The root chakra corresponds to the element earth. It is located at the end of the spine and represents the connection to the earth. The symbol for this chakra is a circle surrounded by four lotus leaves.
The first chakra is the source of our life force, it stands for basic trust, security and safety. A healthy first chakra allows us to trust that the universe will fully support us on our way. Security, stability and basic trust are the central themes of this chakra.
When the root chakra is balanced, it is easier to find one's place in life and build stable relationships and material abundance. One has life energy, self-confidence, joie de vivre, and in general a fundamentally positive attitude towards life. There s a basic confidence that you can create a life according to your own ideas.
An overly pronounced root chakra manifests itself in selfishness, which is mostly rooted in (existential) fear that there might not be enough of everything.
A root chakra that is too weak often brings us fears and blockages, you feel insecure and lacking motivation, without any goal or purpose in life. In general, trust in life is lacking. There are numerous reasons for an underdeveloped root chakra. They can either be rooted in the past (e.g. unstable childhood, lack of money, attention, space or affection when growing up, being uprooted from the familiar environment with or without preparation) or in the present (e.g. job change, job loss, job dissatisfaction, marriage, divorce or termination of a relationship, offspring, accidents, deaths, relocation, natural disasters, physical abuse, physical threats). Basically, the root chakra can always get out of balance when something fundamental in our life changes.
Since the first chakra has the greatest influence on our body of all chakras, the effects of an imbalanced root chakra are manifold: intestinal and digestive problems (as a disturbance in the energy flow), bone diseases, problems with teeth or finger/toenails.
Balancing the root chakra
Strengthening your root chakra is an ongoing process because it requires you to adapt to the ever-changing world around you.
Everything that calms the mind and soul and helps to feel safe and secure strengthens the root chakra. A basic routine is very important for the health of the first chakra. It is important to take time for yourself. This means taking the time to think about what you need to feel safe and secure.
Maintaining daily routines such as going to bed on time
Meditation and time for silent relaxation, special root chakra meditation
Being in nature
Yoga Asanas for the root chakra can be found here
Colour: ruby red
Sense: sense of smell
Gemstones: ruby, hematite, black tourmaline, bloodstone
Emotional Aspect: survival
Physical aspect: immune system, intestines, bones, bone marrow
root vegetables such as beetroot, parsnip, turnip, cabbage, leek, radish
animal protein (red meat, dairy products, eggs)