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 put context to the things we feel and experience in our bodies and minds every 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, or triablism, and our connection to those around us.

 

It’s a pretty base chakra, meaning that it’s concerned with the physicality of things. Muladhara chakra isn’t all that woo-woo. 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, and the Earth element.

 

The sound ‘LAM’ creates vibration in Muladhara chakra, and it’s 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 not have a sense of belonging or feel ungrounded? You likely have too little Muladhara Chakra.

 

On the other hand – do you obsess over the things you have being taken away? 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 by 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). (By the way – stay tuned for a Muladhara chakra balancing yoga sequence on the podcast later this week!)

 

Seated poses and stretches can also improve grounding and help you find your stability.

 

I also recommend taking the poses slower. Breathe 4-5 times per pose, slowly and steadily. Build up your endurance and strength to get the benefits of these poses.

 

You can balance Muladhara chakra through breathing exercises:

For Muladhara, I balance it with breath using counted breaths with breath retention. You learn to trust that the breath is always there.

 

Aim to breathe in for the count of 4 to 5, hold for 4 to 5, exhale for 4 to 5, and hold the exhalation for 4 to 5. Repeat 10 times. Over time, you’ll be able to increase the count, turning on your low-stress systems and finding your trust. (Of course, 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 the groups around you. 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, you lose that drive to compete and win over others (in an unhealthy way…a little friendly striving and competition is OK!).

 

Balancing Muladhara Chakra sets a tone of ease and safety that’s needed to work your way through the rest of the chakras. It gives you balance and stability, so that as you reach up to the higher chakras, you can express your creativity and personality.

 

So start by asking yourself: how’s my Muladhara Chakra? Do I feel safe? Do I trust in my ability to be “OK” or am I worried about other’s 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

 


samantha attard happy healthy humanSamantha Attard, PhD, is the founder of Happy Healthy Human. Sam is a performance coach and yoga instructor who helps people eat, move, and live with intention. Learn more here.

 

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