Muladhara (root chakra) is located at the base of the spine at the tailbone. It is the first level of awareness when our being comes into consciousness. What is the first thing we are concerned with entering a new world, a new home? Survival, we need to be able to survive in this physical world. We are concerned with all the essential needs: food, procreation, shelter, money, safety, etc. It’s our foundation. If we do not get these basic needs met, we won’t get very far in this lifetime. It encompasses all that is physical about this world; it is our connection to Mother Earth and our bodies. Both of which are our homes that we must take care of and honor. Muladhara chakra reminds us that in order to reach the heights our spirit desires for us, we must have a solid, grounded connection to the physical.
Whether the Muladhara is in balance is often determined by if we received unconditional love and affection during our first three years of life including prenatal. If we received this love from our caretakers then it tends to be easier for us to stay grounded as we will enjoy being in our own body. If this was lacking, it could result in an overactive (demanding attention, attachment to material things) or an underactive chakra (feeling ineffectual, lack of interest in life).
When the Muladhara is out of balance, we tend to feel anxious, fearful or uneasiness in our own bodies. There are several different tools that we can use to help realign it, such as listening to tibetan singing bowls while meditating or simply relaxing. Here is the link to our personal favorite 3 hour long video of Tibetan Singing Bowls for the Root chakra.
Yoga is great for those who love to move and can’t sit still. There are a couple of Kundalini Yoga Asanas that help balance the Muladhara such as the Crow Pose and the Root Lock.
For those who like to cook or obsessed with essential oils and incense you can use scents to help regulate your root chakra like Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Ginger, and Myrrh.
Simply taking walks on the grass or sand is also a great way to ground yourself and feel more connected to Mother Earth. For more grounding techniques check out this post.
Written by: Inner Mandala Medicine