The Root Chakra (Muladhara) +5 Tips How to Open It

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The root chakra is the first of the 7 chakras. It’s the basis and the first step of your inner energy system. Imagine your body like a building with several floors. The root chakra is the foundation upon which all other floors stand on. 

This means that if you don’t take care of this chakra and keep it in balance, it will seriously affect your other chakras. 

In this article, we explain the root chakra’s meaning and show you when the root chakra is blocked or unbalanced. Finally, we give you five practical tips on how to heal, strengthen and cleanse your root chakra.

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What Is the Meaning of the Root Chakra?

Two round stones standing on each other

As you may know, each chakra has its color and symbol that represents it. The root chakra is also called red chakra or Muladhara. 

Muladhara“, is Sanskrit, and means something like “roots of existence” or “basis of existence“. Mula stands for “root” and adhara for “base”. 

Other symbols for the root chakra are smell and the earth element, and the energetic connection of the human being with the earth. 

The root chakra is located at the very bottom of the energy system, below the sacral chakra, at the beginning of the spine.

Muladhara stands in its meaning for security and rootedness. In today’s world, security means financial safety and existential security. Whether there is a blockage or overactivity, this manifests itself in your survival instinct and financial fear.

If your root chakra is blocked, you will feel excessive fear and panic for your existence, even if there is no acute danger.

The importance of the root chakra is reflected in various theories today, such as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In this theory, basic and existential needs come first, followed by security needs. These two levels, existence and security, are the foundation for all other human needs.

This means that to satisfy your other needs, you must be at peace on these two levels. With an open root chakra, you feel safe, secure and like you found your place in the world.

That being said: It’s all the more vital that you learn how to heal and strengthen your root chakra and how to unblock it.

When Is the Root Chakra Blocked?

Red shade

An energetic blockage can cause your chakra to become either overactive or underactive. Depending on which character traits the chakra stands for, a lack of balance has different consequences. These can be both physical and mental.

Since the root chakra in its meaning stands for security, connection to earth and nature, safety and existence, you can search for all symptoms that disturb those.

For example, if you feel anxious, insecure, or restless, it’s likely that your root chakra is blocked. Inner unrest and uncertainty are also alarming symptoms of an unbalanced root chakra.

Further psychological symptoms may be:

  • Missing joy in everyday life
  • No self-organization
  • Lack of self-discipline
  • Aimlessness
  • Powerlessness
  • Eating disorders

Physically, such a blockage can manifest itself in digestive problems, back pain, or blood pressure swings. Pain in the lower back is a common symptom of a blocked root chakra since it is located at the spine’s beginning.

Yet how does such a blockage occur? 

There are many possible reasons. You need to take a look inside yourself and search for the causes of your inner insecurity. In many cases, formative or even traumatizing experiences in childhood can be the reason. This then manifests further in your life through your behavior and leads to more inner insecurity. 

5 Tips on How to Open the Root Chakra

Woman meditating in nature

An unbalanced or blocked 1st chakra can cause a variety of problems, as mentioned above.

Since it’s the basis of your energetic system, a blocked root chakra can be the reason that the higher chakras, such as your heart chakra or solar plexus chakra, are blocked.  

Therefore, a balanced Muladhara is essential for any further energy work and, thus, for your general well-being.

There are many ways to unblock your chakra and to cleanse it. In the following, we will show you some tips and tricks.

Root Chakra (Muladhara) Meditation

There are countless forms of meditation. Among them is the chakra meditation. For each chakra, and therefore also for the root chakra, there is a particular way to meditate. 

The root chakra meditation aims to restore the energy flow of the Muladhara and to balance it accordingly. It cleanses, opens, and heals your first chakra if it’s blocked.

To directly address your root chakra with a meditation, you need to focus on the physical location of it in your body. Since the root chakra is located at the beginning of the spine, the meditation is most effective when performed sitting down. Ideally, you should sit directly on the floor or a mat, not on a chair or bed.

As you meditate, close your eyes and imagine that your pelvis is chained to the earth. Visualize how your chakra becomes a glowing red ball of energy that connects you to the earth.

Mantras can also be very helpful.

Smell is the symbolic sense of the root chakra. Therefore, you can concentrate on what you smell during meditation. If your mind starts to wander, gently refocus on your nose or spine and your connection to the earth.

If you would like to learn more about chakra meditation, check out our detailed article.

Root Chakra (Muladhara) Affirmation

Affirmations are sentences that direct your subconscious in a certain direction. As you might know, your subconscious shapes your reality and how you see things around you. It controls you without you even noticing it.

