Chakras are the energy centers of the human body that govern many different domains, from the spiritual to the physical. Opening and aligning the chakras can yield many different benefits, making our lives better and healthier. The root chakra, or the Muladhara, is the very first one, and is the most physical of all chakras. Opening this chakra provides a solid foundation of all the chakras, and as such, is a crucial one to awaken.
What is the Muladhara?
Located at the base of the spine, at the pelvic floor and the first three vertebrae, the root chakra governs the person’s foundation, security, and safety in the physical realm. Literally defined as “root support”, the Muladhara is the very first of the chakras of matter, the foundation of the other chakras above it, and like a home’s foundation, everything relies on the stability it provides.
This chakra is composed of the things that provide you with stability and security in life, such as food and water, shelter, as well as emotional strength like courage and security; pretty much whatever it takes to survive, to persevere, and to continue in this world, is the domain of the Muladhara.
Imbalanced or blocked Muladhara
An imbalanced or blocked Muladhara can lead to a number of different problems, ranging from the physical to the emotional and even the spiritual. Physical problems may be colonic or digestive problems, like constipation, bladder issues, lower back/leg/feet pain, and for men specifically, prostate problems. Emotionally, anxiety, fear and distress, and nightmares about the present and the future may also be a sign of an imbalanced root chakra. Spiritually, it may lead to a crisis of faith, self-doubt about one’s place in the universe, and questioning one’s life.
If the root chakra is hyperactive, it can lead to aggression, overbearing control, inflexibility when it comes to change and progress, problems with authority, greediness, and overvaluing of one’s self. Physically, it can lead to overactive sex drive, irritable bowel syndrome, and weight gain.
If the root chakra is underactive, it can lead to feeling disconnected to the world or your friends, disorganization, fear, lack of focus and discipline, and an overall feeling of anxiety and dread. Physical manifestations include weight-loss, lack of energy, lowered sex-drive, anemia and a poor immune system.
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Opening and healing the Muladhara
There are a number of different ways to open and heal the Muladhara, in order to rebalance and re-secure one’s life.
1.) Affirmation of the Muladhara – one of the most powerful tools to open and heal the Muladhara is having an affirming mantra. Repeatedly saying “I am safe, I am secure,” “Things will be okay, I have the power to achieve,” “The universe will give me what I need,” and many other assuring mantras will reopen and rebalance your Muladhara.
2.) Yoga asana poses – practicing specific yoga poses can help the Muladhara. These include the Pavanamuktasana (knee to chest pose), Janu Sirsansana (head to knee pose), Padmasana (lotus flexion), and the Malasana (squatting pose.) Even if you are not a yoga practitioner, performing these poses can greatly help the Muladhara. As well, tightening certain areas of the body via clenching help bring strong energy and strength to the Muladhara.
3.) Color therapy – the Muladhara is associated with the color red. Wearing clothing that is red, and focusing on other red things, such as red roses and lighting red candles also help. Mentally, picturing a red lotus flower at the base of the spine can start the process of balancing the Muladhara.
4.) Aromatherapy – the smell of sandalwood, cedar, rosewood, ginger, cloves, black pepper, rosemary, and other “earthly” smells can heal the Muladhara. Apply oils with these smells on your body, or enjoy an aromatherapy session while meditating or getting a massage that has these smells, and begin the healing of the Muladhara.
5.) Nutrition – red foods, such as apples, strawberries, red cabbage, red meats, and beets, are all beneficial for the Muladhara. As well, other foods that have “roots”, like carrots and beans, and other high protein, “earthy” foods, like nuts and eggs, can nourish the root chakra.
6.) Naturetherapy – since the Muladhara is connected to the Earth, experiencing its splendors can also help heal the root chakra. Walking barefoot on earth (like when walking on the beach or on grass), climbing a tree, going on a hike, or even just lounging in a nice, nature spot, will expose you to earthly energies that can rebalance the Muladhara.
7.) Gem and crystal therapy – gems and crystals for the root chakra, like garnet, red jasper, black tourmaline, bloodstone, azurite, citrine, carnelian, obsidian, and smokey quartz, can be placed on the body during meditation or lying down, or worn around the neck or even just placed in the pocket, to heal the Muladhara.
8.) Sound therapy – chants, toning sounds, and certain kinds of music can help the Muladhara. The chakra responds to the “C” note, and chanting LAM as a mantra resonates to the root chakra and stimulates it. As well, listening to a binaural beats track for chakra awakening can help, like the one below. Using carefully plotted binaural beat and isochronic tone frequencies, this all-in-one chakra meditational music track will help and guide you throughout your session. Each music segment will fade out indicating the next chakra point you need to focus on. Close your eyes. Feel the vibrations flow through you, and awaken with a much more relaxed state of being. Be One with yourself and your surroundings.
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