Root chakra, or Muladhara chakra is located at the base of the spine. This first of the seven chakras is the root centre of physical and emotional experience and provides a sense of security and safety during your earthly journey. Root chakra is the base upon which the other chakras are built. By opening Muladhara chakra you create space to open and balance the chakras above. On a physical level, Root Chakra is responsible for the functioning of the lower part of the body, such as the bladder, kidneys and lower back. On an emotional level, the first chakra manifests itself by confidence and survival instincts. When this chakra is balanced, you feel grounded, safe, free from worries and at peace with the world. However, when it is out of balance or blocked, you might experience restlessness, fatigue and even physical ailments such as constipation and back pain.
Imbalance of a chakra can manifest itself on a physical and on an emotional level. Mostly people experience these symptoms without even being aware of them. The key of healing chakras is to learn to listen to your mind and body and accept that physical or mental ailments are messages from your body trying to tell you something. They shouldn’t just be waived off lightly and prescribed to circumstances. Listen to the signs so you can work towards healing.
When Muladhara chakra is blocked you might experience an overall feeling of restlessness. You may feel like you are on a constant search for something you can’t even identify. People with an imbalance of their Root chakra commonly find it difficult to settle down and stay in one place. This can manifest itself in terms of where you want to work and live but also in your personal relationships with others. Common symptoms of imbalance of root chakra are:
Some physical ailments can also be prescribed to an imbalance of Muladhara chakra. Common physical signs of Root chakra imbalance involve the lower part of the body. Amongst other symptoms, the most occurring ones are:
There are several techniques to work on balancing and opening chakras varying from meditation, chanting, diet and physical activity. Below you can find an overview of 3 easy and efficient techniques to balance Root chakra.
1. Connect with the earth and anchor yourself in your environment
Since people with imbalance of Root chakra feel restless and disconnected, the first step to healing Muladhara chakra is to re-establish this connection. Stimulate a feeling of grounding by connecting with the earth; work in the garden, go for long walks in nature, be aware of the constant pull of gravity wherever you are,… At the same time also ensure a safe and harmonious connection with your environment and your loved ones. This connection with the earth and your environment will induce a feeling of balance and safety and will help you to be in peace with who you are and what you do.
2. Disconnect from superficial, materialistic needs and connect with your inner self
Meditation and a meditative yoga practice can be of great help to let go of materialistic needs and distractions. By letting go of the superficial and connecting with the true inner self, you become aware of what truly matters and what doesn’t. This awareness will guide you in your decisions and actions, and will relieve this feeling of restlessness, frustration and aggression. In yoga practice, asanas or poses balancing Root chakra are sitting poses such as Sukhasana (Easy Sitting Pose) and Padmasana (Lotus Pose) and standing poses such as Tadasana (Mountain Pose) and Vrksasana (Tree Pose).
3. Trust yourself and let go of fear
One of the key elements in healing Muladhara chakra is to learn to trust and love yourself and to let go of fear. Work on a feeling of self-confidence; believe that you are important and valuable in this world and that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. Trust your capacity and your strength.
When working on balancing Root chakra you will notice a feeling of optimism, trust, confidence and vitality grow stronger day by day. Like we said before, the first chakra is the foundation upon which the other 6 chakras are built. Work on a strong foundation and enjoy the effects in your overall wellbeing. But most importantly, enjoy and appreciate each step in your journey of spiritual awakening.
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