Muladhara Chakra: The Root

As teachers and devoted yogis we know how powerful personal knowledge of the chakra system can be. Working with the chakras allows you to understand yourself better and gain deep insight into any issues that might require your attention. With this deeper awareness, you become empowered to focus your energies towards bringing even more balance and harmony in your life. This is one of the biggest gifts a full spectrum yoga practice can give both you and your students - creating transformation that allows people to realize their best selves.

Dana

Muladhara, the base chakra, is our foundation and represents earth, the most dense of the five elements that compose life. It’s of vital importance that our foundation is strong because when it is not, our primal needs of personal stability and security become out of balance. Muladhara governs your relationship with money, your family and your physical body – your roots. 

In teaching yoga, we want to pay special attention to the feet, legs, pelvic floor and pelvis to establish that firm, steady foundation for our “roots”. The seeds of all action are located in Muladhara and together with the lower chakras, can only be expressed properly when the base is steady. 

Here is some inspiration to work with the energy of Muladhara whether you’d like to find balance and connection in your own life or you wish to implement it in your teachings. 

*Remember, the usage of the words “higher” or “upper” and “lower” chakras is not meant as a hierarchical adjective but rather a physical descriptor of their locations in the body along the spine. Our intention is not to imply that the lower chakras are something to evolve past or move beyond or dismiss as “less than”. All the chakras are connected, as is everything in life, so the aim is to focus on the system as a whole and find balance where it’s needed as you move through your personal spiritual evolution.

Overview

Color: Red
Location: Base of spine
Affirmation: I Am
Crystal: Jasper
Aroma: Patchouli
Mantra: Lam
Deity: Brahma, Ganesha
Element: Earth

Associations

Represents: Foundation, safety, survival
Emotion: Belonging, independence, survival
Physical: Spine, bladder, blood, lower limbs, male reproductive organs
Age: 1-8
Sense: Smell

Characteristics

Balanced: Independent, trusting, grounded, poised, full of life
Overactive: Domineering, greedy, violent, bossy, egocentric, cunning
Under-active: Fearful, frustrated, shy, unsure, sexually inadequate

Themes to focus on:

  • Body Acceptance
  • Grounding
  • Nourishment
  • Abundance + Prosperity
  • Safety + Security
  • Roots

Prompts for Self-Inquiry

  • Does my life feel stable or out of control?
  • Do I find it difficult to make decisions?
  • What’s my relationship with money?
  • How do I act with regard to my personal safety or that of my family members?
  • Do I find it difficult to nourish my body properly?
  • Do I have ongoing problems with my parents, children or other family members?

Affirmations to Incorporate

  • The earth supports me and meets my needs.
  • It is safe for me to be here.
  • I love my body and trust its wisdom.
  • I am immersed in abundance.

Healing Practices to Balance

  • Reconnect with your body
  • Physical Activity
  • Massage and touch
  • Grounding
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Explore early childhood and relationship to mother

The body is the vehicle, consciousness the driver. Yoga is the path, and the chakras are the map.

Anodea Judith
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