In many of my posts, I’ve shared a breakdown of all seven chakras ( Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, & Crown). However, in honor of THIS post, I’d like to talk about the Root Chakra.
Affirmative Statement– “I AM”
Energy Type– Masculine/Yang
Color Association– Red, Black, Brown
Consciousness Focus- “The Foundation” – Grounded into the Earth
Spiritual Lesson-Material World Lessons; staying grounded and centered; Action on the Physical Plane.
Type of yoga– Hatha
The Root Chakra (Muladhara), which is also called the Base Chakra, is the energy center that supports grounding security, and the feeling of being safe. It’s located at the base of the tailbone between the genitals and the anus. Those of us with a balanced Root Chakras are survivalists. We are deep in self-preservation with the basics of everyday needs (shelter, food, clothing, etc.) We have stability, willpower, and do what we can to live life smoothly without too much complication.
The best crystals for us to use for Root Chakra balancing are Red Jasper, Red Carnelian, Rhodochrosite, Pyrite, Smoky Quartz, Black Tourmaline, Garnet, Smoky Quartz, Amber, Hematite, Black Obsidian, Red Zincite, Onyx, Ruby, Lodestone, and Bloodstone.
The best aromas for our Root Chakra are Myrrh, Patchouli, Vetivert, Lavender, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Clove, Cedar, and Rosemary.
The best herbs and spices to use for our Root Chakra are Burdock root, Dandelion, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper; Any root or earthy tasting herbs and spices.
Symptoms/Signs of Root Chakra Imbalance
Issues that cause imbalance: Issues related to basic survival needs (shelter, food) and material matters such as money and home; physical issues connected to the body areas and organs associated with the Root Chakra; any issues rooted in fear; misuse of physical energy or unhealthy attachment to the material; feeling ungrounded/disconnected.
Physical imbalances: Clumsiness and coordination issues (ungrounded), poor circulation in lower extremeties; irritable bowel syndrome, colon/rectal issues, hemorrhoids, constipation, diarrhea, gas, blood disorders, issues with metabolism; spine or skeletal issues, lower back pain, sciatica, joint pain, hip problems, issues with legs, knees or feet, varicose veins, arthritis or inflammation in lower extremeties; sleep issues, poor sense of smell, immune system issues, kidney and bladder problems, high libido or promiscuity, reproductive issues, skin or complexion related issues or lesions, cancer (in lower regions), physical addictions (gambling, food), weight issues (overeating/undereating, obesity/anorexia).
Over-Active Root Chakra (Excessive Energy)
Mental/Emotional Symptoms: Fear or insecurity related to the physical/material, frustration, impatience, intolerance, anger, aggression, restlessness, impulsiveness, compulsivity, recklessness, hyperactivity, mania/rapid mood swings; egotistical; oveover-confident, over-active sex drive, sexual agression, sadistic, manipulative, domineering, controlling, over-protective, territorial, possessive,selfishness, self indulgant, laziness, materialistic, greediness, preocupied/obsessed with money or security, materialism or hoarding; resistant to change, stubborn, judgmental, biased, rigid boundaries; addictions to physical and material pleasures (food, money, etc), weight issues (over-eating, obesity), excessive physical energy, prone to violence.
Under-Active Root Chakra (Insufficient Energy)
Mental/Emotional Symptoms: Feeling ungrounded, instability, insecure, nervousness and worry, fearfull, low self esteem, lack of confidence, timid, self-doubt, underchieving, passivity, self-deprivation, poor focus and discipline, lack of drive/stamina, feeling uninspired, lack of enthusiasm, lethargy, apathy, general disinterest in life or daily activities, feeling unwelcome or misunderstood, feeling of not ‘fitting in’, feelings of unworthiness, shame, feeling powerless, feeling disconnected or detached from the world or your body, dread, depression, suicidal, overly cautious, untrusting and suspicious, low libido or repressed sexuality, chronic disorganization, resistant/afraid of change, poor personal boundries, co-dependency, recepient of abuse or abusive towards others, financial difficulties/struggle with money, poverty.
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