The root chakra, in Sanskrit is known as āṇḍa varttṛ or simply aṇḍa, is one of the seven chakras in human beings which are energy centers located at the base of the spine. It is associated with grounding and stability. It helps us to remain stable so that we can face whatever challenges come our way. Things may not always go our way, but if we’re grounded and centered, we will be able to keep going no matter what happens. The root chakra doesn’t just help us to remain stable; it also connects us to the earth and everything on it. It gives us an innate sense of belonging and a deep connection to the natural world around us. We feel grounded whenever we’re in contact with Mother Earth and her surrounding environment.
As A Base Chakra…
The base chakra controls movement and instinct at an animal level, while the end chakra controls spiritual awareness at an upper-self level. These two aspects of emotions, thoughts, instincts and spirituality work together to establish our identity and purpose in life. In Chinese medicine, this area is known as Cheng Chi or Spring Urgent Point or SUREP for short. It is also referred to as the root essence point of energy because it connects us to our physical self, instincts and pure spring energy from Mother Earth.
Root Chakra Imbalance
Having a Root Chakra imbalance can make it difficult to feel grounded and connected with the Earth and your spiritual self. When this chakra is blocked, it can cause feelings of anxiety, fear, and insecurity. It also makes it difficult for the individual to trust their instincts or listen to their inner voice.
When it is out of balance, we can experience tension before moving into fear or other uncomfortable emotions. The root chakra governs our instincts, sexuality, aggression, power, life force energy, and instinctual survival responses necessary to stay safe in any situation. A blocked or weak chakra manifests as insecurity, fearfulness, low self-esteem or depression. A strong root allows us to take risks while remaining grounded in ourselves and others.
In my online and studio yoga classes, we also work on how to balance root chakra. Click to see the upcoming yoga schedule: Yoga Classes