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Our Root Chakra

The Root Chakra is our first chakra. The sanskrit term for this chakra is Muladhara (mu-lad-hara). Mula meaning root and Adhara meaning our base. Our root chakra resides at the base of our spine, which gives a direct grounding connection with us to the earth. It calls attention to our most basic needs - our survival instincts.


Am I getting enough food and water? Do I have adequate shelter? Do I feel safe?


Our root chakra’s home is at our base, and often referred to as our “base chakra”. When our root chakra is in alignment (and clear of negative energy), we feel grounded, secure, and safe within our body and surroundings. This chakra offers us stability, which in return allows us to trust that our world is an abundant place. We are able to live within an abundant mindset, which in return, allows us to be open to the many blessings of the universe.


However, when our root chakra is out of balance, we feel ungrounded. This ungrounding can cause us to heavily attach ourselves to material possessions. An out of balance root chakra may push us to live in a lack of mindset, which in return does not allow us to enjoy what we do have because we are afraid to lose it. With an unaligned root chakra, we might even neglect ourselves and our basic needs (this applies when we have the ability to give our basic needs to ourselves and we do not; commonly side effects of an out of alignment root chakra is anxiety and depression*).


When we meet our most basic needs, we are able to feel more safe and secure within our own bodies. When our bodies feel good, it is a step closer to us feeling good. Our root chakra is connected to all that makes us feel stable within our own life. When it is out of balance, you feel an instability within yourself which then translates to other sectors of your life. In clearing and neutralizing our root chakra, it allows us to have a sturdy foundation. There, it allows us to sow and grow all that we wish upon i


So, how do we clear our Root Chakra?


Any rituals that make YOU feel more grounded and safe, are a means of clearing your root chakra. Bringing intention to these rituals can be a very powerful means of activating your root chakra.


However, if you are looking for specifics, here are some techniques that can allow you to clear your Root Chakra.


Meditative Techniques


  • Body Scan

Sit in a quiet place, and make yourself comfortable. Bring your attention inwards, allowing your attention to land on your breath. Start your body scan by starting at the crown of your head, and traveling down the back of your head, down your spine, going vertebrae by vertebrae, until you land at the base of your spine. This is where you root chakra resides. Hold your attention here, continuing your deep breathing. Without judgement in what arises, feel and note what arises for you. Maybe, ask yourself, how can I make myself feel more safe in my body? How can I bring more stability to my life? Journal about it afterwards.


  • Healing Red Energy

Sit in a quiet place, and make yourself comfortable. Bring your attention inwards, allowing your attention to land on your breath. Bring your hands to the base of your spine, where your tailbone is located. This is your root chakra. Keeping your attention here, imagine a healing red energy starting to grow within your root chakra, clearing away any negative energy that may be stuck there. Continue as needed.


Root Chakra General Clearing Techniques


  • Eat 3 balanced meals a day.

Intentionally incorporating red foods and root foods into your diet, can also help clear your Root Chakra (i.e. red foods: tomatoes, beets, cherries, strawberries, red bell peppers, red onions, watermelon, radishes; root fruits: i.e. beets, potatoes, onions, ginger, garlic, radishes)

  • Ensure you are getting 8 hours of rest a night

  • Going outside and having direct contact with the earth.

This could be going outside and just sitting on the grass, leaning against a tree, sitting on the beach. Anytime you are making direct contact with the earth, and you bring intentionality to it - it can be an incredibly grounding experience.

  • AGAIN, and this cannot be said enough, any practices that bring grounding, peace, and safety to you and your body - practice them and bring intentionality of activating you root chakra to them.


Basic Facts About Your Root Chakra:

  • Our Root Chakra is our 1st chakra

  • Located at the base of your spine

  • Correlated to the color Red

  • Chakra is represented by a lotus of 4 petals

  • Concerned with our basic needs and survival instincts

  • The chakra system originated in India between 1500 and 500 BC in the oldest text called the Vedas.

If there is any information you have learned about your own root chakra that you would like to share, please comment below anything from info you've come across, different resources involving your Root Chakra, or any rituals you've adopted that clears your root chakra.

Citing Sources:

Toy, F. (2020). The Power of Chakras. Heatherton Victoria, Australia: Hinkler.

Fondin, M. (2020, December 18). The Root Chakra: Muladhara. Retrieved January 20, 2021, from https://chopra.com/articles/the-root-chakra-muladhara


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