The Root Chakra- All you need to know about your first chakra

The Root Chakra: All you need to know about your first Chakra

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Welcome you, beautiful SOUL!

The Root Chakra is the first chakra and it’s also one of the most important ones because, without a healthy root, there can be no other. It’s your foundation for grounding to the earth and giving you stability. It affects your sense of safety and security.  It has a deep connection with your physical body, mental health, emotions, and spiritual well-being.

This blog post will explore the root chakra, the key characteristics, the teachings of this Chakra, what it means to have an imbalanced root chakra as well as ways you can balance it for yourself and others. 

The energy of this chakra moves downwards from your spine into your pelvic area so that you are grounded in yourself as well as in with what is happening around you.

This chakra also relates to our survival instincts, which include our sexuality and sensuality. You’ll find that many people who have an imbalance or blockage in their roots may have low self-esteem, feel unworthy or undeserving; they may struggle with intimacy issues due to fear, insecurity, or shame.

There are seven main chakras in the body!

If you need an overview of the 7 main chakras- Check out A Complete Guide to the 7 Main Chakras

The Root Chakra- All you need to know about your first chakra

I am so thrilled to teach you about your Root Chakra! This post may contain some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission, at no additional cost to you! Read my full disclosure here.

The Root Chakra at a Glance

The Root Chakra, also known as Muladhara in Sanskrit (foundation), is located at the base of our spine. The most basic function of this chakra is to take care and preserve our senses for stability, strength, safety, and commitment just like a foundation would keep everything stable.

It governs self-preservation by keeping us grounded or safe enough to explore new territory without fear for ourselves.

The Root Chakra is important to the chakra system because without “roots” it will compromise the entire chakra system, which affects all of our mind, body, and spirit. Only when we feel that our essential needs are met, can we start to grow and heal the rest of the chakras.

The Root Chakra is also believed to be connected with the life force, Kundalini, which can be awakened and moves up the spine into other chakras.

This chakra is associated with the color red which symbolizes primal instincts of strength and vitality. The element it deals with is the Earth.

The mantra for this chakra is “I AM” and will cleanse the aura and energy field. This mantra will keep you grounded and connected with the Earth. Chanting the LAM seed mantra will also have positive effects on this chakra.

Key Characterics of the Root Chakra

The Root Chakra is said to be the “who am I in relation to others” chakra. It’s associated with the following functions or behavioral characteristics

  • Basic Needs (food, sex, shelter, water, sleep, self-preservation)
  • Mental and Emotional Health
  • Security and Safety
  • Survival
  • Grounding
  • Physical identity and aspects of self
  • Support for living our lives
  • Feelings of wanted, needed, and nourished

What the Root Chakra Teaches us

This Chakra teaches us about willpower and how to break free from the emotional baggage that holds us back from accomplishing what we want. We will feel safe and secure, as well as grounded.

If we feel emotionally needy or can’t take responsibility for our own actions that means there may be a block that we have to work on.

If we have blocks in this chakra everything will be distorted. Living life becomes scary and unstable because our “roots” were not properly rooted in a positive way.

Remember, the Root Chakra provides the foundation for which we build our life. It helps us feel safe and secure while allowing us to grow. We feel safe exploring ourselves and diving deeper into who we are. The root chakra is where we ground ourselves to the Earth and anchor our energy so we can manifest the world we desire.

Sometimes we forget the importance of the Root Chakra! “THE ROOTS” is where everything starts!

How can we expect a tree to stand tall and produce the fruit if it has no roots to support its growth?

Signs of an Imbalanced Root Chakra

  • Challenges with physical health
  • Overactive/underactive energy with feelings of anxiety and mental fatigue
  • Emotionally Needy/self centered/ destructive patterns
  • Hoarding
  • Can’t acknowledge personal responsisbility (blames others)
  • Lack mindset
  • Materalistic
  • Feel abandoned
  • Afraid of change
  • Bad money relationship
  • Obesity/ Anorexia
  • Constipation/ Diarrhea
  • Lower Back Pain- Sciatica
  • Poor Circulation
  • Skin Conditions
  • Immune related Issues

For someone who has a blocked/imbalanced Root Chakra, it can be difficult to feel safe and secure in the world. It can lead to thoughts and actions based on a sense of lack and fear.

When the Root Chakra is overactive just the opposite happens. That fear could turn to greed, envy, and paranoia.

How to Balance/Heal/ Open the Root Chakra

There are many ways to balance the Root Chakra. For example, You could do more grounding work such as hiking in nature, being out in nature, gardening, connecting with the earth, and healthy eating (just to name a few).

It’s really ok to march to the beat of your own drums, go out barefoot and walk around, get dirt in between your toes, laugh, and truly be grateful for all you have and the people that make you happy!

The idea here is to balance your “roots” in a safe environment. So do more of what grounds you!

