MULADHAR CHAKRA (Root )
Meaning : Foundation / Root Element : Earth Action : Grounding Mindset : Self Aspects:Food and shelter Guna: Tamas Yoga: Hatha
Yantra : Muladhar can be visualized as a rotating vortex of energy with four petals which are the four nadis coming in carrying energy from the legs, feet, bones and the large intestines. The colour of this slowest of the chakras is Red – (remember that the seven chakras correspond to the division of the white light into VIBGYOR colors, with muladhar being the slowest, thus being Red). The symbolic animal for this earth chakra is an elephant and its deity is Ganesh. This deity is designed to symbolise all aspects of muladhar with its earthy look, vermilion colour, shape, elephant head and square structure - if one knows the correct procedure for any chakra meditation, then one can actually see the deity before their eyes. Because it is the first chakra and denotes the beginning of evolution, Ganesh or Ganapati is also prayed whenever any new work is commenced including spiritual sadhana. That's the starting point. It also contains the symbol of the kundalini as the kundalini is situated below the spinal cord.
Mantra: The four alphabets on the petals correspond to the vibratory frequency of the four nadis coming in from the physical body, namely “vang”, “shang”, “Kshang” and “sang”. The main frequency or Bija mantra of the muladhar chakra is "Lam". Uttering these mantras in a certain format and in a certain phonetic style, stimulates the chakra.
Practices: There are teachers and gurus who teach the correct techniques of stimulating the chakras using visualization, puja, havans and mantras, also called kriya kands. There are various yogic practices held to incite the energy in Muladhara including: asanas (such as Garudasana, Shashankasana, Siddhasana); nosetip gazing, and specific pranayamas; and most importantly the practice of mula bandha the contraction of the perineum., which awakens kundalini
Foods : Meat, proteins, onions, garlic, beans, nuts, dairy products releases adrenal gland. Red food – beet, red meat, red wine are good. Being a root chakra – food grown below the soil is good for muladhar.
General : People who are predominantly of Muladhar constitution are good in health, fit and fond of heavy food. They are too self oriented, insecure, stable, grounded, pessimists, instinctual, violent with great survival instincts. Animals are predominantly of Muladhar.
The first chakra is connected with psychological abilities, ensuring survival, protection of an individual. Its proper functioning gives confidence and stability. The lack of balance leads to the weak will, self-consciousness, sadness, depression. Such people cannot find the goal in their lives, lack roots and are preoccupied with satisfying their own bestial needs.Learn to feel secure and confident.
That all of your needs are easily fulfilled.
What it feels like when you're balanced:
The root chakra, known as the Muladhara in sanskrit, helps you establish a life-nourishing bond with the natural world, while minimizing the de-humanizing elements of the often frantic undergrounded pace of modern life.
I am safe in the world around me. I belong in this world, and am a part of Gaia (mother-earth). I am at peace with my surroundings, with the people and the events that occur.
Location - Base of spine
Sanskrit Name - Muladhara
Color - Red
# of Petals - 4
Element - Earth
Mantra - Lam
Mind - Intuition
Emotion - Confidence
Spirit - Survival
Golden Yellow Topaz
Aromatherapy/Essential Oils & Herbs
RED governs the BASE chakra situated at the base of the spine.
VITALITY, COURAGE, SELF CONFIDENCE
Related organs: kidneys and bladder, the vertebral column, hips and legs are also areas related to this chakra.
Endocrine gland: adrenal gland.
Associated problems: constipation, diarrhea, piles, colitis, Crohn's disease, cold fingers and toes, frequency of urination, hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney stones, impotence, hip problems, legs and feet. PINK can also be used here when a more gentle energy is required.
Personality Traits: Courageous, confident, humanistic, strong-willed, spontaneous, honest, and extroverted.
Red relates to self awareness. It is the area of survival and stability and your place on this earth. The colour red provides the power from the earth and gives energy on all levels. It connects us to our physical body. Everything that is to be commenced needs the life vitality of red.
Nutrition for the Root Chakra: Red Foods, such as red apples, strawberries, red cabbage. Ginger, carrots, or beets, or foods with “roots” and foods that are high in protein, such as eggs, meat, beans, nuts.