What Is This Root Chakra Muladhara Really About?

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The 1st Chakra is the Root Chakra or Muladhara is located near the coccygeal plexus beneath the sacrumit, while its kshetram, or activation point, located between the perineumand the coccyx or pelvic bone. Basically at the base of the spine and the first three vertebrae. The word Muladhara breaks down into two Sanskrit words: Mula meaning “root” and Adhara, which means “support” or “base.” What Is This Root Chakra Muladhara Really About? Because of its location and connection with the act of excretion, it is associated with the anus.

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Associated problems: constipation, diarrhea, piles, colitis, Crohn's disease, cold fingers and toes, frequency of urination, hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney stones, impotence, hip problems, legs and feet. PINK can also be used here when a more gentle energy is required.

What is this root chakra really about? Muladhara is said to be the base from which the three main psychic channels or nadis emerge: the Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. It is also believed that Muladhara is a subtle abode of the Hindu God Ganapati. In the highest revered prayer for Ganapati, the Ganapati Atharvashirsha, it is mentioned that "one who worships Lord Ganapati would easily grasp the concept and realize Brahman.Associated problems: constipation, diarrhea, piles, colitis, Crohn's disease, cold fingers and toes, frequency of urination, hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney stones, impotence, hip problems, legs and feet. PINK can also be used here when a more gentle energy is required.

The first ChakraMuladhara is associated with the following functions or behavioral characteristics: Security, safety, Survival, Basic needs (food, sleep, shelter, self-preservation, etc.), Physicality, physical identity and aspects of self, Grounding, Support and foundation for living our lives. This is the first of the chakras of matter. Balancing the root chakra creates the solid foundation for opening the chakras above. Imagine that you’re laying the foundation for a house in which you’re going to live for a long time. A solid foundation embedded in firm soil will provide the stability you need to create a home filled with joy for years to come. The Root Chakra Muladhara provides a foundation on which we build our life. It supports us in growing and feeling safe into exploring all the aspects of life. It is related to our feeling of safety and security, whether it’s physical or regarding our bodily needs or metaphorical regarding housing and financial safety. Colors and gems can help bring a Chakra into balance. The root Chakra’s color is red. Gemstones for the first Chakra include garnet, red jasper, black tourmaline, and bloodstone. You can place the gemstone on the area of the Chakra while lying down to help open and align it.

The root Chakra is comprised of whatever grounds you to stability in your life. This includes your basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and safety, as well as your more emotional needs such as letting go of fear. When these needs are met, you feel grounded and safe, and you tend to worry less day to day. The root Chakra is where we ground ourselves into the earth and anchor our energy into the manifest world. If there is an imbalance in the root Chakra you may experience anxiety disorders, fears, or nightmares. Physical imbalances may manifest as problems in the colon, with the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, leg, or feet issues. In men, prostate problems may occur. Eating disorders may also be a sign of a root Chakra imbalance. While meditation does connect you to a higher spiritual plane, it also serves to ground you. You may not always be able to trust that the world will give you what you need to survive, but connection to your higher self and trust in a power higher than yourself will give you what you need to feel safe.

What happens when the first Chakra is imbalanced? At the emotional level, the deficiencies or imbalance in the first chakra are related to: Excessive negativity, cynicism, Eating disorders, Greed, avarice, Illusion, Excessive feeling of insecurity, living on survival mode constantly

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Other ways to open a blocked chakra include using yoga, mantras, colors, and gems. Yoga Asanas that help to open and align Muladhara are:

Pavanamuktasana, knee to chest yoga pose

Pavanamuktasana, knee to chest pose: Lie flat on your back on a smooth surface, ensuring that your feet are together, and your arms are placed beside your body.

Take a deep breath. As you exhale, bring your knees towards your chest, and press your thighs on your abdomen. Clasp your hands around your legs as if you are hugging your knees.

Hold the asana while you breathe normally. Every time you exhale, make sure you tighten the grip of the hands on the knee, and increase the pressure on your chest. Every time you inhale, ensure that you loosen the grip.

Exhale and release the pose after you rock and roll from side to side about three to five times. Relax.

Janu Sirsansana head to knee yoga pose

Janu Sirsansana, head to knee Pose: To begin, sit on the floor with your back erect.

Stretch out your left leg all the way from the hip joint. Bend your right knee, placing the bottom of the right foot against the inner part of your left thigh. Your right leg and knee should be comfortably pressed on the floor.

Your chest and navel should line up with your left leg. This will set your torso in the right position.

Let your hands provide support as they rest beside the hips.

Padmasana lotus yoga pose

Padmasana, lotus flexion: Sit on a flat surface on the ground with your spine erect and your legs stretched out.

Gently bend the right knee, and use your hands to place it on your left thigh. Your soles must point upward, and the heels must be close to your abdomen.

Do the same with the other leg.

Now that both your legs are crossed, and your feet are comfortably placed on the opposite thighs, model your hands into a mudra of your choice and place it in position. Typically, the hands are placed on the knees.

Alternatively, here are some more ways to balance out the second Chakra:Malasana, squatting pose. Women can  practice Kegel exercises, and both men and women can do Bandha yoga—where you lock or tighten certain areas of your body—to help bring strong energy and strength to the area of the first Chakra.

Chanting or toning sounds can also help bring you back to balance just like music brings people together. Sounds create vibrations in the body, and these vibrations help the cells work together in synchronistic harmony. The mantra sound that corresponds to the root Chakra is LAM.

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