First Chakra: Root chakra – Base chakra

 Root Chakra Balancing

Muladhara, also known as the 1st or root chakra, is located at the base of the spine. The root chakra is responsible for your sense of safety and security on this earthly journey. The word Muladhara breaks down into two Sanskrit words: Mula meaning “root” and Adhara, which means “support” or “base.”

The Muladhara is the chakra of stability, security, and our basic needs. It encompasses the first three vertebrae, the bladder, and the colon. When this chakra is open, we feel safe and fearless.

Endocrine glands, spinal column, bones, teeth, nails, anus, rectum, colon, prostrate gland, blood and building of cells are all effected by the root chakra.

If your root chakra is in balance, you will safe and secure. Your daily tasks will seem effortless. You will have good health, and happiness in Career and Life.

Signs your first chakra is weak:

  • Increase in worry about finances or job stability
  • Immune disorders: frequent illness, general poor health
  • Loss or gain in weight
  • Sex drive being over or under-active
  • Questioning or concern of your life or career path
  • Lack of confidence in dealing with anything outside
  • Increase in nervousness or anxiety in general
  • Eating disorders and/or mal-nourishment
  • Lack of stamina, tiredness            
  • Becoming afraid, restless, anxious in daily interactions
  • Experiencing  anxiety, disorders, fear or nightmares
  • Colon disorders, bowel problems

Simple ways to balance your root chakra

Mudra Practice:  Mudras are hand positions used in meditations which help in opening the chakras. From any sitting position, inhale deeply into your lower belly. Touch the tip of the thumb and the index finger. Focus on the Root Chakra or the spot between the anus and the genitals.

Yoga: Yoga is one of the best forms of exercise to balance the chakras. This is because yoga asanas are beneficial for the body, mind, spirit and emotions.

Sit in a cross-legged position and grab your knees with your hands. Slowly rotate your hips and waist in a clockwise circle. Imagine that your navel is tracing as wide a circle around your seated center position as possible.

Use your arms as leverage (as shown by figures 2 and 3). Keep the movement slow and steady, breathing naturally but without trying to synchronize your breath with your movement. Breathe through your nose if you can.  

Continue this clockwise movement for twenty to thirty seconds. Now reverse the direction and begin in a counter clockwise direction, for another twenty to thirty seconds.

Get plenty of rest: During sleep our body rejuvenates, replenishes and rebuilds. To keep our minds and bodies healthy and working at their optimum capacity, it’s important to get plenty of rest.

Go for a walk: Being in nature with the sounds and smells of nature has a positive effect on the root chakra. Take a leisurely walk, preferably bare foot, and feel how your feet connect you to the earth. When we walk in nature, it helps us connect with the earth. It helps us to feel connected to the world we live in.