Muladhara / Root Chakra

Introducing the Muladhara

The Muladhara or root chakra is the seat of our security and supplies us with our most basic and instinctual survival skills.  It also resides over our earthy desires to possess, acquire, hoard and compete.  Thus all our basic fears and insecurities stem from this chakra.

When it is balanced you feel calm, secure, and connected to the earth. You also feel grounded and have no dependence on external objects for your sense of security.  You feel confident when energy flows freely in this chakra and you feel anxious and worried when it is blocked.  Free flow through the Muladhara is key to your physical and emotional abundance.


When in balance, a person has good health,  is well grounded, comfortable in their body, trusting and relaxed.

One of its greatest messages is to listen to the wisdom of your body.

Signs of imbalance:

If the chakra is overly stimulated a person can be too possessive, grasping, hoarding and greedy.

A fearful person who is disconnected to their body, restless, has poor focus and very little self-discipline show signs that their root chakra is depleted. They can have financial difficulties and also be chronically disorganized.

  • on sure ground 60" x 36" - At The Crystal Lodge Art Gallery, Whistler, BC - oil on canvas - this painting as the energy of our root chakra or the muladhara chakra
    “on sure ground” by Marlene Lowden – this painting has the energy the muladhara chakra to me.

    Location – Base of the spine, place where the Sushumna originates and the Kundalini resides around the root chakra.

  • Colour – Red
  • Element – Earth
  • Purpose – Foundational / stabilizing
  • Demon – fear
  • Identity – Physical
  • Mantra – Lam
  • Sense – smell


How to bring the chakra back into balance?

Reconnect with your body, practice yoga, especially hip openers, exercise, restful sleep, gardening, pottery or clay work and foot massage.

Next chakra – Svadhisthana (Sacral) 

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