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Root Chakra Healing: Everything You Need to Know

Root Chakra Healing: Everything You Need to Know

The Root Chakra, also known as the Muladhara, First Chakra or Base Chakra is associated with stability, security and the survival instinct. The Muladhara governs our relationship with the Earth, with the name originating from the words mula “root” and “adhara” meaning “support”.

When our Muladhara is open and balanced, we feel protected, safe and at ease in the world and in our physical body. However, the Root Chakra can easily become blocked or unbalanced when we experience feelings of anxiety or insecurity.

When that happens it’s important to engage in Root Chakra healing to address the imbalance and restore a healthy energy flow.

In this article we discuss everything you need to know about the Root Chakra, and the different tools you can use to balance your Root Chakra.

Root Chakra Summary

  • Sanskrit name: Muladhara
  • Location: Bottom of the spinal column
  • Color: Red
  • Chakra Element: Earth
  • Symbol: Square and inverted triangle within a four-petaled lotus
  • Frequency: 396 Hz
  • Zodiac: Capricorn and Aquarius
  • Energy: Masculine
  • Signs of a balanced Root Chakra: Feeling comfortable, secure and stable in yourself and the world generally.
  • Signs of an imbalanced Root Chakra: Anxiety, paranoia, materialism, workaholism, insecurity and depression. Physical symptoms include fatigue, pains in the legs, feet and lower back.

Read on to learn more about your Muladhara!

What is the Root Chakra?

The 7-chakra system is an energy system originating from Hinduism and Buddhism spirituality. The system has seven primary chakras:

  1. Root Chakra
  2. Sacral Chakra
  3. Solar Plexus Chakra
  4. Heart Chakra
  5. Throat Chakra
  6. Third Eye Chakra
  7. Crown Chakra
Chakra body map
Chakra body map

As the name suggests, the Root Chakra (also known as the Muladhara, First Chakra or Base Chakra) represents the fundamental base or “roots” of the human body and is responsible for our sense of stability in the world. 

It creates a solid foundation for our whole energy system. In fact, Kundalini Spirit (life force energy) is said to lay dormant in the location of our Root Chakra, and it cannot be awakened until our Root Chakra is open. 

The Root Chakra is an earth element and it is associated with the color red, reflecting its connection with the earth.

Learn more about the color of the Root Chakra. 

It is also believed to be the source from which the three main psychic channels or nadis arise: the Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. Before working on healing a particular chakra, it’s important to ensure your Root Chakra is healthy and balanced since this is the foundation on which all the other key chakras are based

The Root Chakra relates to all our basic physical requirements, for example food, drink, shelter and safety, as well as our fundamental emotional needs such as freedom from fear and anxiety, mental stability and sense of security. This is why we feel grounded and comfortable when we have a balanced Root Chakra.

Imagine your mind and body is like a home – when your home is built on strong, secure foundations then it will be stable and reliable for many years to come, allowing you to focus on other challenges in your life.

Learn more about the Base Chakra.

Where is the Root Chakra?

The Root Chakra is located at the base of the spinal cord. Due to its position in the body, it is generally connected with our lower body health including our digestive system and pelvic area.

Read more about the location of the Base Chakra.

Root chakra location
Root Chakra location

Causes of Root Chakra Imbalances

Any experience which creates feelings of anxiety or insecurity can cause a blockage in the Root Chakra. For example if you experience abandonment or are exposed to a volatile environment or relationship this could lead to lasting trauma which manifests itself in the Root Chakra.

Some believe that the Root Chakra also holds a connection to the spiritual energies of our ancestors, and through this connection we will feel the challenges and difficulties that they too faced.

Regardless of your background it is likely that all of us will encounter an imbalance of our Muladhara Chakra at some point in our lives.

How Do You Know If You Need Root Chakra Healing?

It is possible to have an under-active Root Chakra or an overactive Root Chakra. When Root Chakra energy is low it will often manifest itself as fear, such as anxiety and worry about work, money, health or relationships.

An individual with an overactive Root Chakra can also experience fear however it will often manifest itself in other ways such as paranoia, defensiveness, aggressive behavior or greed.

If you think you could have an imbalance in your Root Chakra, it’s worth carrying out this simple exercise.

1. Sit down in a quiet, safe space where you won’t be interrupted.

2. If you’re sitting on a chair make sure both feet are on the floor so you feel grounded. If you’re sitting on the floor, make sure your spine is tall and you are sitting on your sit bones.

3. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths

4. Once you feel relaxed, begin exploring the following questions in your mind. Try to be honest with yourself:

  • Do you trust those around you?
  • Are you content in your job?
  • Are you content in your relationship
  • Are there any areas of your life that are worrying you?
  • How are you sleeping?
  • Do you have any anxiety or uncomfortable emotions around eating?
  • Do you feel worried about the future?

