According to certain Hindu, Buddhist or Yogic believers, chakras are centers in the body of energy pertaining to different aspects, which help in energy exchange with the world. It is a complex and fascinating thing to learn about. There are various chakras in the body and the base is the root chakra, which is attributed to as providing energy to the remaining chakras in the body. If there is any disturbance or unbalance in it, the remaining chakras get affected as well. For this reason, the root chakra is called the foundation, which should remain balanced so that the entire system remains healthy. Once this happens, there is renewable energy in the body which can make one feel confident, stable and physically alive.
What Is Root Chakra?
What Is Chakra?
In Sanskrit, chakra means a wheel. Like a network of wheels, the energy and consciousness from one wheel moves to another in a spiral motion. The body is made up of such spinning wheels which are energy centers, called chakras. They flow energy from one part to the other. Human body consists of 7 chakras, which are related to light, color and sound. In the image below, the names of each of the chakras along with their location and color have been shown. To keep in good health, the chakras should be in complete alignment to each other and in balance.
What Is Root Chakra?
The root chakra is also referred to as the base or first chakra. In Sanskrit, it is called “Muladhara”. The location of this chakra is the spinal base and groin region. It is the base or animal nature and also has smell and taste associated with it. The organs it is associated with are the adrenal glands, muscles, the kidneys and arterial blood.
It is the energy foundation, which links us to the physical body – which includes the world, strength and sustenance. The manifestation of the root chakra is motivated by ensuring survival of the body with nutrition, relaxation and sexual expression. On a spiritual front, it is protecting the integrity of the individual. From the solid base of this chakra, the equilibrium to move to increased awareness is established.
Imbalances in Root Chakra
It is important to know how to balance root chakra. A good balanced root chakra will help in feeling secured in your surroundings, and make daily tasks effortless as well. It is also responsible for helping a person to live without doubts, have things working out for you – in money matters, career or relationships. If a person's root chakra is not balanced, he will suffer a lot and face the following symptoms:
Loss or gain in weight
Sex drive being over or underactive
Poor immune system
Anemia & depression
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Restlessness and anxiety
Having nightmares or being fearful
No interest in the real world or surviving practically
Selfishness and Obsession
In case the above mentioned symptoms are noticed in any person, their root chakra can be imbalanced. In the steps given below you can find out about root chakra healing.
8 Effective Ways to Balance Your Root Chakra
The color associated with the root chakra is red. To balance the chakra, a person can start picturing a red colored lotus at the base of the spine. Another way is to focus on the root chakra when red colored candles are lit.
Red color brings balance and energy to the root chakra. Other things which can be tried are wearing red clothes, eating red colored foods and even painting the toe nails red.
By means of meditation the red energy can be brought down in the root chakra area.
Including foods like strawberries, red cabbage and red apples can be beneficial. Earthy foods like carrots, beets, ginger or foods which have roots should be eaten, as they energize the root chakra. High protein foods like eggs, meat, nuts and beans are also good.
Natural oils extracted from various parts of plants like flowers, stems, leaves, roots and barks to benefit the physical and psychological well-being of a person is called aromatherapy.
It is beneficial in improving brain function, pain relief, increasing cognitive function, enhancing mood and whole body healing.
A huge variety of essential oils are available with specific healing properties.
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. The yoga asanas which are rooted and help you be grounded and increase the connection with earth are the best one for root chakra.
The physical core of the body according to the root chakra is the spinal column and the sacro-coccygeal nerve plexus. The root chakra is connected to the energy from the earth by the legs and the feet. To stimulate the energy flow in the root chakra region, the legs, feet and gluteal muscles should be massaged.
Essential oils like Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Myrrh, Cedarwood, Galbanum, Angelica, Frankincense, Benzoin, St.John’s Wort and other root oils can be used for the massage.
Mudras are hand positions used in meditations which help in opening the chakras. Specific mudras can send more energy to specific chakras. To increase the effect, sounds from Sanskrit letters, are chanted along with the mudra practice. The following steps can be followed:
Touch the tip of the thumb and the index finger.
Focus on the Root Chakra or the spot between the anus and the genitals.
Chant the Sanskrit word which sounds like LAM.
Being Close to Nature
The element of the root chakra is the earth. Being close to nature, the sound and smell of nature has a positive effect on the root chakra. Sitting on grass or under a tree helps in absorbing the earthly energies and is an ideal spot for this activity.
The ‘C’ note causes harmonious vibrations in the root chakra, as well as the chanting of the LAM sound, which has a positive effect on it.
You can watch the video below to learn how to practice chakra healing through sound: