The Muladhara Chakra / Root Chakra is the first of seven primary chakras or energy centers that are present in the subtle body of human beings going by the Hindu and Buddhist Tantric traditions. The chakras serve as the portals for the flow of vital energy between the subtle body and the cosmos, and they are beyond the realm of the five senses. However, this chakra has immense impact of a variety of aspect of everyone’s lives because of its extremely intense nature, which makes it among the most important of the chakras present in the body. The characteristic color of this chakra is red, which is the most intense color in the color spectrum, as well as, the densest color among all those symbolizing the primary chakras.
Key Characteristics of the 1st Chakra:
Sanskrit Name: Muladhara Chakra
Meaning: Root support
Location: Perineum, base of spine, coccygeal plexus
Function: Survival, grounding
Other Body Parts: Legs, feet, bones, large intestine, teeth
Malfunction: Weight problems, degenerative arthritis, hemorrhoids, constipation, knee troubles
Inner State: Stillness, security, stability
Outer Manifestation: Solid
Seed Sound: Lam
Vowel Sound: O as in rope
Petals: Four—vam, sam, sam, sam
Planets: Saturn, Earth
Minerals: Lodestone, ruby, garnet, bloodstone
Animals: Elephant, ox, bull
Foods: Proteins, meats
Corresponding Verb: I have
Yoga Path: Hatha yoga
Herbs for Incense: Cedar
Lotus Symbols: Four red petals, yellow square, downward pointing triangle, Shiva lingam
Hindu Deities: Brahma, Dakini, Ganesha, Kubera, Uma, Lakshmi, Prisni
Chief Operating Force: Gravity
Rights: Right to be here and right to have
What Does the Muladhara Chakra Look Like?
The appearance of the Muladhara Chakra is quite surprisingly not dominated by the color red but rather a shade of yellow, with its symbol being a yellow lotus, square in shape, and with eight spears on its sides and four bright red petals at the corners. The position of this chakra in the physical body is at the base of the spinal column in the vicinity of the coccygeal plexus. The intense red color that symbolizes this chakra is the most energetic of all colors, and it stands for life force and action. Moreover, the Root Chakra is intricately associated with financial wellbeing and manifestation of wealth, and its healthy state is essential for ensuring financial prosperity in any person’s life.
How important is the Muladhara Chakra?
The position of the Muladhara Chakra in the physical body makes it intimately related with the proper functioning of the adrenal glands, which plays the most crucial role during the state of “fight or flight’ response in any person. This chakra makes it possible for people to be able to become more aware of their physical existence and revel in it. A healthy state of this chakra manifests in the form of high energy and vitality, as well as, robust functioning of all the various organs and systems in the physical body. However, any impediment can result in depression, and sluggishness, as well as, general feeling of disconnection from the body.
How the Root Chakra affects one’s Health and Relationship:
The Root Chakra also plays a dominant role in enhancing the strength and conviction of any person on a mental level as well. Since red is the most masculine, and dominant of chakra colors, with an outgoing nature, healthy state of this chakra helps people in becoming confident and driven in focusing upon their goal and commanding attention from others. These individuals tend to be highly ambitious and often make a name for themselves in politics. On the other hand, its poor functioning leads to lack of focus and organizing skills, as well as, pessimism and narrow thinking.
The Root Chakra endows people with the ability to love and be passionate in relationships, while possess high degree of righteous anger as well. Moreover, it enables individuals to be highly determined in their endeavors and be full of excitement regarding all their activities. However, any impediment to the flow of energy through this chakra gives rise to a sense of anger and frustration, with the suppression of rage often giving rise to chronic depression and persistent resentment.
Red is the color most associated with courage and action. A healthy Root Chakra endows individuals with the courage, conviction, and strength to move forward, and to be the guiding light towards change for a better tomorrow. However, any impediment to this chakra can give rise to an inability to expand any viewpoint, and be excessively stubborn. Therefore, its proper functioning is essential to make an impression in life in both social and financial spheres.