The first of the seven main chakras, is located around the tailbone at the end of your spine. It controls the area of good health in our bodies and gives a sense of security to the earth.
Root Chakra Symbol and Chart
Taken from anahana.com
Location: Base of the spine
Bija Mantra: LAM (sounds like llama)
Sanskrit Name: Muladhara (meaning: root, foundation)
History of Root Chakra
The chakra system came into existence between 500BC-1500BC in India. It was first mentioned in the text of the Vedas and introduced as an energy system.
The Root chakra represents the earth and is the first of the energy system that provides the body with a foundation and grounding. In Sanskrit, the root chakra is called Muladhara Chakra, which means root (Mula) and base or support (adhara).
What Does The Root Chakra Do
The root chakra is the foundation of the human body and should be examined in that way. Much like a house, the Root is the base of everything. It is in the root there is stability and security. The root chakra is also spiritually connected to the earth and all that is around us. A balanced root will provide a feeling of security and safety. During your life when the root chakra is out of balance it may cause all the other chakras to be out of balance also.
The root chakra is spiritually powerful and connected to a person’s ancestral history which means they can carry the energies from the times of their ancestors. These energies may cause traumatic behaviors if healing doesn’t take place. There are a number of yoga poses/stretches that help to heal the root.
When your root chakra is blocked you may see the following symptoms:
PHYSICAL SIGNS OF A BLOCKED ROOT CHAKRA:
- Weight gain
- Weight loss
- Pelvic pain
MENTAL SYMPTOMS OF A BLOCKED ROOT CHAKRA:
- Anxiety disorders
- Poor focus
- Feeling lethargic
- Weak self-esteem
There are other physical and mental ailments that are directly connected to the root chakra.
HOW CAN YOU UNBLOCK YOUR ROOT CHAKRA
When you have a balanced root chakra then you will feel connected to your surroundings and nature. A balanced root chakra provides a sense of calmness within and can help one to stay focused on goals.
Here are some ways to find balance with the root chakra:
- Standing Forward Fold
- Garland Pose (Malasana):
- Tree Pose (Vrikshasana): T
- Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana)
- Cooling Breathing (Sitali Pranayama)
Questions You May Still Have?
How does it feel when the root chakra is opened and balanced?
There is a sense of safety with a person when they are feeling balanced. A balanced root will also give an individual confidence and an ability to feel comfortable in the world.
Can the root chakra be overactive?
When your root chakra is overactive you could experience a variety of symptoms such as panic, anxiety, low self-esteem, and eating disorders.
WHY DOES MY ROOT CHAKRA HURT?
If you are feeling pain in the pelvic area it can be a sign that the root chakra is unbalanced.
Can Stones or Crystals Help The Root Chakra?
There are a variety of stones/crystals considered to be helpful with the root chakra and often are used together with other stones/crystals for more beneficial healing.
bloodstone, tiger’s eye, smokey quartz, moss agate, black onyx, red jasper, carnelian, garnet, black obsidian, hematite, and black tourmaline.
These stones and crystals may be combined with your daily meditation, in home accents, jewelry made with them, and having them close to your physical being.
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