Root Chakra - Muladhara

Updated: Nov 20


Hello and welcome to this, the first in our series of 7 posts on the 7 main Chakras. This series will cover each Chakra one by one. Each post follows the same structure and can work as a reference as well as a learning resource.

This first post will cover the Root Chakra, or Muladhara in Sanskrit.

Color - Leafs - Element

The Root Chakra is associated with the color red, is symbolized by a 4 leafed lotus, and is associated with the Earth element.

Overview of this Chakra

The Root Chakra is the first of the 7 main Chakras. As the name suggests, it is located at the base of the spine and also serves as the foundation of our energy body.

We get the term root from the Sanskrit Muladhara, where Mula means root and Dhara means flux.

This Root Chakra is said to be the seat of Kundalini energy and for that reason, it is often stressed how important it is to balance this Chakra, as a starting point for any other energetic or Chakra work.


The Muladhara is responsible for our feelings of grounding and confidence. It is often associated closely with the material world and sexuality. Meaning this Chakra deals with feelings of material security, physical desire and so on.

So when the Muladhara is in balance, we can expect to feel confident, grounded and


There are some similarities between the Muladhara and Svadhisthana Chakras, in terms of being related to the material world. Check out the next post on the Svadhisthana to find out more.

When Overactive

When this Chakra is overactive some, or many of the following may occur.

  • Feelings of greed

  • Overly materialistic focus or outlook

  • Feelings of anger

  • Feelings, thoughts or actions of aggression

  • A sense of arrogance, or self-importance

  • Attempts to control or express control over others

  • Depending too heavily on others (for feelings of security)

  • Overly rigid boundaries

  • Struggle to accept change

  • Overactive sex drive

When Under-active

When this Chakra is under-active some, or many of the following may occur.

  • A feeling of disconnection from the world or one's own body

  • A general lack of focus

  • Fears about the material world. Perhaps financial, physical and so on

  • Anxiety

  • General restlessness and lack of calm

  • Depression and laziness

  • A general lack of stamina or energy

Physical issues associated with this Chakra

Some common physical issues when this Chakra is imbalanced are:

  • Lower back pain or problems

  • Leg pain or problems

These can be any conditions or issues in these areas

How to balance

As with all the Chakras, we can do a variety of things to balance them.

In the case of Muladhara, the following may help.


  • Roots (e.g carrots, beetroot, radish etc.)

  • Onions

  • Garlic

  • Tofu

  • Peanut butter

  • Paprika/Peppers

  • Black pepper


  • Earthy smells

  • Sandalwood

  • Cedar


  • Tribal sounds (e.g drums)

  • Nature (e.g ocean, birds, rivers etc.)

  • Mantra: LAM


  • Red Jasper

  • Black Tourmaline

  • Bloodstone

  • Merlinite


  • Cooking

  • Walking

  • Cleaning


  • General Hatha yoga. Start working from the Crown Chakra and work down to Root.


You have hopefully learned here that the Root, or Muladhara Chakra, is a very important Chakra to keep in balance. In fact, if wanting to start working with the Chakras it is very fundamental to balance and work with the Muladhara first.

Responsible for many of our key feelings of security and comfort, and affecting how we interact with the world and people around us in very fundamental ways, we are doing both ourselves and those around us much good by ensuring we balance our Muladhara.

I hope you received some benefits here today, and that you have a wonderful life.

May you be happy!

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