How to unblock the Root Chakra

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Your chakras can become blocked and unbalanced from time to time for lots of different reasons. 

When your Root Chakra is in harmony, you feel peaceful, grounded, and prepared for whatever life throws at you. You also have vitality and self-confidence instead of arrogance or fear.

However if you're lacking motivation, feel anxious, out of control or stressed, this could be a sign that your Root Chakra needs to be balanced. 

To have a healthy, open chakra system, it is essential to ensure that your chakras have a strong foundation, and that starts with a stable Root Chakra. In this article we look at how to identify the signs of a blockage or under-active Root Chakra, as well as how to unblock your Root Chakra. 

What is the Root Chakra?

The chakras are thought to originate from Indian spiritual and theological traditions. The Vedas, a collection of ancient spiritual writings that date from 1500 to 100 BC, is the first to make reference to these energy centers.

There are seven major chakras - the Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra.

chakra body map

They can be thought of as wheel-like vortexes that maintain the body's energy balance. They impact your health, your ability to express yourself, and even how you view the world. 

The Root Chakra, as the name suggests, relates to our connection to the earth, as well as our sense of safety and stability in our daily lives. It is the basis of our life force, providing us with the energy to go about our everyday activities and attain our goals.

It is situated between the perineum and the lower spine. Some believe it is also connected to the anus and the adrenal glands because of its position.

A healthy Root Chakra is associated with the following:

  • presence and attention
  • feeling dependable and safe
  • a healthy survival instinct
  • a feeling of identity
  • a solid sense of self and connection to others
  • the capacity to look after oneself
  • a desire to live

The Root Chakra at a glance

Sanskrit name: Muladhara Chakra. Mula, which means "root," and Adhara, which means "support" or "base."

Location: The pelvic floor, the first three vertebrae, and the base of the spine.

Color: Red

Element: Earth

Symbols of balance: Feelings of security, safety, as well as stability

Signs of an imbalanced Root Chakra: feelings of disconnection or alienation, anxiety, nightmares, terror, pain in the feet and legs, and weight gain (especially in the lower half of the body).

 

Symptoms of a blocked Root Chakra

Our most fundamental needs — food, shelter, safety, as well as mental stability — are addressed by the Root Chakra. When these conditions are not satisfied, we may well be experiencing issues with our Root Chakra.

When our chakras are blocked or unbalanced this can disrupt the flow of energy around our body, leading to physical and mental issues. For example, when the Root Chakra is blocked you may feel fear, anxiety or a general sensation of unease in your own skin.

A Root Chakra imbalance is thought to have a variety of negative effects on health and well-being, such as:

1. Emotional Symptoms

The Root Chakra is responsible for maintaining your emotional equilibrium. You may suffer a number of symptoms when it's out of balance, including:

  • Feeling stressed or worried
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling worn out or lacking in energy
  • Feeling out of control or unstable
  • Having issues with one's self-worth or confidence
  • Despondency or sluggishness
  • Inability to take action
  • Having panic attacks or feeling alienated from oneself

2. Physical symptoms

A feeling of pain in the lower body and intestines is a common sign that the Root Chakra is out of balance. Other physical symptoms include:

  • Continuously gaining or losing weight
  • Digestive issues such as constipation or diarrhea
  • Hip or lower back discomfort
  • Fatigue

3. Spiritual symptoms

Some people may experience spiritual issues when the Root Chakra is unbalanced. These could include:

  • An inability to put your faith in the earth to provide for and feed you
  • An uncertainty about your position in the universe
  • A spiritual or existential crisis
  • A lack of will

4. Behavioral symptoms

Extreme behavior is often a warning sign that our chakras are out of balance. A Root Chakra imbalance can manifest itself in compulsive behaviors such as:

  • An obsession with money - you frequently fret about running out of money, losing your home, or just not having enough money, no matter how much you have.
  • Trying to be overly independent and refusing to ask for help, even when you really need it.
  • Being a workaholic, to the point of experiencing burnout.
  • Having unhealthy or problematic relationships with friends and family.
  • Not being satisfied with what you have and always wanting more.  
  • Fear of letting go of control.
  • Constantly looking out for potential risks or danger around every corner.  
  • A reluctance to be yourself and open up in front of others.
  • Feeling detached from other people and your surroundings.
  • Hoarding possessions and material wealth. 

If you're suffering from these symptoms, you may be wondering how to unblock your Root Chakra. Luckily there are lots of different ways you can heal and rebalance your Root Chakra. Remember, you are not the issue; you are the solution. 

How to unblock your Root Chakra

Being authentic is simple when your Root Chakra is balanced. You are less likely to worry about losing control or feel the need for other people's approval. Instead, you will be able to build open and honest relationships since trusting people will come naturally to you.

