Root Chakra (1st)

Sanskrit: Muladhara
Location: Base of the spine
Color: Red
Element: Earth
Verb: I have
In a Word: Evolution

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Serving as our foundation and located at the base of the spine, the ROOT CHAKRA is the first chakra and is known as the Base Chakra. The Base Chakra is vital to our survival instincts and provides our sense of grounding and connection to our physical bodies and to the physical/Earth plane.

This chakra brings health, prosperity, security and dynamic presence. It’s associated with assurance and determination. Physiologically speaking, it governs the kidneys and the spinal column.  When balanced, the masculine and female energies are working together; however, when unbalanced, the feminine aspects disappear and one can become overbearing, difficulty with their ego (self), limited interest in the practical matter of life, lack of energy, etc.

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Basic Overview of the Root Chakra:

Color:Red and sometimes black for grounding with power
Sense:Smell
Symbol:Square
Associated Gland:Adrenal
Associated Organ/Systems:Controls body solids, such as the spinal column, bones, teeth, and nails, along with blood, building process of cells, the colon and rectal area.
Musical Keynote:Middle C (vocalized as an "Uh" sound) but its sacred sound is LAM.
Sound:Thunder/Earthquake
Sound Frequency:256 Hz
Qualities and/or Functions:Survival, the power to achieve goals, vitality, grounding, material security, stability, stillness, courage

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Tools for Working with the Root Chakra:

A few simple ways to activate this chakra is by wearing red clothing but wear sparingly as too much red could evoke or strengthen one’s anger (or even rage). You can also burn red candles – of course, responsibility, as well as eat/drink red fruits and beverages.

Gemstones:Agate, Bloodstone, Hematite, Red Coral, Red Garnet, Ruby, Black Obsidian, Black Tourmaline with Clear Quartz
Herbs:
Essential Oils:Balsam de Peru, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rosewood, Thyme, Vetiver
Yoga Poses:Easy Pose, Child's Pose, Mountain Pose, Squat/Garland Pose, Standing Forward Fold, Low Lunge, Warrior II, Bridge, and Corpse Pose
Health Tips:"Eat three balanced meals a day; support adrenals with plenty of water, B vitamins, and minerals; exercise aerobically [cardio] on a daily basis." (Dale, 2009).

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Healing Meditation for the Root Chakra:

Heal Chakras Meditation & Awakening Videos by Meditative Mind

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Sources:

  • http://www.peacefulmind.com/encyclopedia/root-chakra/
  • http://naturalchakrahealing.com/sound-healing.html
  • https://www.doyouyoga.com/yoga-poses-to-balance-your-root-chakra-42374/
  • (Book) The Complete Book of Chakra Healing by Cindi Dale (2009)