Root Chakra Guide

Have you been told to balance your root chakra? Or, maybe someone said you need to get grounded and you have no idea where to start. Well, you’re in the right place! This chakra is located near the base of the spine and is named muladhara. This is the first of the three chakras related to the physical world. It translates to mula meaning “root” and adhara meaning “support.” An affirmation we can associate with the root chakra is, “I am stable and strong.”

The root chakra provides stability and is related to basic survival needs. It is essentially the foundation for everything else in your life. Therefore, it provides you with the security to open the chakras above it more easily. The root chakra is related to the essentials needed to live such as water, shelter, and food. It is also connected to emotional needs such as fear and feeling safe.

The root chakra is also connected to feeling grounded to the earth. In other words, it is our connection between our energetic system and the physical reality. When it is balanced we feel passion, worry less, feel comfortable, have clear thinking, the ability to set goals, feel content with your body, and are in control of money and manage it well.

Imbalances of the Root Chakra

Imbalances in the root chakra could manifest in different ways. This isn’t an all encompassing list. Remember, you should also seek advice from a medical professional in your area if you are suffering physically or mentally. But, here’s what might happen if it’s blocked:

  • Anxiety disorders, depression, and fear
  • Lack of energy, feeling sluggish or sometimes restless
  • Inability to focus
  • Consistent money problems
  • Bladder or colon issues
  • Feeling terrified of a loss of a control
  • Nightmares
  • Health problems related to the feet, legs, or lower back
  • Low self-esteem and insecurity
  • Feeling as if you do not belong, or feeling ungrounded
  • Possible hoarding or cluttered environment
  • Eating disorders
  • Dysfunctional family relationships
  • Pessimism and limited thinking

How to Balance the Root Chakra

If your root chakra is unbalanced, don’t worry! At some point almost everyone has probably struggled with this chakra. But, with a few changes you can heal it and get the energy flowing again.

One of the easiest things you can do to balance your root chakra is spend time outdoors
One of the easiest things you can do to balance your root chakra is spend time outdoors.

A great place to start with balancing the root chakra is to get outside. So, go for a walk in nature. If possible, go barefoot. It is vital that you keep grounded by spending time in nature and connecting with the earth. Note the feel of the grass and dirt beneath your feet and what surrounds you in nature. Stomp your feet on the ground. Just a few minutes a day will go a long way towards feeling more deeply connected and recharged. Gardening is also a great hobby to pick up.

What Foods Balance and Heal the Root Chakra? What About Essential Oils?

Eat more red and grounding foods. Root vegetables are great for helping you feel grounded, like sweet potatoes, carrots, and beets. Since red is the color of a healthy root chakra, try any red food as well such as strawberries, apples, peppers, or tomatoes. So, you absolutely can’t go wrong with eating red potatoes!

Eat red foods to help balance the root chakra
Eat red foods to help balance the root chakra.

Also, the root chakra is linked with the sense of smell. So, try using essential oils such as clove, cypress, black pepper, cedar, ginger, or rosemary to heal the root chakra. These oils can help to cleanse the root chakra and work towards keeping you grounded! Moreover, they are great to put in a diffuser to use the sense of smell to heal the root chakra.

Helpful Meditation and Exercises

In order to balance the root chakra, take a few minutes and try an easy visualization meditation. Imagine a red ball of light glowing where your root chakra is. Visualize this bright ball burning away all negative energy in this area. Imagine feeling warm and relaxed in this area. Practicing meditation and just mindfulness of being in the moment will help ground you very quickly.

Being physically active helps keep you connected to your body. From dancing to exercises, try to be active somehow. Also, going outside while being active is an incredible way to stay grounded. For example, hiking is a fantastic way to meet both of these requirements.

Also, certain yoga poses are beneficial to opening up your root chakra. The squatting pose, bridge pose, mountain pose, and the knee to chest pose are all helpful. Moreover, YouTube is a great source for yoga guides on opening each specific chakra and learning each pose.

What Can I Wear to Heal the Root Chakra? And What Gems Can Help?

Red is the color of the root chakra. So, simply wearing red clothes or red can help a great deal. For example, red clothing or even a red string tied around your wrist helps. Every time you look at the string, remind yourself to stay present to the moment. This will help you remain grounded during the day.

red jasper
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Any red stones will be beneficial. For instance, red jasper is considered ideal since it helps to balance mood swings as well. Red carnelian, bloodstone, garnet, and black tourmaline are great as well.

Can Music Help?

Music is a great tool to bring chakras into balance. The mantra sound connected with the root chakra is LAM which is pronounced more like lum. In addition, solfeggio frequencies that help open the this chakra are 256 Hz and 396 Hz. Grounding sounds such as thunder or rain might also help. So, any sounds that remind you of nature can help to connect to the earth and stay grounded.

What Affirmations Help Balance the Root Chakra?

You might want to try using positive affirmations to help strengthen your root chakra. So, repeat these multiple times over the course of several days or any time you feel as if this chakra might be blocked. Good ones to get started are:

  • “I am always safe and secure.”
  • “I have a healthy mind, a healthy body and an abundant life.”
  • “The universe always provides for me.”
  • “I always have what I need.”
  • “I am grounded and stable.”
  • “My foundation is strong.”
  • “I am financially secure.”
  • “I always receive the support I need.”
  • “My body is always connected to the environment.”
  • “I am safe and comfortable in my home.”

What Else Can I Do to Heal My Root Chakra?

You can start to heal your root chakra by decluttering your space. Therefore, start with the room that you spend the most time in and get rid of any clutter or dust. Remember that your physical space reflects your inner state. So, keeping your space neat and clean will help you connect better to your environment.

Also, in the wild monkeys don’t worry about the banana tree running out of bananas. They know that trees will always grow more and simply trust that the universe will provide for them. So, you must learn to trust in the universe in the same way. When we find balance in the root chakra, it is the first step to finding balance in all aspects of life.

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