They say that fear is our most primal emotion. You know how the hair on your skin stands up when you slam on the brakes to avoid an accident? The energy contained within those heart racing moments that gives you that feeling of aliveness comes from your root chakra.
Color Association: Red
Physical Location: At the small of your back, bottom of your spine. Energy flowing to and from your root chakra enters through your stomach at the belly button.
Your Power Source
Hindus call it the Mooladhara chakra loosely translated meaning the ‘root.’ It is the first of all seven chakras because it defines your physical relationship to the earth and everything around you. It dictates where to focus energies along the seven main chakras and it is responsible for helping you to maintain good health.
The root chakra’s corresponding color red is representative of blood. Symbolically blood is your energy, passion, strength, sexuality, sensuality and your emotional stability.
Corresponding Physical Functions: Gastro and reproductive organs, and your immune system.
Your Root Chakra in Balance
Because your root chakra contains energy that manifests itself directly into the physical, if you harness it correctly, you can access this natural power to increase your passion, vitality, strength, and even your sexuality.
Balancing your root chakra also makes your instincts keener when you’re in danger. Your senses are heightened and you feel more alive and open. When your root chakra is in balance you feel more complete and healthy inside and out.
An Imbalanced Root Chakra
A root chakra that is out of balance has noticeable physical and emotional symptoms. Like all other chakras, depending on whether you are dealing with a weak or inactive root chakra or an overactive one, this imbalance will manifest itself in negative ways.
Overactive Root Chakra
People suffering from overactive root chakras are typically in a bad mood. Everything frustrates you. You get angry at the tiniest things. You are often overly agitated with people. Hyperactive root chakras can also make you greedy, controlling, rebellious, and belligerent.
Weak or inactive root chakras are considered closed. When your root chakra is closed you similarly are physically closed off from the world. You tend to isolate from other people. You are not confident in your own skin and are constantly worried about what other people think about you.
In fact you obsessively worry to the point that you become lax in other daily chores like cleaning and eating. Both imbalances can lead to physical problems that can make your life miserable. You may suffer things like:
- Weight Fluctuations
- Lack of Sex Drive
- Digestive Issues
- Bad Blood Circulation
Balancing your root chakra takes a little more than meditation. First you must open your root chakra before you can align it.
Balancing Your Root Chakra
Using meditation combined with tantric yoga can help you to open up your root chakra. Remember this chakra is located at the base of your spine so walking, dancing, massage, and yoga are all good ways to help you open your root chakra.
You will also want to use aromatic fragrance oils that give you pleasure as you meditate visualizing in vibrant reds. Rub oil on your root chakra entry points before beginning for added relaxation.
Look for a bloodstone crystal to focus with as you meditate. Add red fruits and vegetables to your diet like tomatoes, strawberries, radishes, peppers, and red apples. Red meat also helps balance your root chakra.