Situated just below the tailbone lies the root chakra (Muladhara). The first chakra is the very foundation of the entire chakra system, helping to form a stable point for growth. It is connected to our sense of belonging, security, stability, and grounding. It is represented by the colour red with a four-petalled lotus flower.
In order to thrive to our fullest, we need to begin with a strong foundation. The role of this chakra is to provide this foundation, allowing us to stay rooted in the centre of our beings. From this stability, it becomes easier to balance the rest of our minds, bodies, and souls. In this way, the first chakra is the most important of all chakras.
What lessons can the root chakra and how can we tell if this chakra is out of balance? Let’s have a look.
A Guide to the Root Chakra
As we have moved downwards through the chakras, we have moved from high consciousness (crown chakra) to intuition (third eye chakra), expression (throat chakra), love (heart chakra), energy (solar plexus chakra), and sensuality (sacral chakra). The first chakra is all about grounding. Connecting to our true selves requires a very strong sense of self. It requires calmness, peace, and an ability to feel secure in ourselves.
Signs that this chakra is out of balance could include the following:
- Feelings of anger or rage
- A sense of emotional disconnection
- Worry and overthinking
- Instability and restlessness
- Feeling ungrounded or unstable
There are a couple of ways to keep this chakra aligned. Guided or solo meditation is always a good tool to connect to yourself. Journalling can also be helpful to write out your worries and fears or ease your anger. You can also try affirmations such as:
I am safe and protected
I am connected to my inner self
I am rooted and strong
I am grounded and centred
Essential oils for the first chakra include ylang-ylang, vetiver, cinnamon, and cypress. Crystals include red jasper, garnet, bloodstone, and carnelian. A great yoga sequence for this chakra is this Grounding Yin Yoga for Belonging & Acceptance.
And that concludes our chakra series. I hope this series has offered some insight and help. I will be doing more content on the various chakra, including the root chakra.