The root chakra is the first chakra in the human body’s chakra system. It is called Muladhara in Sanskrit and is associated with the basic functions of life. As such, it has a physical aspect to it. The root chakra is located at the base of your spine. To be more precise, it is located at the perineum or the root of your body when you are seated in a meditative posture. This is also why it’s called the root chakra.
As the first energy center in the body, this chakra forms the basis of our spiritual development. Not only that, it can be crucial for our expansion in the physical world that we live in. To understand the significance of the root chakra, we must take a look at the things and aspects of our existence that it governs.
What It Governs
When it comes to the physical body, the root chakra governs your lower back, kidneys, colon, bladder, and bones, among others. Therefore, if your root chakra is blocked, you may experience physical issues like constipation, arthritis, bladder problems, and colon disorders.
This chakra also governs your survival instincts and primal needs of food, shelter, security, and a sense of belonging. It is also associated with the survival sense of smell. The fight or flight response to danger comes from this chakra as well. So, if your root chakra is blocked, you may experience psychological issues like feeling insecure, fearful, anxious, and so on.
Characteristics of Root Chakra
This chakra is usually symbolized with the color red that represents strength, vitality, life force, and instincts. It is often depicted with a diagram of four petals surrounding a triangle within a square. If you take a look at this symbol, you will realize that the triangle is a downward-pointing triangle. This symbolizes the spirit connecting with the planet (the physical existence). The mantra that is linked to this chakra is “Vam”, which means “I am.”
One crucial aspect of the root chakra is that it is associated with Earth. As such, it defines and influences your connection to the planet and your very existence. Those people who are able to activate their root chakra and keep it in alignment with the rest of the chakras experience stability and feelings of being grounded. This can be extremely crucial to survive and thrive in our human society.