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
- 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.
- EasyPose or Sukhasana
- Child’s Pose or Balasana
- Triangle Pose or Trikonasana