My endeavor through the Chakras Explained Series is to simplify and empower you to balance your own Chakra system. We start with the Muladhara Chakra, most commonly known as the Root Chakra.
Table of Contents
- 5 Facts About The Muladhara Chakra
- Questions To Evaluate Your Root Chakra Health
- 5 Ways to Balance Your Muladhara Chakra
5 Facts About The Muladhara Chakra
#1 – Root Chakra
Located at the base of your spine, your Muladhara is the first chakra in your energy centers. This Chakra grounds you like a tree; it is a powerful energetic root or support, anchoring your soul to the Earth. Hence the name root chakra.
#2 – Psychological & Emotional Associations
The Root Chakra focuses on self-preservation. And, it holds the heaviest density in our range of emotions (fear).
Psychologically speaking, the first chakra links to your Right to Have.
#3 – Relationship with the Physical Body
The Chakras are energy centers but they have a relationship to our actual physical body. The Muladhara is associated with the densest physical body parts such as legs, feet, bones, and large intestine.
#4 – Relationship with Diet
The most dense foods, those rich in protein (and meats) are associated with the root Chakra.
#5 – Examples of an Imbalanced Root Chakra
- Constantly eating.
Eating is a primal instinct. And though there’s plenty of food around us, an unbalanced Root makes us want to eat as much as possible, to preserve our body. Hence the association with obesity (overstimulated) or anorexia (understimulated).
- Constantly operating from the mindset of fear.
This may cause you to hoard, or work obsessively to acquire more of everything in the material world because you fear not having enough.
- Physical symptoms.
The physical manifestation of the body, due to an unbalanced Root Chakra, includes problems like obesity, constipation, knee problems, and sciatica.
5 Questions To Evaluate Your Root Chakra Health
Take this quick self-assessment to evaluate the health of your Muladhara Chakra, and see if you’re in need to work on balancing this energy center.
- Do you spend time in nature often?
- How often do you practice mindfulness in your day-to-day activities?
- Is your relationship with yourself positive, especially with your physical body?
- How quick and effective are you at making decisions?
- Are you a workaholic?
5 Ways to Balance Your Muladhara Chakra
If you have identified that there is a need to balance your root Chakra, take a look at the following tips. In addition to the details we discussed in the Introduction to Chakras, here are 5 specific techniques to balance your energy center at the Root.
#1 – Meditate on the Chakra’s color, red, and its shape.
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#2 – Ground Yourself Everyday
Why? Because if you are not experiencing contact with reality, you are likely spaced out. If you’re constantly living in your head, it’s unlikely that you are creating much in the physical world- and you are stressed, because you’re living in your thoughts.
In other words, your root chakra is unbalanced. But there are countless ways to ground your energy. And, here are some great places to start :
- Sit or walk barefoot in the grass. And even better, if you can spend time gardening your backyard.
- Go on a guided walk, where you focus on being mindful, all the while being present with your surroundings.
- Become aware of your physical body and any pain you are experiencing. Being in touch with your pain brings you back to reality and helps ground you.
- Do more physical activities, especially ones that involve creation with your hands.
- Grounding exercises such as kicking or stomping your feet, jumping up and down, and taking a jog outdoors are also great ways to disperse stress in the lower chakra.
#3 – Wear or carry crystals like Ruby and Hematite.
Some crystals may overwhelm your energy when in contact. For such cases, it’s best to keep them away from direct contact with the body, like outside your aura, but in the vicinity (within your room, or carrying in your purse).
#4 – Practice Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga is associated with the Root Chakra, and here are some yogic postures worth trying:
#5 – Be Mindful of What You Eat
Since protein and heavy-density foods are associated with the Root Chakra, it helps to keep the following diet in mind – foods high in protein. But maintain mindfulness if you consume meat, because too much meat can, in turn, make your root unbalanced (overstimulated in heavy energy).
The Chakra system is a complex, intricate energy system that should not be left at this simplified explanation. So take this as an entry point into your knowledge of the Chakras. As you immerse yourself into balancing each Chakra, you will discover a lot more meaning to each energy type.
Read Next: Chakras Explained (#2) : Sacral Chakra
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