Chakras 101: The Root Chakra

What is the Root Chakra? 

Charkas are an ancient India concept premised on the idea that emotions, thoughts, and physical organs are connected to various energy systems in the body.  For those who take a left-brained approach to understanding everything, you can think of the chakras as being spiritual building blocks of the mind-body-spirit complex.  These energy fields start at the bottom of our body and work their way up to the top of our head.  They are intimately connected to our behaviour as human beings.

The first of the 7 main chakras is known as the root chakra (Muladhara), and is the first energy chakra in the body located towards the base of the spine.  The root chakra is critical to physical survival, groundedness, safety and security.

Those with a balanced root chakra will note that they feel connected and secure.  They will also frequently have confidence, good health, and material prosperity.  They will also usually be physically fit and active.

Too much energy in the root chakra can cause one to be angry, impatient, judgmental, greedy, sadistic or domineering.

On the opposite end, a root chakra that is blocked will often manifest symptoms of addictions, eating disorders, lack of material prosperity, low energy, poor immunity, and pain in the lower back, legs and feet. Those with a blocked root chakra will also tend to feel disconnected, ungrounded and unprotected.

So what can be done to help nurture this energy system in the body?

Balancing the Root Chakra

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can help create a balance in this energy field. The colors of the root chakra are black, red, brown and gray.  As such, you will note that several of the tips below will encourage you to use items that are these colors.

1) Connecting with the Earth

The Earth is the element most associated with the root chakra.  So in order to balance the root chakra, you can walk barefoot on the ground, or simply go outside to spend some time in nature.  Although being outside is often not something that a person with a blocked root chakra will want to do, it is one of the big keys to healing and balancing it.  If the chakra wasn’t blocked, you wouldn’t feel any resistance to going outside in nature.

Feeling a literal connection with Mother Earth is important for our sense of safety, security, and groundedness.  All it takes is spending 15 minutes or so a day out in nature somewhere, and you will notice a huge impact on the emotions and psychological states associated with the root chakra.

2) Grounding yourself with Physical Exercise

The root chakra is strongly related to our physicality, and therefore physical exercise is a great way to balance and heal it. Dance, Yoga and Tai Chi are all wonderful examples of physical activities that will provide you with a sense of grounding.

3)  Eat lots of red foods

For someone looking to bring balance to their root chakra, eating foods that are the color red can help bring vibrance and stability.  Colors are known to have a psychological effect on the human mind, and they can largely impact our thoughts and emotions.  Eating foods like tomatoes, cherries, pomegranates, strawberries and apples will help balance out the root chakra.

4) Eat roots

Plant roots are also fantastic for bringing balance to the root chakra. Try to eat more radishes, carrots, turnips, parsnips, garlic and onions when you feel the symptoms of an under or overactive root chakra.

5) Work with root chakra gemstones and crystals

Generally, stones that are black, brown, gray or red are wonderful stones to carry and meditate with for those who are looking to strengthen their root chakra. Black tourmaline or smoky quartz are great stones to work with when you are looking to do root chakra balancing. Use these stones when meditating, sleep with them at night, wear them as jewelry or simply carry them with you.

The key thing to take away from this is that emotional, spiritual, and psychological health are harbored by 7 main energy fields in the body, with the root chakra being the one associated with connection, safety, security, and groundedness.  By combining spiritual self-work with chakra healing techniques, you are well on your way to healing mind, body, and soul.

Thanks for reading!

Steven Bancarz,

Team Spirit