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Balancing Muladhara Chakra – First Chakra

As I’ve explained in previous blog posts, I love exploring the chakra system. I find the chakras are a powerful tool for helping to explain the mind-body connection, and give context for our physical and emotional experience of each day.

 

Today, I want to take a deep dive into Muladhara chakra, which is the root chakra.

 

Like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the order of the chakras is important. In chakra theory, you can’t truly balance a higher chakra until you’ve found balance in a lower chakra. We need to be aware of the lower chakras whenever we seek to balance a specific chakra, which means that the first, lowest chakra – Muladhara – comes up in every balancing conversation.

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What is Muladhara Chakra?

Muladhara chakra rules basic needs like food, water, and shelter. It relates to our past history – both familial and societal. It’s all of the things that make you you without even realizing it. Muladhara relates to our sense of community, tribalism, and our connection to those around us.

 

As the base chakra, Muladhara is concerned with our physical and material reality. Did you get water? Did you get food? Do you feel safe? GOOD. Muladhara is taken care of.

 

Attributes of Muladhara Chakra

Muladhara chakra is ruled by the color red – think the red clay of the ground. Muldhara is associated with the element Earth.

 

The sound ‘LAM’ creates vibration in Muladhara chakra, and its symbol includes an upside-down triangle.

 

Muladhara is heavy and grounded.

 

Imbalances in Muladhara Chakra

The easiest way to understand your relationship to Muladhara Chakra is your sense of safety. Do you feel like you’re lacking in clothing, food, water, shelter, safety? Do you feel you don’t belong or as if you’re unstable? You likely have too little Muladhara Chakra.

 

On the other hand – do you obsess over fear of things being taken away from you? Are you particularly afraid of these possessions (monetary, provisions, home, love) being taken away by a person or group that you consider to be an “other”? Do you feel a sense of nationalism or tribalism that demeans the humanity of others? You likely are experiencing an overactive Muladhara chakra.

 

Physically, imbalances in Muladhara chakra can be experienced as leg pain, hip issues, and low back pain.

 

A lack of trust, confidence, or stability indicates a Muladhara Chakra imbalance.

 

How to Balance Muladhara Chakra

You can balance Muladhara chakra through affirmation:

  • I am safe.
  • I have everything I need.
  • I am enough.
  • I have enough.
  • I am connected.
  • I am grounded.
  • I trust in myself and others.

 

You can balance Muladhara chakra through yoga asana:

Spend time in poses with wide legs (like Malasana pose), bent knees (think Warrior 1 and Warrior 2), and strengtheners for the glutes and hamstrings (like Chair pose). You can find some tips for chair pose here.

 

Seated poses and stretches can also improve grounding and help you feel more stable.

 

I also recommend moving slower in your postures to help balance Muladhara. Start with 3-5 slow, steady breaths in your postures and move up to 10 breaths per shape. You’ll build your endurance and gain greater benefits from the shapes.

 

You can balance Muladhara chakra through breathing exercises:

To balance Muladhara, I use counted breaths with breath retention. You learn to trust that the breath is always there.

 

Count to 4 as your breathe in, hold the breath in for 4 counts, breathe our for 4 counts, and the hold the breath out for 4 counts.

 

Repeat 10 times. Over time, you’ll be able to increase the amount of time you count up to 8-10. As you increase the amount of time you breathe and count, you’ll activate the sympathetic nervous system to decrease stress.

 

Note: Please do not do any breath retention if you’re pregnant, have high blood pressure, cataracts/glaucoma, heart issues, or this feels uncomfortable. Talk with a doctor if you’re unsure if this breathing exercise is right for you.

 

The benefits of balanced Muladhara Chakra

Research has been done on the toll that poverty takes on our brainpower, and indeed, any sort of stress (physical or mental) reduces our energy and capacity.

 

When you balance your Muladhara chakra, you trust in your ability to be OK no matter what resources you have available. You feel safe and secure in yourself and in your community. You find that you don’t have to worry about “us” vs “them” because there’s nothing that can take away your dignity and humanity. Similarly, as you balance Muladhara, you’ll have less of a need to compete and win.

 

Balancing Muladhara chakra creates ease and safety that’s needed to balance the energy of the rest of the chakras. It creates a firm foundation that allows you to express your individuality and light.

 

So ask yourself: how’s my Muladhara Chakra? Do I feel safe? Do I trust in my ability to be “OK” or am I worried about others taking things away from me? How can I find trust in myself?

 

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  Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,   samantha attard sig

 

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