First Chakra: Root Chakra

Hey everyone! College has been taking up all my time, but I’m back and ready to write. I’m finally going to talk to you guys about the 7 primary Chakras, which is a big aspect of yoga.

The Chakras are the energy points along the spinal line which keep us healthy and balanced with the world around us. They include; Muladhara, Sadhishthana, Manipura, anahata, vishuddha, Ajna, sahasrara.

First I’ll talk about the the First Chakra, or Muladhara.

What is it: The root chakra is known as the base on which we build our life. It supports us in growing and feeling physically safe and secured or regarding to our bodily needs. This chakra is where we ground ourselves into the earth and anchor our energy.

Also known as: The Root Chakra.

Color: Red, which represents strength and vitality.

Right: To have and be

Symbol: A four petaled lotus flower. It symbolizes a spirit connecting with the earth and is seen as the center of our life force.

Where is it located: The base of the spine. It is often represented as a cone of energy because it starts at the base of the spine then down and slightly bends up.

What it influences: Physical identity, ambition, stability, security/safety, grounding

Feelings due to imbalanced chakra: Excessive negativity, eating disorder, greed, insecure, constantly living on survival mode.

For someone who is imbalanced with this chakra are constantly feeling unsafe in their own body or environment. A blocked chakra may result in behaviors controlled by fear. On the other end of the spectrum, when the chakra is excessive or overactive, fear may turn into paranoia, which is an extreme representation of an imbalanced chakra.

How to open the root chakra: The main idea is to grow your “roots” in a safe environment. Meaning that you want to surround yourself with earthly colors or engage in earthly activities, such as hiking or gardening.

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