According to some spiritual beliefs, our bodies contain an energetic system known as chakras. Chakras are a Sanskrit term that literally translates to “wheel” or “cycle”. The root chakra is where the biggest energy, Kundalini, first awakens. This point is thought to rise to the level of the white spot in the head. An imbalance in the Muladhara Chakra can lead to a range of mental diseases and stress.
An elephant with seven trunks is the root chakra’s principal symbolic animal. Mantra and sadhana (meditative practise) are two goads that can be used to subdue this elephant. It is possible to heal quickly by identifying and working with your chakras. Unblocking your Root Chakra can be done in a variety of ways. A meditation that focuses on grounding is one of the methods.
Regular yoga practice improves the body’s physical and mental power. Virabhadrasana is a wonderful position for calming and centring a frantic mind. Half Bridge Pose (Ardha Setu Bandhasana) stimulates the throat and heart chakras while releasing excess root chakra energy. Easy Monkey Pose (Sukha Hanumanasana) stretches the psoas and quad muscles deeply. Mountain Pose allows us to feel centred and focused by balancing and relaxing.
A deep-link to our earthly impulses is created by a healthy and balanced Root Chakra. The Muladhara Chakra’s energy empowers everyone to summon strength and tenacity during difficult circumstances.
What are Chakras?
According to some spiritual beliefs, our bodies are more than simply physical and mental; they also contain an energetic system known as chakras. Chakra is a Sanskrit term that literally translates to “wheel” or “cycle.”
There are seven primary chakras that run the length of your spine, from the base to the crown of your head. This age-old idea has been incorporated into numerous New Age thought systems.
Chakras are supposed to provide subtle energy that aids in the optimal functioning of your organs, mind, and intellect. Chakras and spiritual energy have not been properly studied in medical studies, but they may, like any religion or belief, help you think about your own mind and body.
Introduction to Muladhara Chakra (Root Chakra)
One of the energy transmitters positioned around our tailbone is the Mooladhara Chakra. It is known as the root chakra in modern language because it is located at the base of the tailbone and serves as the foundation for our spiritual growth.
The root chakra is commonly referred to as the “base of the energy body.” The root chakra is where the biggest energy, Kundalini, first awakens. It’s also known as “the red Bindu’s seat” or “the subtle location.” This point is thought to rise to the level of the white spot in the head, which signifies the fusion of female and male forces, Shakti and Shiva.
The Muladhara Chakra’s traits
- Prithvi is the earth element.
The Root Chakra’s energies assist us in discovering our deep connection to the Earth. Keeping us connected to our inner selves promotes happiness and positivity in our lives. It has to do with our primitive survival, stability, and support requirements. It also depicts the bones, flesh, and skin of our bodies.
- The intensity of the colour red
Each of the seven chakras is connected to a specific hue. Red is the primary colour of the Root Chakra, which represents the primaeval instincts of power and energy. In both our physical and mental survival and self-preservation, the colour red plays a big role.
- Muladhara Chakra’s physical focus
Our essential needs are food, water, shelter, and survival. Muladhara Chakra’s principal goal is to meet these basic necessities. Overeating, material hoarding, and money greed are just a few examples of maladaptive survival behaviours.
These are symptoms of a skewed Muladhara Chakra. Our root chakra becomes dysfunctional when our basic survival needs are not satisfied, causing a separation from our earthly ideals.
- Mental and emotional well-being
Emotional power, such as letting go of fear and anxiety, can be gained from a healthy root chakra. As a result, you’ll feel more grounded and secure. An imbalance in the root chakra can lead to a range of mental diseases and stress, as well as affect overall health.
Main symbolic animal of the root chakra
The elephant with seven trunks is the root chakra’s principal symbolic animal. The elephant is a symbol of intelligence and riches, as well as the bearer of Lord Brahma, the creator (responsible for creation and knowledge).
The elephant represents the vast wisdom that lies dormant in the root chakra and must be brought into the light of awareness.
In Hindu mythology, the number seven is auspicious. The elephant’s seven trunks represent seven physiological parts, seven minerals, seven gems, and seven levels of consciousness. Seeing oneself riding an elephant in a dream, especially a white elephant is seen to be a good omen.
A little goad is all it takes to manage a massive and powerful elephant.
A wild elephant is often equated to the mind and senses, which are always fluctuating and allure a person to do wrong. Mantra (enchanting) and sadhana (meditative practise) are two goads that can be used to subdue this elephant (discipline).
Muladhara Chakra Blocked Symptoms
When the Muladhara Chakra is blocked or unbalanced, it can result in mental tension that manifests physically. The following are signs of a Muladhara Chakra imbalance:
- Feelings of despair or lethargy
- Incapable of taking action and/or expressing intent
- Feelings of isolation and disconnection
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Disorders of the digestive system
- Problems with the colon, bladder and lower back are examples of health difficulties.
- Aches and pains in the body that aren’t explained
- Problems with reproduction
How do you awaken the Muladhara Chakra?
Muladhara Chakra Bija Mantra (seed mantra) – ‘LAM’ is the root chakra’s seed mantra. It’s been described as the sound of spiritual enlightenment. The energy at this level is supposed to be activated when LAM is enchanted with attention and focus aimed towards the root chakra.
Lord Brahma is thought to be within the Bindu, the dot over the Sanskrit phrase la. He has four faces and four arms and is a deep crimson colour. In each of his hands, he holds a stick, a sacred vase of nectar, a meditation chain of beads, and a gesture of dispersing fear.
