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What Is Root Chakra

What is the muladhara chakra? The muladhara chakra is also known as root chakra. The root chakra is the first chakra. Its energy is based on the earth element.

It’s associated with the feeling of safety and grounding. It’s at the base of the chakra system and lays the foundation for expansion in our life.

 

Where Is The Root Chakra

The first chakra or root chakra is located at the base of the spine. The corresponding body locations are the perineum, along the first three vertebrae, at the pelvic plexus.

This chakra is often represented as a cone of energy starting at the base of the spine and going downward and then slight bent up.

 

Characteristic of the Root Chakra

The first chakra is associated with the following functions or behavioral characteristics:

  • Security and safety
  • Survival
  • Basic needs (food, sleep, shelter, self-preservation, etc.)
  • Physicality, physical identity and aspects of self
  • Grounding
  • Support and foundation for living our lives

The root chakra provides the foundation on which you build your life. It supports you in growing and feeling safe into exploring all the aspects of life.

It is related to your feeling of security and safety, whether it’s physical or regarding your bodily needs or metaphorical regarding housing and financial safety.

To sum it up, the first chakra questions are around the idea of safety and survival. The root chakra is where you ground yourself into the earth and anchor your energy into the manifest world.

 

Imbalanced of Root Chakra

At the emotional level, the deficiencies or imbalance in the root chakra are related to:

  • Excessive negativity and cynicism
  • Eating disorders
  • Greed and avarice
  • Illusion
  • Excessive feeling of insecurity and living on survival mode constantly

For a person who has imbalance in the root chakra, it might be hard to feel safe in the world and everything looks like a potential risk.

The desire for security dominates and can translate into concerns over the job situation, physical safety, shelter and health. A blocked root chakra may turn into behaviors ruled mainly by fear.

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On the same line, when the first chakra is overactive, fear might turn into greed and paranoia, which are extreme forms of manifestation of imbalance in the root chakra. Issues with control over food intake and diet are related to it.

People with an inactive root chakra are not very grounded in their body or in their physical life and tend to feel anxious, unstable, and unsafe, constantly beset by survival-related issues.

They may act materialistic, flighty, or flippant, or simply be externally focused. They often have big challenges with communication, feelings, and self-esteem, and so have serial marriages or jobs.

Or they may “stuff” these tendencies deep into their bodies and experience tremendous internal conflict while appearing on the outside to be happy and strong.

Because this chakra, and its level of our consciousness, governs our physical presence and well-being at a general level, physical body symptoms can include poor general health, compromised immunity, and low vitality, as well as problems in the body’s structural system, such as osteoporosis, joint pain and weakness, and instability in the legs and feet.

I have another blog post which explain how you may act or feel when your chakras are over-active, under-active, what are the physical symptoms of unbalance and what it is associated endocrine glands and organs.

If you are interested to learn, you may check it out HERE.

 

Opening Root Chakra

There are many ways to open our root chakra. For example, we can engage more in grounding and earth-related activities like connection with nature, gardening, cooking healthy and hiking.

The main idea is to work at growing our ”roots” in a safe and comfortable environment (i.e., surround ourselves with earth colors, objects reminding us of nature, stability; or on the contrary, if we wish to feel less stuck, do the opposite).

Yoga for the root chakra can be a more physical way to bridge the body and mind and restore a more balanced energy flow.

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What is the Anchoring Code

The anchoring code is about getting back in your body according to The Energy Codes.

In life, we try to figure out who we are, where we are, whether we are safe, how to fit in, how to follow the rules, how to please the people who seem to matter the most to our survival, and so on.

LOA-quizWe try to get our bearings, and with all of that figuring out, we end up using our mind disproportionately to our whole being and living almost entirely from our head, out of touch with our body, our energy, and the rest of our true nature instead of internally referencing our own inherent knowing and truth.

Our culture teaches and reinforces this way of being, as most everyone around us is stuck doing the same thing.

The problem with living from our head, however, is that we never quite feel like our whole selves or like we are at home here. We don’t feel comfortable, complete, or safe.

We spend all of our time and energy trying to either fix or deny our sense of incompleteness, but nothing we do solves the problem, which is that we don’t know ourselves as whole, as the Soulful Self.

The key to being grounded in our wholeness resides within our own living, breathing, physical body. In order to experience being at home in this world and operate at our true capacity for wellness, happiness, and creativity, we must anchor ourselves—meaning, our true selves as energy beings—to this Earth planet and to the physical body.

We must live not just in our head, but rather in our whole system: mind, body, and breath combined. We need to become embodied.

 

How To Become Embodied

How do we do this?

We need to place our attention on the central channel of energy in the core of the body, where the chakras reside in their most concentrated state. The central channel is the home of the Soulful Self.

The Anchoring Code grounds us in the body. It supports our efforts to stop identifying as the mind. It is the first step in shifting our attention and focus from the external world to the energetic core that is our true essence.

You’ll still be using your mind and five senses but you will just be using them differently than you ever have before: directing them inward rather than outward, with the goal of bringing your mind, body, and soul into true relationship with one another.

This unity will, in turn, give you the energetic clout to integrate your dispersed energy and create structure out of chaos. This awakens the healer within and also provides more kinetic energy for your daily experience, peace of mind, and overall sense of well-being.

Your life then becomes your chosen adventure, rather than something to survive and endure.