As you work through these questions, you will be able to identify if there are any areas in your life where you feel insecure or unsafe and if there are any behaviors which could be indicative of an unbalanced Root Chakra.

root chakra candles
Root Chakra candles

Signs of an Imbalanced Root Chakra

To prevent a blocked Root Chakra, you need to pay attention to your emotions and behavior so you can quickly identify when you may require Root Chakra healing.

Emotional and mental signs of an imbalanced Muladhara Chakra include:

  • Obsession with money – you feel that you never have enough
  • Obsession with work – you always feeling stressed and like you need to do more
  • Negativity, pessimism, and anxiety
  • Feelings of insecurity
  • Never feeling good enough
  • Feeling disconnected and cut off from everyone around you
  • Paranoia and feeling like you can’t trust anyone around you
  • Restlessness, poor focus, and indecisiveness
  • Anger, resentment, and depression

Manifestations of an imbalanced Root Chakra in the physical body include:

  • Weight gain or weight loss from unhealthy habits around food such as binge eating
  • Physical pain in the lower body, including the lower back, base of the spine and legs
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Issues with your digestion
  • Panic attacks
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
symptoms of a root chakra blockage
Symptoms of a Root Chakra blockage

Signs of a Healthy Root Chakra

A balanced Root chakra means that we feel connected to the world around us and able to care for ourselves and those around us. From this place of stability, we can build confidence in ourselves and our choices, and meet life’s challenges head on.

A healthy flow of energy from the Muladhara Chakra results in feelings of empowerment, security and a sense of peace – the basis on which every other chakra can function freely.

When your Root Chakra is balanced you are likely to experience a sense of safety throughout your entire body. This helps to lay the foundations for personal growth and spiritual awakening.

How to Balance Your Root Chakra

There are many different Root Chakra healing methods. Here are some key grounding practices which can be very effective. You can try them out individually or combine them to create a powerful chakra healing session. 


The first step towards healing is acknowledging that your soul, mind, and body require your help and support.

Analyze your relationships and experiences, both past and present, to identify any issues that could be causing you feelings of anxiety or fear.

You can then work through these experiences with the help of a trusted friend or therapist if helpful. Journaling can also be a powerful method of self-analysis and Root Chakra development.

Root Chakra Yoga Poses

Yoga can be a great way to connect with your mind and physical body, and release unwanted tension.

Yoga poses or yoga asanas which are focused on your back and pelvic region are particularly beneficial for healing your Muladhara Chakra. These include Sun Salutations, the Mountain Pose, Tree Pose, Squat Pose, Warrior Pose, Goddess Pose, and Child Pose.

If you’re unsure, speak to a yoga teacher who will be able to talk you through suitable yoga sequences that you can adopt as part of your yoga practice.

Check out our 10 yoga poses to heal your Root Chakra.

Tree pose for the Root Chakra
Tree Pose is very effective for the Root Chakra

Root Chakra Mudras

Mudras are sacred hand gestures originating in Buddhist traditions. By forming these gestures with our hands, we can activate and tap into our life force energy and direct it to where it needs to go. They are often used alongside yoga poses or during meditation to focus the mind. 

Mudras such as the Prana Mudra and Muladhara Mudra are particularly popular for balancing the Root Chakra. 

Learn more about Root Chakra mudras.

Muladhara mudra is healing for the Root Chakra
The Muladhara Mudra is healing for the Root Chakra

Spend Time In Nature

Walking outdoors (known as earthing) is a powerful tool to ground the human body and reconnect with the natural world. This works particularly well if you walk barefoot on grass or sand if you live near the beach.

If you enjoy meditation, why not try walking meditation so you can benefit from Mother Nature as you practice. During the summer you could also try outdoor yoga. Physical exercise is beneficial for our mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing.

Root Chakra Affirmations

You may find that self-affirmations can help focus your mind on working through emotions and challenging negative thought patterns.

Self-affirmations can be spoken out loud at any time of the day, or you might choose to repeat them silently to yourself during meditation. You can also say them at the end or beginning of your yoga flow.

These affirmations work particularly well for the Root Chakra, but you can always come up with your own:

  • I am secure
  • I am fearless
  • I have a strong sense of self
  • I belong exactly where I am
  • With every breath, I release the anxiety and fear within me
  • I am safe in my body
  • I can always take care of myself
  • I love my body and trust its wisdom
  • I am comfortable being in the present moment

By repeating these statements, you can establish new thought patterns and challenge your mental habits. Try using these affirmations before starting Root Chakra meditation or Root Chakra yoga poses. 

