Muladhara chakra or the root chakra is the first of the seven primary chakras in the human body. Although the functioning of all the chakras is important, some believe that the Muladhara chakra is the most important for health and overall wellbeing. It is believed that the actions and memories of last life are stored in this region. It forms the borderline between human and animal consciousness. It is also the foundation of every individual’s future and the initiation of personality development. Vitality, vigor and growth are the characteristics imparted in humans by this chakra. However its improper functioning can also result in laziness and self-centeredness.It is symbolically represented with a lotus with four petals, which signifies the four emotions of the subconscious mind. The mantra for this chakra is LAM. The element of the Muladhara chakra or our root is Earth, and its color is red.
It is located at the base end of the spinal column.
The organs controlled by this chakra are the reproductive organs, immune system, and the large intestine.
An improperly working Muladhara chakra can cause prostate problems, obesity, arthritis, varicose veins, lower back problems, hip problems, sore knees, and anorexia. The person may have poor bone structure, and a weak physical structure.
- Overactive Muladhara Chakra: Those with an overactive root chakra tend to be angry, aggressive and annoyed, even a slightest irritation triggers these issues. The person starts bullying others and finds it difficult to obey authority. Greedy and materialistic people tend to have overactive Muladhara chakra.
- Underactive Muladhara Chakra: Those with an underactive root chakra feel insecure. The person loses the ability to stay grounded and gets disconnected from the world outside. They find it hard to complete daily tasks and stay organized. People, who are nervous, shy or over anxious tends to have an underactive root chakra.
The root chakra delivers the life energy to all the other major and minor chakras. When balanced a person is healthy and experiences overall well being. He or she gets physically active and becomes confident.
- To open the first chakra, one must meditate focusing at the location of the chakra, the base of the spine. Visualize a lotus at this point while meditating.
- Muladhara chakra’s element is Earth. One way of opening it is walk barefoot on grass or sand. Getting a pedicure or dancing is also believed to energize this chakra.
- Being mindful of the Saral Vaastu principles for any dwelling (home, shop, office, etc.) and facing favorable directions is a simple method for Muladhara chakra opening.
- Essential oils such as ylang ylang, geranium rose, Angelica, etc. when applied at pulse points during meditation aids in the opening of the root chakra. Alternately they can also be massaged to the foot.
- Food items that nourish the first chakra are red apples, pomegranates, strawberries, beets, radishes, etc.