Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
Meaning: Root Support
Body Location: base of spine, perineum
Function: Survival, Grounding
Seed Sound: Lam
Mantra: I am
Minerals: Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet
Deities: Brahma, Dakini, Ganesha, Gaia, Demeter
The Root Chakra is the foundation of our entire energy system, everything is built from it and relies on its stability. It is related to the element of earth, and this alone gives much insight into the chakra. This energy center deals with our environment, and the roots that grow around us. Our environment is essentially our soil, so it can be adding nutrients or it can be drying and deteriorating your roots. Other roots can be impeding on our roots causing us to feel unsafe. Before our tree grows upward it must have solid roots to stem from. In other terms, if we are remaining in an unstable state of survival our energy will not be able to go elsewhere.
On the body the center is mainly around the base of the spine but in the physical body it extends down through the legs and feet. The legs are the roots of the human body, connecting us to the earth and allowing movement for the upper body.
Because the function of this chakra is survival it relies heavily on the use of our instinctual fight-or-flight mode. This mode responds to fear, making fear the Root Chakra’s kryptonite. Fear underacts our sense of safety and security, forcing our bodies into alert states. Our body's natural stress response pumps cortisol and adrenaline into our blood which is helpful in short spurts, but prolonged exposure to the hormones weakens our immune system and heart health. In an energetic sense, remaining in fight-or-flight does not allow us to fully express the energy within our hearts. It is important to move out of the sympathetic nervous system and into the parasympathetic nervous system, whose function is rest and digest. This system allows the body to rest and even reach meditative states.
Facing our fears is a must in order to achieve harmony in the root chakra. These fears are not limited to the external, though many times that is where foundational fears occur. This can be fears we experience internally like the fear of change, fear of rejection, fear of our’shadow’ etc. By identifying our fears we can embrace them, recycle their energy, and move forward.
The most important action to support the root chakra is grounding. The concept of grounding is to connect into our two homes: the eart and our body. It is to connect with solid matter. Even though we walk on the earth we do not often make a conscious connection into her. And though our souls are infinite beings past our bodies it is important to connect into the house of our soul. By grounding we create a deeper connection with our environment which gives us the foundation for confident forward movement.
Recommendations for grounding with the earth include: walking on the earth bare footed, meditate outside, meditate with a tree, listen to the sounds of nature, garden… get out in nature!
Recommendations for grounding with the body include: resting, massages (especially feet), jumping, baths or showers, eating nourishing food, exercise… connect with your vessel!
Apanasana - Knee to Chest
Lie flat on your back with both knees bent, your feet on the floor hips distance apart. Bring one knee to your chest wrapping your hands over it, breathing deep. Repeat on both sides, and end by bringing both knees into your chest.
Setu Bhandasana - Bridge Pose
Lie flat on your back with both knees bent, you feet on the floor hips distance apart. Press your feet firmly into the ground slowly using the force to lift the spine up from the ground. Ideally you will create a line from your knees down to your shoulders.
Janus Sirsasana - Head to Knee
Sit up straight with your legs extended in front of you. Tucking one foot into the groin, bend at the hips bring your head to the extended leg’s knee. Repeat with opposite leg, then extend both legs in front and repeat.