Color associated with Muladhara: Red
Considerations: At the Root chakra, we look at whether our basic needs are met, as a child, and then again, as a young adult. Are we able to successfully launch independently from our parents to provide for our survival needs? Also, do we feel that we deserve the very right to be?
Out of balance: When our energy in Muladhara is excessive or overblown, we may be too attached to possessions and place a great deal of importance on acquiring material wealth.
When we are deficient in Muladhara, we feel ungrounded. We question our essential value as a human being and whether we have the “right” to be on this Earth. In a less dramatic sense, we may feel flighty and disconnected from the Earth.
In balance: When Muladhara is balanced, we feel a sense of general calmness, patience and a willingness to slow down when necessary and stay put.
--Come into your meditation seat in sukhasana or whatever pose allows you to lengthen your spine comfortably. Close the eyes and rest the hands, palms down, on the lap. Inhale, visualize drawing your breath into the base of your spine at your root. Allow the breath to travel up the spine to the space between the brows. Exhale, send the breath back down to the root and visualize it binding you down, even via roots growing into the Earth.
--Come into your meditation seat, perhaps with the aid of a blanket to slightly elevate the pelvis and allow for an elongated spine. Rest the hands, palms down, on the knees. Allow the eyes to close. Visualize yourself in your life, maybe in the midst of a situation that typically leaves you feeling ungrounded. Now, visualize yourself in the same situation, but embodying stability, strength and steadiness. See yourself behaving, speaking, feeling as you would were you completely connected with the earth element, grounded and rooted through your very core. Stay with the visualization until you see clearly how you would manifest as this more-grounded, rooted version of your self, even if it feels silly, improbable or even impossible. As you begin to come out of your meditation, take your breath in and out through the nose, and imagine sending the exhalation down through your pelvic floor, connecting you with the ground. End by chanting LAM three times, then La-La-La LAM, three or more times, emphasizing the L sound. Slowly open the eyes, beginning with the gaze at the ground, eventually moving it up to eye level.
Muladhara-supportive yoga practice