 

The Anchoring Code Chakra Correlation: Root Chakra

While the work of this Code affects our whole system in important ways, it has a particular influence on the root chakra, focused at the base of the spine.

If you’re not in your root chakra, you’re not in your body. And if you are not here fully, you suffer.

The following chart offers a summary of some key characteristics of the root chakra provided by The Energy Codes book.

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Due to its location at the base of the central channel, a wobble or impairment in this chakra can cause a ripple-effect wobble up the rest of the channel, not allowing the ultimate activation of the high-brain centers of creativity.

If this is the case, we never get to experience our true destiny. Rather we continue to try to make life work the best we can, from the Back Side of the Model, in survival mode.

Therefore, having our essential energy activated in and flowing optimally through our root chakra is fundamental to our well-being.

The Anchoring Code gives us the tools to do that. Using the practices in this Code, you can establish the strong sense of safety, belonging, and well-being that results from integration of the root chakra.

You can cultivate, and sustain, lifelong vitality. Rather than perceiving the world as something you are trying to fit into, you see that this life is yours to play with, to express into creatively as an adventure, and to experience with strong physical health, vitality, and self-mastery.

If you are interested to learn more and know what are the practices in this Code, you may read this book called The Energy Codes by Dr. Sue Morter.

I have another blog post too on the review about this book. If you are interested to learn more, please visit my another blog post HERE.

 

Yoga for Root Chakra

Some Example of Yoga that Integrate the Root Chakra – (Refer The Energy Codes Book for more details)

Some Yoga Session for Root Chakra

Chakra Yoga Flow Series 1: Muladhara Chakra Preview with Dana Damara

Muladhara Chakra Yoga: Root Down – by Cicily Carter

 

Conclusion

The Root Chakra symbolizes our potential to grow. When we find balance in our Root Chakra, we find balance in all aspects of our life. It all starts with the first chakra!

As the energetic recycling bin of our auric field, the Root Chakra turns negative emotional energies into power and light. Then the chakra returns this to the earth as energetic compost.

We cannot expel waste energies if our root selves are disassociated with the earth and our primal impulses are imbalanced.

Are you interested to learn more about chakras? You may visit my other blog posts on chakras by clicking HERE.

 

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10 Comments

  • Judy Sánchez

    Hi.

    Thanks for this great article.

    I’ve heard about chakras before, but I didn’t know anything about them.

    I really enjoyed your description of the root chakra, and what to do if it is not activated properly.

    I’ve always wondered why a walk in nature left me feeling energised and relaxed and now I’ve read this, I can see why that would be.

    Thanks again!

    • Janet

      Hi Judy. Yes, walk in nature and connect to the earth is a great way to activate your root chakra and help you feel grounded.

      In fact, connect to the nature is one of the easy and best way for grounding. It’s always feeling good when we connect to nature.

  • Andy

    Hi Janet,

    This is a very thorough treatment of the root chakra. Reading this and in particular, the yoga exercises you describe at the end reminded me of exercises I was once shown which are variants on the Five Tibetans.

    This was many years ago but I recall the Tibetans are concerned with energy seeping out of the body and one of the main portals which is at risk is indeed the root chakra.

    I was shown a number of exercises for closing the portals and circulating the energy internally. I tried the exercises myself though I don’t recall having any dramatic experiences. But then again, that is usual for me.

    Anyway, your article certainly reminded me of that experience and I am sure the techniques are related.

    Best regards,
    Andy

    • Janet

      Hi Andy,

      Yes, The Five Tibetan exercise techniques is related to yoga.

      I have done some research on The Five Tibetans exercises you have mentioned and have learn that it’s a Tibet Yoga which original from Yoga in India. And I have looked at the exercises and I confirmed they are yoga poses but perform in a different way.

      Whatever practice it is, we have to practice it regularly in order to see result. We can’t expect any dramatic experience by just a few practice.

      If you really feel comfortable or good with that practice, you should continue put it in practice in your daily life. Take care!

  • Ekufaa

    Hello Janet,

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all your articles on Chakras. I was not familiar with Chakras until I came across your blog. The first article I read was on the 7 Chakras and I thought it was an eye opener.

    For this article, I am simply blown away!

    It makes perfect sense now why I feel so much better after I take a short/walk in nature.

    Thanks for this.

    • Janet

      Hi Ekufaa. Thank you for sharing your thought.

      Yes, there are many times when we have some experiences and we couldn’t explain why we feel this way. And also because of our ignorant, a lot of people just simply reject certain information they have received just because they don’t believe it.

      If we can have a more open mind to look at thing and don’t make any judgement on any information we have received, we can see a bigger picture and realization.

      Glad to hear that you have enjoy all my chakra articles. Thank you!

  • Joe Waxman

    Great post! Well thought out, detailed and professional looking. Your website has a clean feel, very pretty and I would say a strong feminine vibe to it! For me as a man, that does stand out with all the pink. But very well done.

    I am a big fan of chakras, meridians and energetic awareness in general. So this is something I would naturally gravitate towards. You do a good job of explaining the root chakra and details surrounding it.

    The addition of the yoga video sessions is great. Thanks!

  • Steven Kane

    Hey Janet. Wow I had never in my life heard of Root Chakra before. Your post was so interesting to read and I really enjoyed it.

    Keep up the good work.

    Steven

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