The root chakra starts at the base of the spine.  This chakra is where our serpent friend the Kundalini begins her journey.  From here, she coils her way up the sushmuna (the staff if you remember correctly) through each chakra, until she reaches the top, the crown chakra, in which “enlightenment” occurs.  Ooomm…..

It is at the root chakra that we deal with the most basic needs of human survival: shelter and protection.  In modern times, however, this sense of protection can also manifest as financial worries (like stressing that you won’t pay your bills) or physical attachment to materialistic things.

As a quick reference guide, I’ve listed the basic description of the the root chakra as well as the physical, mental and emotional ailments of each, along with healing modalities.

Root Chakra Descriptions

Sanskrit name: Muladhara, meaning root or support

Location: Between the anus and the genitals

Associated color: Red

Main Issues: Survival/Physical needs like security and shelter

Endocrine Gland: Adrenals

Body parts: Bones, skeletal structure

Astrological sign: Capricorn

Sense: Smell


Physical ailments: Osteoarthritis

Emotional dysfunctions: Mental lethargy, incapable of finding inner stillness

When the root chakra is too open, or spins too fast, we can become overly concerned with materialism, and self-centered.

When the root chakra is blocked, or sluggish, we can become emotionally needy, self-destructive and fearful.

When the root chakra is balanced, we are healthy, grounded and have a shit load of energy.

Root Chakra Healing Modalities

Root Chakra crystalsCrystals: Hematite, Tiger’s Eye, Bloodstone

Fragrances: Cedarwood, Myrrh, Patchouli


Self Reflection Questions:

Root Chakra Movement Therapy

The following video is a great pilates exercise called the hip roll that can be used to bring energy back to your root chakra.  You can do this whenever you are feeling stressed, during your warm-up in a workout, in the morning, or right before you go to bed.

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  1. Root chakra not only induces lifestyle diseases but also blocks free energy of kundalini flow from rising above its location in the body where, by dint of lying closed in its path, it turns its streamline flow into a swirling whirl of energy moving in a vicious circle of its own distorted flow.

    1. Thanks for the comment! Any other suggestions you can provide about helping to balance this chakra?

  2. There is also a mantra for root chakra. ‘LAM’. Also hand mudra. Some yoga poses along with chanting LAM with hand mudra root chakra can be balanced.

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