Root Chakra 101

Root Chakra 101

Root Chakra: Muladhara

The root chakra is the foundation of your energetic body and the base support for the rest of your chakra system. A clear and balanced root chakra grounds your body to the Earth and supports you in feeling secure, connected and safe within the Earths energetic field. 

The root chakra supports a feeling of security, groundedness, and home. 

It is the most instinctual chakra centers in the body. It affects your ability to feel safe and secure and is connected to feelings of being supported and belonging. Feelings of being connected to your ancestors and family come from a balanced root chakra as well. 

Your survival instincts, preservation of the self, and resilience live here. When the root chakra is in balance, it offers a stable foundation for wellbeing in your physical, mental, and emotional being. 

How To Know if the Root Chakra is Out of Balance

When your root chakra is in balance, you will feel a sense of security, belonging, and a sense of groundedness. You can be in the present moment, and fear does not rule you. You become a more trusting, relaxed, and open person. 

When the root chakra is not in balance, this can manifest in both physical and nonphysical ways. 

Feelings of fear, a busy stressed mind, and disconnection, whether from your spiritual nature, or other relationships in your life, is a sign of imbalance. 

This imbalance disrupts your connection to the earth, can cause the feeling of being spaced out and an overall feeling of not being grounded. This can result in feelings of detachment and feel like you don’t belong anywhere.

Underactive Root Chakra

An underactive root chakra can make you feel stuck or feel closed off from your body and the needs you have as a human being. An underactive root chakra affects your feeling of vitality. This is the chakra that makes you feel a connection to the Earth, so if it’s underactive, you may feel drained, unmotivated, and without desire. 

Underactive chakras limit the potential use and connection with each energy center in your body. It inhibits the full expression of not just the chakra that is blocked, but all the chakras working together in unity.   

Overactive Root Chakra

When a chakra is overactive, there is an excessive amount of energy within that point. As a result, an overactive chakra becomes dominant over your other chakras. This hyper-focused state influences your energy and perception. Whatever each chakra is responsible for will be heightened to the point of negativity.

A quick temper, inability to relax, anxiety, aggression, eating disorders, and lack of focus are all signs of overactive root chakra. You may be overly concerned with material things and exhibit greediness. 

Trauma, abandonment, or not having your basic needs met can cause an overactive root chakra that “compensates” by causing you to hyper-focus on these foundational needs and causes rigidness. An over the top requirement of routines and structure driven by fear can result from an overactive root chakra. 

Chakra Healing for the Root Chakra

To have balance in the root chakra, you have to balance it. Here are three techniques you can use to heal your root chakra. 


Do a walking meditation out in nature. Reconnecting with Mother Earth will help to balance this chakra. Walking barefoot will also help to ground your energy.

While meditating, imagine your spiritual body anchoring down into the crystalline core of the Earth. At the base of your spine, visualize a vibrant color red and imagine this pure red light clearing, and cleansing any stuck energy. 

Root Chakra Affirmations 

Use affirmations such as:

-I love myself and approve of myself

-I am safe and secure

-I am grounded

-I am enough

-I am protected by the divine and have all that I need

-I attract abundance and except it freely

-I am financially secure

-I am connected to the world around me

-Success comes easily to me

Chakra Stones and Essential Oils for the Root Chakra  

Keep these in and around your home or use them during meditation to support and balance your root chakra.

Stones associated with the root chakra include: 

– Ruby

– Smoky quartz 

– Hematite 

– Jet 

– Red Jasper 

– Bloodstone

– Garnet 

Essential Oils for the root chakra: 

– Patchouli 

– Cedarwood 

– Sandalwood 

– Myrrh

– Frankincense 

– Cinnamon

– Ginger

Additional Tips

Take a walk in nature, barefoot if you can, feeling your energy grounding and connecting to the Earth. 

Get active in your community, volunteer, and give back to others. 

Get out into the garden, and eat more root vegetables. 

Move your body through dance, yoga, or exercise and feel the vitality returning to your root chakra. 

Get organized at work or at home. Getting on top of your schedule, or clearing clutter and organizing your space will help bring structure into your life. 

Become mindful when you feel a lack of self-confidence. Use affirmations to overcome these mental blocks. 

Identify areas of your life where you feel like you don’t have enough and work through these areas. 

Wear red clothing. 

Practice mindfulness while taking a warm shower. The waterfall of light technique is also a powerful and simple way to restore the root chakra while taking your daily shower.

Practice toning LAM, the sound of the Root Chakra.

Root Chakra Symbol and Symbolism

The root chakra symbol is comprised of a square with a triangle standing firm on its point, and surrounded by a four-petaled lotus. 

Working from the outside of the Muladhara symbol in, the four petals represent the root chakras four mind states it governs: mind, intellect, consciousness, and ego.

The square represents strength and a solid and secure foundation, and the alchemical symbol for the earth, the upside-down triangle represents earth grounded energy. 

Grounding, Instinct, Stability, Security, Energy, Courage, Stimulation, Passion, and Strength are all word symbolism that represents what the root chakra does.

Location of the Root Chakra

The root chakra is the first chakra in your physical body, located at the base of your spine, near your tailbone in the area of your perineum.  

A balanced root chakra makes you feel stable, secure, safe, and fearless. 

The Chakra Color for the Root Chakra

The root chakra color is red. 

An imbalance in the root chakra can make the appearance muddied, or even too bright if it’s overstimulated. 

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