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The Root Chakra (Muladhara)

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The root chakra, or Muladhara in Sanskrit is the first and primary chakra believed to be located at the base of your spine. The word Muladhara breaks down into two Sanskrit words: Mula meaning “root” and Adhara, which means “support” or “base.” It is linked with the color red and the Earth element. It is responsible for your safety, survival, stability, and security on this earthly journey. This includes your basic needs such as water, food, shelter, and safety as well as your emotional needs of letting go of fear. It's the very foundation of everything stable in your life. When these things are met you feel grounded and safe and tend to worry less.

If there is an imbalance in the root chakra you may experience anxiety and depression disorders, fears, or nightmares. Physical imbalances may manifest as problems in the colon, the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, leg, or feet issues. In men, prostate problems may occur. Eating disorders, weight gain, feeling stuck, or unable to make decisions may also be signs of a root chakra imbalance.


Other signs of a blocked root chakra could be financial insecurity, addictions, greed, guilt, old resentment, past anger, rage, feeling disconnected, or lethargic and spacey.


Root Chakra: "I am"

Location: Base of the spine

Color: Red

Element: Earth

Mantra: "Lam"

Glands: Adrenals

Aura: Etheric Body


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