That’s why affirmations are so powerful. They come into play where many methods have no access: your subconscious. 

For affirmations to work, you have to formulate them positively, in the present, and repeat them regularly.

You can find more information about why that is here.

Affirmations for your root chakra should focus primarily on the values that the root chakra stands for: security, safety, self-confidence.

Examples of root chakra affirmations are:

  • I am grateful for everything.
  • I am confident.
  • I stand with both feet in life.
  • I feel secure.
  • I have everything I need.
  • I feel my existence.
  • I love my life.

Root Chakra (Muladhara) Crystals and Stones

Red sand

A controversial and yet in its effectiveness to be confirmed method to open the root chakra is the use of crystals and (healing) stones. Since the color red symbolizes the root chakra, red crystals and healing stones are recommended.

This includes, among others:

  • Heliotrope
  • Ruby
  • Hematite
  • Rhodonite
  • Red Agate
  • Fire-Opal
  • Garnet 

You can distribute the crystals and (healing) stones in your living room or bedroom, or even take them to work and place them on your desk. When meditating, you can take them in your hand or put them in front of you.

However, it’s not enough to just put crystals and stones in your apartment and hope that your root chakra will open by itself. You have to align your entire lifestyle to strengthen your root chakra and become active for a certain time.

Root Chakra (Muladhara) Essential Oils

The root chakra has a strong connection with the sense of smell. Essential oils are, therefore, especially interesting when it comes to opening the root chakra. Ideally, you apply the chakra oil directly to the root chakra and rub it in vigorously. 

You can also take the oil to your next massage appointment and ask the masseur or masseuse to apply the oil on your root chakra accordingly. 

Some different aromas and ingredients affect the root chakra and can help you unblock it. Look out for the following components:

  • Frankincense
  • Neroli Bigarade
  • Rose
  • Tangerine
  • Chamomile
  • Jojoba oil
  • Evernia prunastri
  • Ginger
  • Pogostemon
  • Rosemary
  • Cupressus
  • Hypericum perforatum

Like crystals and stones, it’s not enough to simply apply the oil to the root chakra. You must become active as well.

Root Chakra (Muladhara) Yoga Pose

Yoga is, besides meditation, a very effective method to open your root chakra. In Yoga, you can distinguish between physical poses (Asanas) and breathing exercises (Pranayama). 

To heal your root chakra, you should mostly do poses and exercises that aim at the lower back (position of the root chakra) and where you have to lie on the ground (energetic connection with the earth). 

Here is an overview of some Asanas that can help you to open your root chakra:

  • Tadasana – Mountain Pose 
  • Balasana – Child’s Pose
  • Uttanasana – Standing Forward Bend 
  • Virabhadrasana 2 – Warrior 2 
  • Setu Bandha Sarvangasana – Bridge Pose

If you want to learn more about these and many other Yoga poses, check out our detailed guide.

As mentioned above, you can distinguish between Asanas and Pranayama. Especially suitable Pranayama for cleansing your root chakra are:

  • Sitali Pranayama 
  • Mula Bandha
  • Nadi Shodhana Pranayama

While Pranayama focuses on your chakra and mind’s energetic cleansing, Asanas restore the connection between your body and mind. Depending on which area is disturbing you most, you can decide whether you prefer Asanas or Pranayama.

This doesn’t mean that Asanas or Pranayama are two separate things. Rather, think of them as a unit. 

Try to practice yoga regularly. Similar to meditation, a fixed routine is the best way to experience the many benefits of yoga.


The root chakra is the first of the 7 chakras and stands in its meaning for security, existence, and groundedness. It’s symbolized by many things and reflects various needs in your everyday life.  

If your root chakra is out of balance, you will feel many negative symptoms. These symptoms are all related to the actual meaning of the root chakra: fears, insecurity, lack of self-confidence, and drive.

To clear an energetic blockage, you must work on opening and cleansing your root chakra. In balance, your root chakra will not only help you to get rid of the negative symptoms, it will also reveal the many positive effects on your health. 

To balance your root chakra, meditation and yoga are excellent methods, as both allow you to work on your chakra actively. Other tips, such as oils, crystals, and stones are only tools to help you on your way to a balanced root chakra and not the solution per se.

Another essential factor is mindfulness. Only with a certain amount of mindfulness will you notice the negative symptoms and the true meaning of them. After all, you can’t work on a blockage if you’re not aware of it. 

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