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What is the Root Chakra and How Healing It Can Fix Your Life

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What is the Root Chakra or the Muladhara?

The human body is wondrous. 

Sometimes, what we feel, think, and react to are connected to more than we can explain. And the chakras are one such mystical concept.  

Cited in Vedas and Puranas for centuries, the word chakra literally translates to ‘wheels’. And we have seven main chakras. In fact, some people believe we have 114 of them. These chakras act like energy gears that control our emotions and feelings. 

Imagine that if your chakras are running in sync, your body would function like a perfectly well-oiled machine. But if one of these energy wheels gets rusty or stops functioning, it would manifest in the form of physical, mental, or spiritual ailments. 

Sitting at the base of your spine at the pelvic floor, the root chakra is the first of the seven chakras. Also known as Muladhara in Sanskrit, the word can be broken down to Mula meaning ‘root’, and adhara implying ‘foundation’ or ‘base’.  As the name suggests, the root chakra is associated with feelings of safety, security, and connection to the earthy realm. 

The core color of the root chakra is red, which again signifies its connection to the soil and roots.  The symbol of the root chakra is illustrated as a lotus with four petals and an inverted triangle within a square. 


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Its seed mantra (LAM लं) is housed in the center around the downward-facing triangle. The four petals in the symbol represent the four core elements of the human psyche: mind, intellect, ego, and consciousness.


How Does A Blocked Root Chakra Affect You?

The root chakra is the grounding force that forms the basis of your well-being. The core aspects that it guides are safety, survival, sex, and stability. And since it centers around your primal needs, a misalignment of the Muladhara messes up your feelings of stability and existence.


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So when your root chakra goes out of whack, you may feel more disconnected, perplexed, anxious, and prone to self-destructive behavior. You may also experience the symptoms of a blocked root chakra in the form of:

  • Gaining weight 
  • Losing weight
  • Problems with your legs, feet, tailbone
  • Lower Immunity
  • Issues with bowel movement, colon, and bladder
  • Feeling depressed, anxious, and indecisive
  • Reproductive issues
  • Low esteem and restlessness
  • Feeling lost or not connected to anyone or anything 
  • Feeling low energy, lethargic, and uninspired

How to Open and Heal Root Chakra 

Due to its connection to the Earth, any activity that makes you one with nature can balance your root chakra.  Here are a few ways you can try to heal your root chakra:

  • Walk barefoot in the grass while engaging all your senses
  • Wear red gemstones such as bloodstone, Jasper, or garnet, or place them around your root chakra area during massage or Reiki
  • Eat more vegetables that grow under the Earth such as potatoes, yams, or tubers
  • Move your legs or dance to the sounds of nature
  • Perform breathing exercises such as pranayama
  • Do regular meditations where you visualize the color red circulating through your body
  • Smell the aroma of nature with Cedarwood, myrrh, patchouli, sandalwood, rosewood, clove
  • Practice Yoga poses such as the Warrior pose, UttanasanaVrksasana or Tree Pose, and Malasana to feel more grounded and aligned

Affirmations for Root Chakra Healing

If you’re unable to perform the above-mentioned activities, there’s another easy way to balance your root chakra – Affirmations. 

These are empowering phrases that you keep repeating to yourself to empower your mind through your subconscious. When you repeat phrases that reinforce the ideas of self-sufficiency, security, and calmness, your root chakra blockages can be removed.

So take a deep breath in and out and then repeat the following words:

“I am safe, I am secure”

“I am alive and well”

“I am grounded and connected to this earth”

“I am open to new ideas”

“ I let go of my past”

“My roots are strong”

“I trust the universe and its possibilities”

“I’m in touch with myself”

“I am healthy and strong”

“ I love myself” 

And as you say those words, visualize the color red emanating from your root chakra and then circulating through your entire body. 

Imagine being connected to the earth and releasing all the tension from your body.

Feel the energy and let go of all stresses, emotions, and turmoil you feel inside. 

Surrender to the moment!

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If you want to delve deeper into the art of chakra balancing, check out this wonderful course


Balancing Root Chakra Through Sound Healing 

There are several ways sound vibrations can open and balance your chakras. You can try sound healing instruments such as:

Tuning forks

Chakra Chimes

Singing Bowls

These instruments use specific sound frequencies associated with each chakra to unblock your energy centers. 


If videos are more your jam, check out this six-minute sound bath to balance your chakras.