra is closed is restlessness, a lack of energy, unpredictable emotions, obsession and selfishness. Some of the crystals that assist in healing and opening the Root Chakra include Hematite, Black Obsidian, Garnet and Smoky Quartz. Foods that assist in healing our root chakra are red in color like apples or beets as well as red cayenne peppers. Ground vegetables like squash, potatoes and carrots. Eggs and red meat such as venison and beef are also recommended.
Exercising your Root Chakra
To allow us to better connect to the ground and thus strengthening our root chakra, there is a simple exercise you can do:
- Start by standing straight with your feet shoulder-width apart
- Bend your knees a little and pull your pelvis slightly forward
- Focus on keeping balance, a good gauge for this is feeling that the soles of your feet have evenly distributed weight
- Sink your feet downward. Some like to think of their feet as becoming rooted to the ground. You can visually roots coming out of your feet and becoming a part of the earth
Stay in this position for a few minutes at least and focus on the feeling of being grounded to the earth. Inhale and exhale. Be in the moment.
A Balanced Root Chakra: A Happier You
When your Root Chakra is balanced, you will feel secure and life’s tasks will take little effort. The doubts you may have experienced in the past will vanish from your life. You will manifest things easily and there is little that will go wrong. If something should go wrong, you will be able to cope with it and turn it into something beautiful. The quality of the life that you live will improve greatly when you nurture the Root Chakra. You will become a part of the universe and it’s energy once again, making you feel complete.