Understanding the Chakras: Muladhara or Root Support

In this seven part series, we explain the importance of aligning our main chakras. The first is the Root Chakra – discover the physical and mental signs of blocked energy in the Muladhara and how you may benefit from aligning it.

Root Chakra Feet in Grass Earth, feet in yoga


The first chakra, called muladhara, is located at the base of the spine. “Muladhara” means root support.

1st Chakra’s Natural Element: Earth

Muladhara is associated with the earth element and directly linked to your ability to dig in and feel firmly rooted in your life.

Life Motif of the Root Chakra

Aptly, this energy center is associated with your root issues, such as your sense of security, satisfying your basic needs, familial relationships, and how at home you feel in your body and on this planet.

Physical Signs of Blocked Muladhara Energy

When out of alignment, the muladhara can be associated with weight gain (or loss), depression, anxiety, constipation, pelvic pain, and incontinence.

Mental Signs of Blocked Muladhara Energy

When the root chakra is out of alignment, you may find yourself busily bouncing from one thing to the next in a rush without appropriate attention or intention. This can lead to exhaustion, anxiety, and stress. On the flipside its imbalance can result in a feeling of lethargy, being stuck, feeling unable to take action, and manifest intention.

Energetic Benefits of Aligning the Root Chakra

When the first chakra is in healthy alignment, you will be able to tap into its graceful stability to support a calm and steady energy.

4 Yoga poses for the Root Chakra

  1. Mountain Pose or Tadasana – One of the easiest ways to connect with Muladhara energy is to stand tall, close your eyes and simply feel your feet touching the ground.
  2. EasyPose or Sukhasana
  3. Child’s Pose or Balasana
  4. Triangle Pose or Trikonasana