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rootThe first chakra, the root chakra (Muladhara), is associated with our most basic survival instincts: food, shelter, health, and security. This chakra relates to our connection to the earth, physical world, and ground beneath our feet. A balanced first chakra connects us to the earth and brings:

• a sense of safety
• a connection to others
• trust and acceptance of one’s self and place in the world

Basic issues: safety, shelter, self-esteem, survival, physical health, groundedness, trust, nourishment, boundaries.

Emotional Issues: fear, anxiety, insecurity, vulnerability, grief, depression, greed, distrust, self-centered, low self-esteem

Physical Issues: lower back pain, sciatica, constipation, hemorrhoids, prostrate problems, varicose veins, anorexia, obesity

Associated body parts: coccyx, large intestine, adrenal glands, back, legs, feet, bones

Sanskrit: Muladhara
base of spine
Color: deep red
Mantra: lam
Element: earth
Sense: smell
Food: protein (eg. Soy, tofu, nuts, legumes)
Gemstones and crystals: garnet, onyx, hematite, obsidian
Essential oils: bergamet, sandalwood, vetiver
Flower essences: blackberry, clematis, corn
Yoga asana: Virabhadrasana I (warrior I)
Beneficial activities: yoga, walking, hiking, running, biking, gardening