What is Root Chakra Meditation

The first chakra: Muladhara - the root chakra

The root chakra is located at the lowest end of the spine, just above the pelvic floor and is one of the seven main chakras. It is symbolized by a red four-petalled lotus that contains a yellow square in its center. The word Muladhara is a combination of two words. "Mula", the word for root in Sanskrit and "Adhara", which means something like foundation or support in Sanskrit. Muladhara is the foundation of the energy body. It is responsible for your sense of security, for the basic needs that a person has to satisfy, it stands for family connections and how comfortable we feel in our body and in our world. When your root chakra is in balance, you have a solid base for opening the higher chakras.

Awaken the Kundalini

Muladhara is the place of origin of the three most important nadis in yoga, the Shushumna, Ida and Pingala. Under the root chakra, it is said, lies the sleeping Kundalini serpent, waiting to be awakened and to begin its ascent through the Shusumna - the subtle spine. In addition, the karma of the past lies dormant in our Muladhara Chakra, it is said that this karma (Prarabdha Karma) has an influence on our present life and thus influences happy and unhappy experiences. All we do is sow a seed in the Muladhara Chakra and sooner or later it will start to germinate. The lowest chakra gives you the stability you need, this includes needs like food, but also emotional needs. Our subconscious is located in the Muladhara Chakra. When we activate our root chakra, unexpected qualities come to light, whether destructive anger or passion, freedom and joy. Even if it can be painful and disillusioning when we work our way through our unconscious, even unloved things turn into valuable experiences and opportunities for further development.

Signs that your root chakra is out of balance

Typical signs of a root chakra that is out of whack are fears, worries and nightmares. In addition, a certain restlessness is noticeable. So when you find yourself driven and excited about doing 100 different things without completing any of them, it is often a sign that you should ground yourself back. On the physical level, the imbalance affects the excretory organs, such as the bladder or intestines, or manifests itself as a problem in the lower back, legs or feet.

How to bring your Muladhara Chakra back into balance

One method to bring your root chakra back into balance is meditation. By connecting with your higher self, trust in the roots can also grow again. Whatever you want to call it, God, universe, energy, mother nature, the connection with the big picture, brings you peace and stability. Since the sense organ that is assigned to the root chakra is the nose, focus on the tip of the nose when meditating, also called Nasikagra Drishti. You can also use other things that are assigned to this chakra. This includes healing stones, colors, scents and sounds. The Bija mantra LAM is the sound associated with the root chakra. The vibrations that arise when chanting this mantra harmonize Muladhara. In general, all exercises that involve the Mula Bandha also help to ground yourself and bring your lowest chakra back into balance. You can also use the Ashvini Mudra to stimulate the Muladhara Chakra. And it's worth it, because the harmonization of Muladhara helps you to let go of negative thoughts and feelings and to free yourself from things that are not good for you.

The characteristics of the Muladhara Chakra at a glance

Number of lotus leaves: 4
Chakra color: yellow
Aura color: red
Bija mantra: Lam (in Kundalini Lang)
Sensory organ: nose
Element (Tattva): Earth
Geometric shape (yantra): square
God: Brahma
Animal: elephant
Gemstones: garnet, ruby, red agate, red jasper
Aromas: clove, cedar, rosemary
Character traits: constancy, calm, perseverance, balance, sense of reality, pragmatic

Asanas for the activation and alignment of the Muladhara Chakra

You can activate your Muladhara Chakra with the following asanas.

Katharina Maurer is a yoga teacher and video journalist. But Katharina Maurer is also on the road a lot, knows her way around quickly and is capable of implementation: quiet, focused and sensitive. Born in 1981 in B√∂blingen, she attended the Waldorf School in M√ľnster and later the Media Academy in Hamburg. So she can handle the camera, make TV reports, teach yoga and ... dance her name.