Instead of the staff and bead chain, he is pictured holding a lotus flower and religious literature in his hands. The lord is seated on his swan-like carriage.
His shakti, the goddess Dakini, is shown alongside him. She has three eyes and four arms, red or white skin, and is sitting on a swan, her vehicle, holding a trident, a skulled stick, a swan, and a drinking glass in each of her arms. In other portrayals, she is also portrayed clutching a sword and a shield instead of the swan and vessel. (reference)
Chanting this mantra helps to release tensions and blockages in the chakra while also stimulating its vitality.
The energies that have been dormant within us are reawakened. In the root chakra, along with pleasant feelings, one may also experience painful feelings. Hurts and disappointments that have been buried deep inside our consciousness come to the surface to be healed and resolved.
Negative emotions cannot be washed out unless they are awakened and brought to the surface. As a result, it is critical to awaken the root chakra.
Disappointments can also be used as stepping stones to self-improvement. When these are worked out and brought to the surface in the root chakra, they can be converted into beneficial experiences and viewed in a new light as chances for growth.
This begins a path of self-discovery and spiritual growth. If we do not work on these negative emotions, they will remain hidden in the shadows of the root chakra’s closed closets, manifesting as unconsciousness and negative energies, and our spiritual path will never begin. We are still engulfed in whirlpools of torment, pain, and sorrow.
Muladhara Chakra Unblocking and Opening
It is possible to heal quickly by identifying and working with your chakras. Unblocking your Root Chakra can be done in a variety of ways. A meditation that focuses on grounding is one of the methods. Regular yoga practice improves the body’s physical and mental power.
Positive affirmations can help you set goals to change old behaviours and form new ones.
The following are some positive affirmations that can aid in the strengthening of your Root Chakra:
- I have a sense of safety and security.
- I’m a person with profound roots.
- I’m firmly planted.
- I’ve found my inner calm.
- I am more trusting and brave.
- I am self-aware and take care of my health.
- All options are on the table for me.
Yoga Asanas for Root Chakra Balance
Shavasana (Corpse Pose)
It is a yoga posture that is similar to a corpse.
Allow the earth underneath you to totally support you and let go of every stress in your body. With each inhalation and exhale, remind yourself, “I am safe, I am supported.”
Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara)
Sun Salutations assist you in accessing your inner strength and sense of connection to the earth. From within, you’ll notice a gentle, steady rise in temperature. As you connect with each inhale and exhale, you will feel a sense of power and focus. As you progress deeper into your moving meditation, you will note how the mind surrenders to the present moment. If you’re comfortable doing so, close your eyes.
Child’s Pose (Shashankasana)
Allow your entire body to unwind. Consider how it feels to have the ground beneath your feet entirely support you. Allow yourself to be carried through your practice by this mix of surrender and support.
Half Bridge Pose (Ardha Setu Bandhasana)
This stance allows you to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground. The spine also stimulates the throat and heart chakras while releasing excess root chakra energy.
Easy Monkey Pose | Sukha Hanumanasana
The psoas and quad muscles are stretched deeply in this stance. These muscles are linked to the first chakra energy centre and are related to our fight-or-flight response. Here, take 5 deep breaths to give your muscles time to change any remaining fight or flight energy into a brave yet tranquil inner strength.
Garland Pose (Malasana)
Our feet are our roots, and we sense the energy of the earth via them. Tuck your toes under as you lay on your knees to awaken the fascia of your feet’s soles. Before releasing, hold for one minute. Rep three times more.
Standing Forward Bend | Uttanasana
Uttanasana is a wonderful position for calming and centring a frantic mind. Simultaneously, it extends the hamstrings and reduces stress throughout the back.
Warrior II | Virabhadrasana II
“Fierce warrior” is the meaning of Virabhadrasana. While both feet are firmly on the ground, this position stimulates the body’s natural flow of energy, allowing you to tap into your inner reserves of strength and resolve.
Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
Balance, concentration, and focus are all improved with this yoga asana. It balances the function of the big intestines and adrenals by stimulating the Root Chakra. The tendons and ligaments of the feet are also strengthened and toned. The hip joints, groin, and inner thighs are all relieved by Tree Pose.
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Tadasana strengthens the spinal muscles while also improving posture. The natural alignment of the body is restored in this yoga asana. Regularly practising this asana increases mental awareness by bringing quiet and peace to the mind. Mountain Pose allows us to feel centred and focused by balancing and relaxing.
Getting back in touch with nature
Nature Therapy is one of the most efficient techniques to treat not only the Root Chakra but our entire being as well. We lose our connection to nature and the environment as we spend more time indoors owing to the modern work culture. Lack of exposure to the outdoors can be harmful to one’s health as well as mentally taxing. Anxiety, a lack of self-confidence, and a blocked Root Chakra result from this.
Spending time strolling in rejuvenating nature can be the only therapy we require at times. Peace and harmony can be found in the sensation of grass beneath your feet, the smell of the ocean wind, the sound of chirping birds, and a moment of privacy beneath the shade of a tree.
In a nutshell
When the Muladhara Chakra is activated and energy is flowing freely, it brings happiness into our lives in all areas. A deep-link to our earthly impulses is created by a healthy and balanced Root Chakra. It boosts self-esteem and boosts overall confidence.
The Muladhara Chakra’s energy empowers everyone to summon strength and tenacity during difficult circumstances.