The Root Chakra is seen as the framework of the individual existence of humanity, giving us an outlet to express ourselves as an individualized being as well as a platform to more elevated levels of understanding. This Chakra is where the Kundalini resides, representing the unique faculty of self-awareness and understanding that normally remains unused. This understanding comes from Yoga, while the Buddhist see the Kundalini as residing in the Manipura Chakra. This is because they see the start of a spiritual path with the Manipura Chakra, considering Muladhara and Svadhisthana Chakras as mainly instinctive and little awareness. The Sushumna Nadi starts in this Chakra, ending in the Sahasrara Chakra and is the channel that the Kundalini uses to move up from Chakra to Chakra. This Chakra is associated with our survival instincts, basic needs, security, shelter, food, fight or flight response as well as the immune system, bones, legs, feet and the rectum. This Chakra is also linked to the unconscious mind and is the store house of Karmas or actions from past lives.
- Mula means "root" and Adhara means "substratum" or "support"
- This Chakra is the first Chakra
- Color: Red
- Mantra: LAM
- Element: Earth
- Balancing Stones and Crystals: Black Obsidian, Ruby and Red Garnet, Red Jasper
- Essential Oils: Cedar, Rosewood, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Clove and Ginger
- Location: This Chakra is located for men, between the anus and the genitals and for women, the location is at the cervix
- Gland: For men are the testis and in women are the ovaries
The Chakra symbiology
- The color red of this Chakra symbolizes awakening of the sleeping consciousness.
- One meaning of the inverted triangle points to the Cosmic energy is pulled in and guided downwards.
- Another meaning is an upward movement of consciousness.
- The downward pointing tip of the triangle points to the unfolding of consciousness towards human consciousness.
The four Lotus flowers represent the four functions of the psyche
- Manas (Mind)
- Buddhi (Intellect)
- Chitta (Consciousness)
- Ahamkara (Ego)
Signs of a balanced Chakra
- Good health and abundant energy.
- Material prosperity.
- General sense of well being and satisfaction with life.
- Feeling grounded and centered.
- Ease of letting things go that are no longer needed.
- Feeling of security and safety.
- Ease of acknowledgment and acceptance of basic needs.
Issues associated with an imbalance in this Chakra
- Excessive negativity and cynicism.
- Eating disorders.
- Greed and avarice.
- Living in survival mode daily.
- Short temper and anger.
Other names this Chakra is referred to as
Practices for the Root Chakra
The following practices are intended to clear and balance Muladhara. We encourage you to use these practices individually or combine them together for a more effective practice. This practice is sometimes referred to as Muladhara Yoga.
Asanas for this Chakra
Hasta Mudras for this Chakra
Hatha Mudras for this Chakra
Bandha for this Chakra
Mantra for this Chakra
The Bija Mantra or seed Mantra for the Chakra is LAM. Chanting this Mantra during practices and while in a walking state will help to clear and balance this Chakra. While chanting this Bija Mantra, visualize the color red at this Chakra.
Color therapy for this Chakra
- Wearing clothing in the color red is good way to use the sense of sight to help clear and balance this Chakra.
- Preform Shavasana or lay down on the back, place a gemstone that is associated with this Chakra at the Chakra.
- While Meditating, visualize the color red coming from this Chakra.
- Eating red fruits and vegetables. Negatively Pranic foods or night shades such as peppers should be avoided.
- If you have a practice room, hang red sheets on the walls during your practice.