Discover our list of 50 Root Chakra Affirmations.

root chakra affirmations
Root Chakra affirmations

Root Chakra Healing Meditation

Chakra meditation is a powerful way to calm your mind and help you connect to your subtle body. There are many different ways to meditate, but you can start off by following this simple Root Chakra meditation sequence:

  • Choose a peaceful spot where you won’t be distracted or interrupted
  • Get comfortable. You can sit on a chair, sit on a cushion on the floor or lie down – just try to make sure you have good posture
  • Close your eyes and begin to take deep breaths
  • Begin by focussing on your Root Chakra and the emotions you want to resolve
  • With each breath, imagine a wheel turning and expanding as you release and expand the life energy within your Root Chakra

You don’t need to meditate for a long time when you are first starting out – just a few minutes will be beneficial.

Learn more about how to do candle meditation for chakra healing.  

Subscribe to our chakra guided meditation

Root Chakra Essential Oils

You can empower your Root Chakra healing meditation further by using essential oils to help you focus on your Root Chakra and ward off negative energy.

Sandalwood, cypress, cedar, rosewood, patchouli, clove, black pepper, and ginger are all scents which are known to help us connect with our Root Chakra.

Burning a Root Chakra candle with one of these scents, or using aromatherapy oils while you practice can be very effective. You could also use essential oils alongside Root Chakra stones.

Learn more about essential oils for the Root Chakra (Top 10).

Root Chakra Crystals

Chakra crystals are another useful tool to help you connect with your Root Chakra. You can use them in various ways, including wearing them as chakra jewelry, placing them on your body as you meditate or simply placing them around your living space.

Red jasper, hematite, smokey quartz, carnelian and garnet are all used for healing the Root Chakra. Black stones such as black tourmaline are also popular Root Chakra healing crystals

Learn more about where to place crystals for the Root Chakra.

Root Chakra Frequency (Sound Healing)

Every chakra is connected to a distinct sound, also known as a bija or seed mantra. Sound causes vibrations in the body, and these vibrations help with the flow of life force energy in the body and promote emotional stability.

The bija mantra associated with the Root Chakra is “Lam”.

By chanting “Lam” repeatedly, the vibration caused is said to activate the Root Chakra energy center. You can also listen to Root Chakra healing music with the musical note D or frequency 396Hz to create these vibrations without chanting.

Learn more about the Root Chakra frequency.

Listen to the Root Chakra frequency on the Chakra Practice YouTube channel

Root Chakra Journaling

Journaling is another powerful tool for chakra balancing and it’s an activity that you can easily practice in your daily life. Studies have found that journaling can help alleviate stress and even support physical healing. 

Using a Root Chakra journal prompt is a great way to explore your thoughts and feelings concerning your security and stability in life. Simply find a quiet spot and a pen and paper and let your mind wander. You could start with a journal prompt such as: 

“How is fear keeping me stuck in unhealthy patterns and how can I move forward with courage?”

Explore our 50 Root Chakra Journal Prompts for strength and stability.

Root Chakra journal prompts
Root Chakra journal prompts

Root Chakra Foods

A healthy body relies on a healthy diet and your energy body is no different. The foods you eat have a direct impact on the healthy functioning of your First Chakra. 

Eating fruits and vegetables which are red or brown in color are great for this energy center, and so are root vegetables which take their nutrients from the earth. 

Learn more about Root Chakra foods.

Root chakra salad recipe
Root Chakra salad recipe

Reiki Chakra Healing

Reiki, which is usually carried out by a spiritual healer or reiki practitioner, can be an effective way to promote energy shifts in the body and rebalance particular chakras.

For a Root Chakra blockage, the Reiki master would focus their hands above the area where your Root Chakra is and channel healing energy towards this area. 

Learn more about reiki chakra healing


A healthy Root Chakra is the root of a healthy chakra system and the basis for wellbeing throughout the subtle body. It is common for it to become blocked or unbalanced however, particularly during anxious and stressful periods of our lives.

Using the Root Chakra healing techniques in this article you can activate your Muladhara Chakra and establish feelings of security, stability and grounding in your everyday life.

Whatever technique you choose, make sure you are patient with yourself. Healing an imbalanced chakra can take time and be most effective when it involves both emotional and physical healing practices. 

Ever wondered how long it takes to open the Root Chakra?

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  • Clare Smith

    Hi, I’m Clare – writer and publisher of Chakra Practice. I’m a certified chakra energy healer and a philosophy major. I love researching and writing about everything to do with chakras, including trying out new crystals, candles, essential oils – anything that can help me in my practice.

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