Root Chakra: Guide to Getting Grounded

By Carolina Cuartas - February 27, 2020

The root chakra represents our foundation. On the human body, it sits at the base of the spine and gives us the feeling of being grounded. When the root chakra is open, we feel confident in our ability to withstand challenges and stand on our own two feet. When it’s blocked, we feel threatened, as if we’re standing on unstable ground.

  • Location: Base of spine
  • Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
  • Mantra: “I can’t grow from an unsteady foundation.”
  • Color: Red
  • Element: Earth
  • Stone: Red Jasper

Key Characteristics:

  • Security, safety
  • Survival
  • Basic needs (food, sleep, shelter, self-preservation, etc.)
  • Physicality, physical identity and aspects of self
  • Grounding
  • Support and foundation for living our lives

This is the base of the chakras. The Root Chakra is out primal souce for creating that firm foundation and controls confidence, strength, and digestive health. Life a tree, the only way to ascent to greater heights is to get out roots firmly in place. Located at the base of the spine, it allows us to feel secure, stable, and safe. It also is about survival and ensures our most basic needs are met. The Root Chakra rules over the large intestine, feet, legs, back, skeletal structure, and blood (Source).

In Balance:

Feelings whens the Root Chakra is aligned is strong, grounded, and safe. A sense of calm by knowing that your most basic needs are taken care of an fulfilled. A balanced chakra will help allow you to embrace change, explore, and take on new challenges.

Out of Balance:

You may be in a anxious and insecure state when this chakra is out of balance. You’ll be driven away from pursing the things you want. Physically, you may feel tired and pain in your legs, feet, and back.

Symptoms of blockage:

  • Constipation
  • Sciatica
  • Eating Disorders
  • Problems with back, legs, feet, and lower body.
  • Fear of enough money/job instability
  • Lacking energy
  • Feeling ungrounded
  • Not feeling secure

How To Heal:

The easiest way to heal is by mediating in nature. This will help ground you by allowing yourself to feel the Earth beneath you. Using essential oils like Sandalwood and Vetiver and gemstones like Jasper, Hermatite, and Garnet. Eating foods like root vegetables, spicy foods, and red foods. Futhermore, practicing yoga can help get balance your Root Chakra. Some yoga poses you can try are Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II), Standing Foward Fold (Uttanasana), Garland Pose (Malasana), Head to Knee Forward Bend (Janu Sirsasana, Mountain Pose (Tadasana), and Easy Pose (Sukhasana).

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