The Base Chakra: How it Impacts Your Quality of Life
Our emotions reside physically in our bodies. On a subtle level, our bodies communicate with the energies around us and certain energetic impulses usually relate directly to a certain part of the body and chakra that’s weakened or imbalanced.
Each chakra represents a spiritual life lesson or challenge to help us gain a more in-depth understanding of our personal and spiritual power. This in turn helps us learn how to overcome obstacles, let go of emotional blockages, and walk the path towards spiritual consciousness.
“There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.” -Elizabeth A. Behnke
This article explains the root chakra in-depth by exploring it’s emotional and mental connection to the physical world.
The first chakra in your body is known by several names: root, base, or Muladhara. The energy of the base chakra or Muladhara is tribal power; this is all about family dynamics and how you connect with group identities later on in life. “Muladhara” in Sanskrit means “foundation.” The base chakra keeps us grounded, rooting us to familial beliefs that support the early formations of identity and a sense of belonging.
You may recognize this chakra in the YogiApproved.com logo:
Below are the main characteristics of the root chakra:
We’ll start with a basic overview of this first chakra. The Muladhara is “who am I in relation to others?” and we all need that basic support network – it is ingrained in our primordial brains in order to survive.
We are born into – and continue to seek – this group belonging throughout life.
When balanced in harmonious environments, the root chakra encourages safety in numbers, providing for life’s basic necessities, feeling at home, feeling supported within your family and knowing you can develop a sense of self within a tribal pack.
The root chakra is instinctual
It’s main focus is food, sex, shelter, survival, and even loyalty and honor towards the pack. The compulsion to overeat or hoard material items and money is a negative expression of our instinct for survival.
If our primal needs are not satisfied (i.e. we feel like we are not getting enough food, money, goods or sex to quench that desire), then our Muladhara is dysfunctional, meaning we are seriously disconnected to the earth.
The root chakra is the foundation of emotional and mental health
If the emotional and psychological stability within your childhood family dynamic was (and still is) a harmonious one, then you will have a balanced root chakra with strong survival instincts that can withstand the challenges of adult life.
Various mental illnesses are generated from early negative family experiences and can cause further disruptions to the higher chakras when this first chakra is out of sync.
Emotional issues associated with the Muladhara can translate into physical dis-eases like immune-related disorders because we feel unprotected and unloved by our tribe.
A few examples of the root chakra’s physical manifestations when imbalanced are: skeletal problems arising from lack of support from the collective familial body; intestinal disorders when we are unable to recycle emotional waste; reproductive issues come from feeling undeserving of a loving family.
What the root chakra teaches us
The lesson of the Muladhara chakra is having the willpower to break free from the emotional bondage of the tribe – essentially learning to fly away from the nest. If you are unable to find personal freedom, you’ll end up carrying a lot of emotional baggage with you into your careers and future relationships.
As a result, your view of the real world becomes distorted, and thus, living life becomes frightening and unstable because the emotional foundations were not properly rooted within you from an early age.
The power of the root chakra
As the energetic recycling bin of our auric field, the root chakra can turn negative emotional energies into power and light, and then return it to the earth as energetic compost. We cannot expel waste energies if our root selves are disassociated with the earth and our primal impulses are imbalanced.
Let it all wash away into the soil. We need to let go of certain attitudes that could be harmful before these energetic issues filter up the higher chakras.
The Muladhara is beautifully primordial with earthly feminine power. It is associated with the power of touch during love-making, and also the loving affection in the form of hugs and kisses that we give our children. It is the foundation of life and it urges us to procreate and express physical and supportive love to those we cherish.
The root chakra is our first understanding of love and survival, and it is vital to our hero’s journey that we heal any blockages from our roots up.
In this new age, we sometimes forget the importance of the root chakra (or the chakras in general for many people). We yogis tend to focus more on the higher chakras to attain enlightenment or a sense of peace. But how can we know peace if our foundations are not solid? How can a tree stand tall and proud if it has no roots to support its growth?
Life medicine for your root chakra
Dance to the beat of a drum, walk in nature, plant seeds, feel mud between your toes, and forgive the past.
Yoga poses for the base chakra: Warrior One, Triangle pose, and Eagle pose
Crystals to balance the base chakra: carnelian and bloodstone
Aromatherapy for the base chakra: cedar wood, patchouli, myrrh
The root chakra symbolizes our potential and growth from our beginnings by mastering intrinsic emotions in order to blossom – to emerge from the mud like a lotus flower.