Here are some techniques you can use on a regular basis to unblock your Root Chakra:

1. Root Chakra foods

Your diet not only has a big impact on your mental and physical health, but it can also help keep your chakras balanced. 

Increase your intake of root vegetables including beets, onions, radishes, garlic, carrots, and parsnips to balance your Root Chakra. These plants, which are generated within the earth are full of healing energy and nutrients which support a balanced Root Chakra. 

Because the Root Chakra's healing color is red, you also find that many red or earthy colored foods are also beneficial such as tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, chillies and red fruits. 

chakra foods

2. Root Chakra yoga poses

Try holding hip-opening yoga postures like Kapotasana (pigeon position) and Mandukasana (frog pose), going deeper as you become more accustomed to the sensation, to help open the Root Chakra. 

These positions help to release tension in the groin region which can also be beneficial for the Sacral Chakra.

Some other yoga poses which also support the Muladhara or Base Chakra include:

  • Garland Pose: Start by standing with your feet mat-width apart for the Garland or Malasana pose. Bend down and push your knees back with your elbows as you exhale. Next, lengthen your back, tilt your torso slightly forward, and maintain your weight on your heels. Do this for five breaths or longer.
  • Tree Pose: One of the best postures for building a strong foundation is the Tree Pose (Vrikshasana). Start by assuming a tall stance and placing your feet firmly on the ground. Next, put your foot flat against the inner thigh of the opposite leg after grounding your energy via your upper and lower body. Next, put your hands in front of your chest in a gesture of prayer. Finally, repeat the tree posture on the opposite side after holding this position for a few breaths.
  • Standing Forward Fold: Start by stepping your feet together and standing tall. Kneel down slightly and reach forward to fold forward. Put your hands behind your legs or on the floor. After holding the stretch for a few breaths, allow your body to recover.

Many yoga traditions also recommend using chakra mudras (hand gestures) which engage certain parts of the brain and help to channel energy around the body. 

Root chakra yoga

3. Root Chakra meditation

You can utilize meditation as a grounding exercise to strengthen your relationship with your physical body. There are lots of different chakra healing meditation techniques to choose from, including:

  • Simple Root Chakra meditation: This involves simply picturing the color red while inhaling deeply and slowly to open the Root Chakra during meditation.
  • Lam-chanting meditation: Practice sitting comfortably and paying attention to your breathing until you feel calm and at ease. Then, repeat the word "lam" numerous times. Lam is the seed mantra for the Root Chakra. 
  • Grounding cord meditation: This active visualization meditation method will provide you with the stability and support you need to ground yourself and release negative energy.
  • Walking meditation: This meditation can help you feel more grounded and relax your nervous system. Why not try walking barefoot to deepen your connection to the earth. 
  • Concentrated meditation: Decide on a focus point, like your breath. Find a quiet place to sit, and start inhaling deeply into your abdomen. Consider the sensations you experience as you inhale and exhale if you have chosen to concentrate on your breathing, for instance.
  • Body scan meditation: Lying comfortably on your back is a good place to start. Relax your body by taking a few deep breaths into your abdomen. Bring awareness to your feet and pay attention to any physical sensations that may appear. Then move your attention up your body slowly, taking time to recognise any discomfort.  

You could also think about beginning your practice with Root Chakra affirmations to help focus your mind. 

root chakra affirmations

4. Root Chakra Crystals

Healing crystals and chakra stones can play a significant part in balancing and unblocking the Root Chakra, in addition to the other methods mentioned throughout this guide.

Red stones such as red tiger's eye, red jasper, red carnelian, and red garnet in particular can be very effective. This is because red, a hue connected with fire and our most fundamental requirement for survival, is the color associated with the Root chakra.

The best stones and crystals for healing that qualified crystal healers suggest using to help open up your Root Chakra are listed below:

  • Red Jasper
  • Red Carnelian
  • Red Garnet
  • Obsidian
  • Bloodstone
  • Red Tiger's Eye
  • Black Tourmaline
  • Hematite
  • Smoky Quartz
  • Black Onyx

5. Root Chakra Candles

Chakra candles are another way to invigorate your meditation and yoga practices. A Root Chakra candle combines the color red, with essential oils which support the Root Chakra, as well as gemstones which support our life force energy.

Chakra candles are often used as part of candle meditation practices

Root chakra candles

Takeaway

The Root Chakra serves as the energy system's stabilizing base, therefore the Root Chakra is a fantastic place to begin chakra work if you're new to it.

Root Chakra healing can make you feel more grounded and secure, and achieve healthy balance throughout your life.