Demystifying: Muladhara (The Root Chakra)
Knowledge of the chakras dates back in history over 5,000 years. This gem of wisdom was first found in the Upanishads, sacred Hindu writings that collectively from the Vedas. The word Veda means “knowledge” and Upanishad translates to “those who sit near.” The Vedas are sacred scriptures that teach and share profound spiritual traditions and paths to awakening consciousness and ultimately enlightenment.
As society evolves, even science is finding it hard to deny the existence of our energetic bodies, including our chakras. Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychologist, recognized the power of consciousness and energy. He was fascinated by and believed in practices like Kundalini Yoga, Tantra, and even the use of mandalas and yantras as a way of accessing the unconscious. These energy vortexes run along the spine and are associated with organs, soft tissue, energetic body, emotional body, physical body, mental body, and much more. Their health directly affects our health on every level.
To write on the chakras in their entirety would be far too much to digest in one sitting. So, we will break up the topic into the seven main chakras, diving into each one over the next seven weeks. What they are, how to open, release, balance, and maintain their integrity.
Let’s begin at the base of the spine, in the pelvic floor, with the first chakra Muladhara (the root chakra).
Muladhara (Mula means “root” and Adhara means “base” or “support”)
- This chakra governs our feeling of stability, security, and trusting that our basic needs are met.
- Color is Red
- Element is Earth (Gaia)
- Bija Mantra is LAM
- Musical Note is C
- Governs the bodies sense of SMELL
- Within the spine, it encompasses the first three vertebrae
- Physiological system-Reproductive glands, bladder, and colon
Keeping Muladhara open gives a strong foundation to allow the ascending chakras to open. Anytime you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, lost, or confused, always begin by balancing your root chakra. This is the energetic and vibrational foundation of the energy centers.
There are many ways to open and balance our chakras: meditation, visualization, yoga, pranayama, crystals, essential oils, nutrition, etc. I suggest beginning with what resonates with you. You know that voice, when you see or hear something that immediately says, “yes, this is what I need.” Don’t question it. It may require applying several techniques. Sometimes, you may feel better by simply visualizing a chakra and its color. But another time, you may need to employ several modalities to cultivate that same balance. We’re dynamic beings so what works today may not work tomorrow. The important thing is for you to listen to your intuition and internal compass. Only you know what works for you.
Signs of Imbalance in Muladhara
- Over-controlling behavior
- Constipation or bladder issues
- Issues or pain in low back, legs or feet
Let’s take a look at nutrition and Yoga to help balance Muladhara:
- Root vegetables
- Protein rich foods
- Foods red in color
- Spices like paprika, pepper, and chives
- Malasana (Squatting Pose)
- Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior 1 Pose)
- Janu Sirsansana (head to knee Pose)
Our chakras are intricate, complex, and root deeply into our beings (physical, mental, and energetic). Because of this, there is even more to each chakra than what we’re discussing here but this gives you a great foundation of knowledge and understanding to build off of. Over the next week or so, I encourage you to bring your attention and awareness to Muladhara. Sit quietly and just see if you can feel its energy, its vibration. Observe. I’d love to know what you witness or any experience you’ve had with Muladhara or any chakra! You can email me or share with us in the comments below!
Next week, we rise a few inches into the world of Svadhisthana.
Over to you, yogis! What questions or thoughts do you have about the root chakra?