What is the Root Chakra ?

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Updated: May 2021.

When I started the series on Chakra and Endocrine Glands, the first and very obvious question I get asked was What is the Root Chakra?  It’s very natural to get this question whenever somebody is introduced to Yoga, Reiki or similar healing energy techniques.

What is the Root Chakra?

The original name of the Root Chakra is Mooladhar Chakra, which is made up of two Sanskrit words:  Moola means root, original and aadhar means foundation or base.  So we can say that Moodadhar chakra is the base, foundation or root of all other chakra systems.  It is the very base chakra on which the whole of our chakra system is based.  It is, therefore, the most important chakra in the chakra series, and as we all know if one chakra is unbalanced, unhealthy, overactive or underactive, it reflects on the other chakras also.  The foundation has to be very strong, balanced and energetically healthy to have a balanced chakra system

what is the Root chakra


Location of the Mooladhar / Root Chakra :

Mooladhar Chakra is located at the base of the spine ( Coccyx), the first three vertebrae.  It is our survival center, is responsible for the safety and security feeling on this earthly journey.


The symbol consists of four lotus petals, with a downward triangle in it.  The four petals arranged from right to left color is deep red, yellow and golden.  The downward triangle represents the center of our vital life force and is the seat where Kundalini stays coiled, dormant.

Kundalini is primal energy located at the base of the spine.  In modern commentaries, Kundalini has been called an unconscious, instinctive force..

Root Chakra Mantra

The beej mantra is Lam.  Beej means seed, like when a seed is sown, grows into a tree.

The beej mantra is a one-syllable seed.  Each chakra has its own beej mantra and as you know the sound is vibration.  Each of chakra has its own specific vibration.  when you recite this mantra, you tune yourself to these vibrations of the chakra.  Recitation purifies the energy and balances the mind and body.

Beej mantra when recited with proper guidance, persistence, dedication can grant specific results, such as health, wealth, knowledge, wisdom, protection.  Beej mantra has its own vibration and power.

Lang is the beej mantra of Mooladhar / Root chakra so reciting this mantra cleanses the impurities of the chakra, clearing any blocked energy.  Recitation of Lang will be beneficial if you feel drained, struggle financially and with survival issues.

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what happens when Mooladhar / Root Chakra dysfunction?

The first and foremost Physical symptoms of the dysfunction of Mooladhar chakra are lower back pain and  Sciatica.  Kidney problems, drug addiction, anemia, cancer, gynecological problems, problems with groin, hips, legs, knees, calves, and feet can be seen as Mooladhar Chakra dysfunction.

If the Moodladhar chakra is blocked, can cause reproductive problems, bladder irritation, a person gets disconnected easily from the physical world.  With an underactive Mooladhar Chakra, a person suffers from depression, laziness, lack of self-esteem and ungrounded.  On the other hand, if it is overactive, aggressive and addictive behavior is common.  Restlessness and impatience also can be major symptoms.

How to heal Mooladhar / Root Chakra

There are a number of methods and techniques to heal or balance the Muladhara or Root chakra.  Anyone of this or combination can be of great help if done with persistence.

Yog Sadhana :  The yog sadhana is the holistic way to maintain your overall health, the importance of practicing Yog in a daily life can not be debated.  The basic principle of yog based on the Chakra system. Every Yog asana works on the overall healthy functioning of Chakras and thereby a healthy human system.  Every  Yog asana is designed in such a way that it contracts and expands the Chakra, which leads to proper energy flow in the said Chakra.

For the proper functioning of Mooladhar Chakra, the daily practice of Garudasan, Shashankasan, Siddhasan, and the Moola bandha is necessary.  Nose tip gazing or Nasagra Drishti is also beneficial.

Mantra Therapy : Chant Lang beej mantra of Mooladhar / Root Chakra, to tune with the vibration of the Chakra,

Sound Therapy :  The Mooladhar chakra vibrates in harmony to C note / 256Hz.

Color Therapy:  The color of the Mooladhar Chakra is primarily red, so use redder in your day to day life, may it be your clothes, your stationery, your surrounding, anything you like to add to this list.  Just try to use a more red color.

Try to visualize a red lotus flower at the base of your spine.

Nourish the Mooladhar chakra :  By eating proper food, you can really help your root chakra to be balanced. Try to eat Red color vegetables like beetroot, carrot, fruits like strawberries, cherry, Red apple, pomegranate, etc.

Crystal Therapy  : Crystals like Red Jasper, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Obsidian, Kyanite can be of great help.  Along with the red color crystals, dark black color crystals are also very useful, as they have a strong grounding vibration.  The best way to use crystals is to use it as jewelry or just keep it in a pouch in your pocket.

Aromatherapy : Essential Oil can be used very effectively for the proper functioning of Chakras.  Essential Oils carry the frequency and healing properties of plants.  Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Ginger, Carrot Seed, Juniper are few to name, can be used for root chakra.

Precaution : Do not apply directly to the skin; always dilute with a carrier oil. The best way to use essential oils in the bath is to mix them first with salts or an emulsifier such as milk or sesame oil.

Affirmations:  Affirmation is a positive statement or judgment  or another definition is  “A statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, especially when used for the purpose of autosuggestion.”

The main objective of Affirmation is to program your subconscious mind.

The affirmation for Mooladhar chakra / Root chakra:  ” I am Grounded, safe and connected “

Energy Circle:  Energy Circles(EC) are the easiest tool that you can use for healing.  Take a printout and laminate it.  Keep a glass of water or a bottle on this EC for 30 seconds.  Now the water is charged with the healing frequencies and switchwords. Drink this water throughout the day.  Do this till you get the desired result.

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Lastly, the element of Root Chakra is Earth, so getting out in nature, walk barefoot, sit in the garden and just try to absorb the energy and vibration of the mother earth.

The healthy Mooladhar chakra leads to a very safe and stable life.  So just go ahead and try these remedies for a healthy and vibrant Mooladhar / Root Chakra.

Next in our Chakra Series is Swadhisthan or Sacral Chakra.

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  1. Hi I’m interested but just a beginner and I thank you for this information of reiki. I was going round in circles and did not know where to start and wanted to give up. But reading your page has given me new hope thank you ?


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