Muladhara Chakra

Muladhara Chakra

Muladhara (Sanskrit: मूलाधार, Mūlādhāra), meaning “root place” is the first of the main seven chakras.

Muladhara is located at the base of the spine. It is linked to survival instincts and our ability to ground ourselves in the physical world. Blockage manifests as paranoia, and defensiveness.

The root chakra roughly corresponds to the polar area between the “huijin” and “changqiang” acupuncture points in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Behavioral Characteristics
If a person with tightened jaws and fists refuses to live in accordance with the natural laws that govern his body, he will create further karma, or worldly entanglement. His sense and work organs will only serve to bring confusion and pain in exchange for temporary gratification. Once a person begins to act in harmony with these natural laws, he will no longer waste energy or pollute his sensory awareness with over-indulgence. Such a person will act wisely and with moderation, exploring his body and mind as vehicles of liberation from the lower realms.

Muladhara Chakra

  • Activity: Collecting and Saving.
  • Animal: An Elephant with seven trunks.
  • Aspect: Security
  • Attributes: Patience and Greed
  • Body Parts: Anus, Nose, Hamstrings, Calves, Feet, Bones, Flesh, Skin, Nadis and Body Hairs
  • Colour: Yellow, red, black
  • Deities: Ganesha, Indra, Brahma and Dakini
  • Desire: Survival.
  • Element: Earth
  • Location: Base of Spine, at the tailbone
  • Mantra: Om, Lam, Bijan Mantra-Vam opens up blocks in the lower body. Each petal has a Sanskrit letter (Varn, Sarn, Sharn, Sxarn).
  • Meditation: 1st Chakra awakens the Kundalini and starts the upward flow.
  • Name: Base, Foundation
  • Plane: Physical plane
  • Planet: Saturn
  • Sense Organ: Nose
  • Sense: Smell
  • Shape: Square
  • Work Organ: Anus

Open the Root Chakra
Let the tips of your thumb and index finger touch.Concentrate on the Root chakra at the spot in between the genitals and the anus. Chant the sound LAM.

Using the body and becoming aware of it
The Root chakra is the most physical one. This means that any activity that makes one more aware of the body, will strengthen this chakra. Sports, martial arts, Tai Chi (taiji), walking and yoga. But no overdoing or exhaustion.

The Root chakra is particularly about connecting to the ground. Expressions like “Be on firm ground” and “Getting on your feet again” convey a good connection and an open Root chakra. “To lose ground” and “Getting swept off your feet” convey a closed (or almost closed) Root chakra. When your Root chakra is closed too far, you may actually feel that your feet don’t seem to really touch the ground.

Stand to strengthen the connection to the ground

  • Stand up straight and relaxed.
  • Put your feet shoulder width apart.
  • Slightly bend your knees.
  • Put your pelvis somewhat forward.
  • Keep your body balanced, so that your weight is evenly distributed over the soles of your feet.
  • Sink your weight downward.

Duration: 5-10 minutes – later up to 30 minutes.

Contracting the Anus
By contracting the muscles that are between the anus and the genitals, the Root Chakra is stimulated. At each inhalation, contract these muscles inward, at each exhalation, relax.

Duration: 2-3 minuttes.

Muladhara Chakra

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1 comment

  1. Thank you, thomas,
    it is great article.
    I am doing presentation on chacras, and it was very difficult to find anything on Muladhara chakra. Thanks to your article, I found what I was looking for.

    Best regards, Elena

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