  • Hiking
  • Being present in nature
  • places that bring you Joy and Harmony
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Healthy Eating
  • Mindfulness
  • Awareness- What are the thoughts going through your head?
  • Yoga
  • Healing/ Energy Work
  • Grounding meditations and techniques
  • Do 2 things you absoluetly love doing EVERYDAY!

Connecting deeper to your Root Chakra

Thankfully, there are more ways to connect you with your Root Chakra.

Physical Activity and YOGA Poses

The first one is moving your amazing incredible body! Yes, physical exercise has a very powerful effect on your Root Chakra. Specifically, Yoga poses such as

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  • Child’s Pose
  • Eagle Pose
  • Garland Pose
  • Lotus
  • Mountain Pose
  • Standing Forward Bend
  • Triangle Pose
  • Tree Pose
  • Warrior One
  • Warrior Two
Yoga Poses that open and balance the Root Chakra

Child's Pose
Eagle Pose
Garland Pose
Lotus
Mountain Pose
Standing Forward Bend
Triangle Pose 
Tree Pose
Warrior One
Warrior Two

Breathwork/ Breathing

Deep Breathing and Breathwork has truly changed my life and has helped me align with my Chakras! The breath is powerful and often overlooked a lot of the time. It is the bridge between the non-physical mind and the physical body.

You can find a breathwork video that incorporates grounding techniques along with visualization that will help realign the Root Chakra.

There is a visualization exercise in my blog post, A Complete Guide to the 7 Main Chakras

Targeted Mediatations for the Root Chakra

You can find many chakra balancing meditations online these days that are Chakra specific. You must find the one that works for you because we are all unique and different. These will begin to realign your chakras using sound vibration.

Sound Baths/ Sound Healing

Since we just talked about vibration, let’s not forget how powerful sound baths are. Again these can also be found online or at a yoga studio. They use the singing bowls to produce a certain sound or frequency that heals and aligns the chakras. (all depends on the bowls they are using)

Meditations with the Seed Mantra

You can also look online for mantras that are associated with the Chakra you want to balance.

For the Root Chakra, it would be the “I AM” mantra that is pronounced LAM. While chanting this mantra it resonates a certain frequency in your body that heals.

Affirmations that are Chakra Specfic

Affirmations are another powerful way to balance and align the Chakras. Yes, there are affirmations for each Chakra and you would take the affirmations and turn them into repeating mantras.

There are many affirmations, but chose the ones with which you personally resonate. Some are going to touch you more than others. Use the ones that you need.

Affirmations for the Root Chara are:

If you are interested, I am linking some affirmations decks so that you can implement this into your everyday life:)

  • I am one with all living beings
  • I have deep roots
  • I trust more, I fear less
  • With every breath, I release anxiety and fear
  • I am centered and grounded
  • I am here and I AM safe
  • I have everything I need to create the life I desire
  • I am nourished in every way
  • I am grounded to the Earth and her energy makes me stronger

Essential Oils/ Aromatherapy

Essential Oils/ Aromatherapy is also used for grounding with scents such as

These oils will bring balance back into your Root Chakra

Crystals

If you are having trouble grounding yourself both physically and mentally, certain crystals will help to balance and align the Root Chakra. Some Root Chakra Crystals are:

Food

We don’t realize that what we eat also affects our Chakras. This chakra is associated with the color red so eating bright red whole foods would help this chakra. Just to start you out I listed some below.

  • Root Vegetables
  • Mushrooms
  • Kefir/Yogurt (vegan)
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Red grapefruit
  • Pomegranate
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Red Pears
  • Red Peppers
  • Radishes

The Root Chakra must be in good shape in order to feel grounded to our identities, be comfortable in our own skin, and truly let ourselves shine into who we are.

When you find balance in the Root Chakra, you will find balance in all areas of your life.

IT ALL STARTS WITH THE ROOT CHAKRA!

The Root Chakra

1st Chakra

Root/ Muladhara in Sanskrit

In charge of- Survival, Security, Safety 

Emotional Beliefs- Abandonment, Rejection, Safety

Related health issues- Hemorrhoids, constipation, colitis

Core Negative beliefs- I don’t belong, I’m unsafe

Core Positive Beliefs- I belong, I’m safe and secure

Lesson- I am connected

To sum this all up: When the Root Chakra is awakened and energy is flowing it will bring positivity to all aspects of your life! It improves confidence and increases self-worth! The Root Chakra allows you to harness courage and preserver in hard times.

More articles on Chakras

Getting to know your 7 Main Chakras
DIY Balance and Healing Chakra Tote Bag
The Sacral Chakra- All you need to know about your second Chakra
The Solar Plexus Chakra-All you need to know about your third chakra
The heart Chakra- All you need to know about your fourth chakra

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2 thoughts on “The Root Chakra: All you need to know about your first Chakra”

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!!!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this amazing article! I will report back on what I am doing and how it is helping:)

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