The Root Chakra

root chakra
  • Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
  • Location: At the base of the spine
  • Colour: Red
  • Element: Earth
  • Sense: Smell

As the first major chakra in our energy system, the root chakra forms the foundation for physical life. 

Much like we need a solid foundation to build a home on, we need a strong and balanced root chakra in order to feel rooted in this world and to be able to access the gifts that the higher chakras have to bring us.

This chakra appears as a beautiful lotus flower with four petals. In the centre of the lotus is a yellow square which symbolizes the earth element of this chakra. The root chakra is red in colour, often depicted as either a deep crimson red or a vibrant ruby red shade.

The main focus of this chakra is survival and ensuring that our basic primal needs are met, including shelter and food. Money can also be added to those needs, as we have to be and feel financially secure in life so that we can provide for ourselves and our family.

Physical symptoms of a blocked root chakra include reproductive issues and sexual dysfunction. An underactive root chakra can also affect the skeletal system, particularly the back; if someone feels undervalued and unsupported in life, then this can manifest as lower back issues.

On an emotional level, when this chakra is nourished and healthy, we feel like we belong. We feel safe in our own bodies and as well as in the world. We feel secure, stable, strong, and grounded. We have a deep knowing that we will always be able to look after ourselves physically and financially.

Take this short QUIZ to discover if any of your chakras are blocked.