Muladhara or Root Chakra is our foundation and connection to the Earth. It connects to our basic human instinct for survival, security and stability.
Signs of imbalance: Anxiety, fear, scattered energy - feeling disorganised, lacking in focus or discipline.
Located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae, the muladhara chakra is the energy centre for grounding, finding stability, and being able to trust yourself and others. The muladhara chakra is also responsible for taking care of your basic physical and emotional needs, feeling grounded and supporting healthy bones and nerves.
An imbalance here can be the result of excess stress, life changes, or difficulty establishing trusting relationships. If you’re feeling stressed, or unable to accept things out of your control, you may have a blockage in your muladhara chakra. (See our earlier post introducing chakras to find out what that means).
Questions to ask yourself: What do I need? What keeps me grounded?
Mantra: I am strong; I am safe, I am secure
To balance: Reconnect with nature, join groups that foster a sense of belonging.
Asana: Supta Baddha Konasana | Reclining bound angle pose
Start laying down, supine. Release your lower back by tucking your tailbone under. Bend your knees and rotate your inner thighs externally, allowing your legs to fall outwards toward the floor. Allow the soles of your feet to touch. Keep arms by your side with palms facing up or rest one hand on your stomach and one on your heart. Stay here for a minimum of one minute and focus on deep quiet breathing (remember a deep breath is not a ‘big’ breath - see our earlier posts). To support your legs you may use yoga blocks or rolled up blankets or towels under your outer thighs.
“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need.
I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you.
Let us work together for unity and love.” - Mahatma Gandhi