One of the fundamental elements of Kundalini Yoga are the eight chakras. If you are familiar with the chakras, you may already know them as the primary energy centers of the body. Working in tandem, they play a crucial role in allowing the eternal flow of energy within us.
Here we take a look at the first chakra: the Root Chakra. Read on to learn about its characteristics, how to recognize when it’s imbalanced, and what you can do to fix it.
What is the Root Chakra?
Known as the Muladhara Chakra, the Root Chakra takes its meaning from the two Sanskrit words: Mula, which means “root” and Adhara, meaning “base”. It is, therefore, the foundation on which all other chakras exist.
Imagine yourself sitting in Easy Pose. Your Root Chakra is located at the base of your spine, at the perineum. It is the energy point in the body that is most connected to the earth — physically and spiritually.
The Root Chakra is responsible for balancing the connection between the physical body and our internal energy channels. It represents our primal needs of stability and survival, and provides us with a strong connection to both our inner selves and the earth. It is also related to the earthy energies of cedarwood.
The Symbols of the Root Chakra
Like all other chakras, the Root Chakra represents the color of its surroundings. Since it is surrounded by the earth, the Root Chakra reflects the color red — the color of the earth’s core.
The Root Chakra takes the symbol form of the four-petalled lotus flower. Each of the four petals are believed in Kundalini Yoga to represent the four earthly elements — Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
Signs Your Root Chakra is Blocked
When the energy within your Root Chakra flows freely, you can feel secure and grounded. However, should this energy become blocked, you may notice problems with both your mental and physical health, such as:
- Discomfort in the lower back and pelvis
- Feeling insecure
- Digestive problems
- Anxiety and depression
- Problems sleeping
Unblocking Your Chakra with Affirmations
If any of the above seem familiar to you, you can check if your Root Chakra is to blame by re-balancing the energy within it. Should you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, using positive affirmations is often a good place to start.
The examples below can help create a sense of strength and stability. You can also use these as inspiration and create your own:
- “I am safe”
- “I am secure”
- “I am grounded”
- “I am supported by Mother Earth”
- “I feel at home in my body”
- “I trust in the energies of the universe”
The Root Chakra is known in Kundalini Yoga as the “Survival Center”, as it directly relates to our most basic needs of stability and support. By unblocking and balancing this chakra, you can feel more confident and at your best.
Continue your journey today and discover how you can tap into the energies of all eight chakras. Whether it’s using incense or a Kriya, experiment with your practice and find what ways work best for you!