The root chakra is the first of the seven chakras. Did you know if your favorite color is red, it has a lot to say about your root chakra? You may experience more issues in the lower chakra. When out of balance, you could feel worrisome and depressed. And an overactive root chakra can lead to materialism or hoarding things you no longer need. No need to worry, in this blog post six root chakra healing tips on how to heal and balance the Muladhara will be provided.
What is the root chakra?
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine, near the tailbone. Its Sanskrit name is the Muladhara, which translates to root. The Muladhara’s affirmation is “I AM”. The root chakra’s frequency is 396hz making it the color red and a vital connection to the element of Earth. The root chakra is responsible for our sense of security and stability. When the lower chakra is healthy, we feel grounded, safe, secure, and connected to the earth.
What are the signs of an out-of-balance root chakra?
The Muladhara chakra associated body parts are the legs, feet, bones, and teeth. When out of balance, you could experience issues with those body parts. Issues like back pain, constipation, or fatigue can play a part.
Some other signs of an out-of-balance root chakra include:
- Feeling depressed
- Feeling unsafe or threatened
- Having a lack of motivation or drive
- Feeling disconnected from people
- Worrying and not feeling confident in yourself
- Difficulties making decisions
- Being materialistic or overly concerned with security
How to unblock the root chakra?
How to activate your root chakra? There are many ways to heal and balance the lower chakra. Six common practices include:
- Yoga: Yoga poses that focus on the legs and feet can help to stimulate the root chakra.
- Meditation: Affirming and meditating can help to connect us back to our roots.
- Grounding exercises: Grounding exercises like walking barefoot on the Earth grounds us through electromagnetic energy.
- Diet: Eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help to support the root chakra.
- Crystals: Root chakra crystals such as red jasper, carnelian, and obsidian can help to balance the first chakra.
- Journaling: Practicing journal prompts like shadow work to work through deep rooted issues.
Practice Muladhara chakra yoga poses to feel grounded and connected. The Muladhara focuses on the legs and feet. Here are a few root chakra yoga poses that direct energy to the legs and feet.
- Downward facing dog
- Garland pose (deep squat)
- Side lunge
- Forward fold
- Child’s pose
- Corpse pose
- Tree pose
- Mountain pose
- Warrior II
It’s best to practice these yoga poses outdoors in the elements to connect to the Earth. Another tip is to chant the root chakra mantra “LAM” during poses to promote healing.
2. Perform a Grounding Exercise
Grounding exercises are very beneficial, supplying electromagnetic energy for healing and opening the root chakra.
Barefoot walking. A popular lower chakra grounding exercise is taking barefoot walks in nature. The ground contains electromagnetic properties that can heal our chakra system. Walking on dirt, grass, water, or concrete the sun has touched contains electromagnetic energy. To receive the most electromagnetism, walk outside after a thunderstorm.
3. Meditation Practices
What are some root chakra healing meditative practices? For the visualizes and affirmers:
Embodying the mold of a tree. When you see a tree, you mostly see a trunk with branches and leaves. The tree is very stable and can withstand storms and all types of weather, due to its roots grasping to the dirt and rocks below. Now imagine yourself as a tree with roots deeply connected to the Earth.
Affirm I am safe and grounded.
Root chakra mudra. Sit down in a criss-cross style and press the index finger upon the thumb while relaxing the other three fingers.
Affirm I am exactly where I am meant to be
Stare at something red. Buy a chakra wall art. Staring at the color red and the Muladhara symbol signals your subconscious mind to heal the root chakra.
Affirm I am rooted in peace
The way you eat plays a huge role in the chakras. Eating less processed food and more whole foods will help activate your lower chakra. Foods that resemble the root chakra are red such as:
5. Root Chakra Crystals
Crystals are older than us and have spent lots of time charging up and benefiting from the electromagnetic underground system. Therefore, crystals are powerful tools in healing our chakra system.
Each crystal holds a special frequency that can help tune the root chakra’s frequency back to 396hz. Ways to use crystals are by holding crystals while meditating, taking a crystal on walks with you, or sleeping with a crystal underneath your pillow. Where to place crystal for root chakra? It can be on your feet, lower abdomen, and legs. Root chakra crystals are:
- Obsidian – protects your aura against negative energy
- Red Jasper – a grounding crystal that helps with built-up aggressive energy
- Jet – purifies and removes blockages in the root chakra
- Garnet – promotes physical, mental, and spiritual healing
- Hematite – has a metallic-like appearance with grounding and balancing properties
- Bloodstone – increases energy and regulates blood flow restrictions
Tip: Bury your crystal back into the Earth to enhance its electromagnetic abilities.
6. Root Chakra Journal Prompts
Fear, trauma, and insecurities can lie in the root chakra if allowed. A beneficial journaling technique that is connected to the lower chakra is shadow work. Shadow work is an essential part of personal growth and development.
Shadow work is the process of discovering the parts of ourselves that we have rejected or disowned. These parts are often seen as negative or undesirable, but they are an essential part of who we are. An example of an undesirable trait can be perfectionism tendencies or having a quick temper.
Shadow work can be a challenging and uncomfortable process, but it is deeply healing. When we acknowledge and accept our shadow side, we become more whole and complete. Making us better able to love and accept ourselves and others. Here is a few root chakra and shadow work journal prompts to ask yourself.
- What do I need right now?
- What made me feel insecure as a child growing up?
- What am I afraid of?
- Do I fear failure?
- What is something I always wanted to talk about, but was too afraid to say/ask?
More root chakra journal prompts here
The root chakra is a crucial lower chakra that supports all seven chakras. It’s responsible for our sense of security and stability. When it is healthy, we feel grounded and connected to the earth. We also feel safe and secure in our lives. There are many ways to heal and balance the lower chakra, such as yoga, meditation, grounding exercises, diet, crystals, and journaling.