The Chakra System Week 1: Root Chakra

Our new syllabus at HOA invites you to delve deeper into The Chakra System, and understand the subtle energy centers that govern our physical and energetic body. In this first week November 4th - 10th, we will be looking at the Root chakra, which is located at the base of our spine. 

The Root chakra corresponds to our foundation, and our feeling of being grounded. The Sanskrit name of this chakra is “Muladhara,” comprising of “Mula” which means “root” and “Dhara” which means “support.” The Root chakra represents our foundation, and is the starting point of our development. During Embryogeneis, or our time in the womb, the spinal column develops from the bottom (root chakra) and moves towards the top (crown chakra) - then the organs develop after. The Root chakra encompasses the first three vertebrae, the bladder, the adrenal glands, the colon, and the kidneys. It provides the links between our energetic system and the physical world and is our base for our life force energy. It gives us the motivation to eat, sleep and procreate. 

The Root chakra is the most instinctual of all chakras – it is our survival center. The primal energy of survival is fight, flight, or freeze response and is initiated from Root chakra energy. This is our primal, animal nature of survival. The Root chakra is also associated with stability, security, and our basic needs, such as food, water, shelter, safety, as well as emotional needs of interconnection, and fearlessness. We cannot grow and change unless we feel safe and secure. 

The energies of the Root Chakra help us to feel grounded and connected to the Earth, giving us a place for our life to ‘take root’ and for the flow of energies to nourish us. When these energies are stuck, stagnant, imbalanced, or blocked, our vitality and zest for life are also compromised. Imbalance in life force energy in the Root chakra can leave us feeling restless or agitated, which may be expressed as anxiety, worry, panic, depression, frustration, resentment, anger, or dissatisfaction. We may daydream or be detached from reality. We may also experience symptoms such as being threatened, chronically feel as if we don’t fit in or belong, and experience insecurity and low self-esteem. Physically, we may suffer digestive issues, lower back pain, hip pain, ovarian cysts in women and prostate issues in men. 

When the Root chakra is balanced, we feel a sense of belonging, secure in our actions and choices, and increased sense of self-worth. The energy of Root chakra allows us to harness courage, resourcefulness and the will to live during challenging times. The Root chakra connects us with spiritual energies of our ancestors, and our ancestors' challenges and triumphs, as the Root chakra carries our ancestral memories. War, famine, natural disasters, and any events that threaten our basic survival are recorded within energies of the Root chakra. These memories are imprinted in the subtle body and are passed down from generation to generation, creating unconscious generational patterns. It is our responsibility to do the work of our lives and bring to light that which is hidden or unconscious.

The Bīja Mantra (Seed Mantra) of the Root chakra is LAM, the sound of spiritual awakening. It releases tensions and removes blockages in this chakra and activates its energy. And so begins the process of awakening the dormant powers within us and raising them into consciousness. 

Join us at HOA this week to ground yourself and activate the energies of your Root chakra with the sound of the Gong. On Thursday November 7th, we will discover the principles, purpose and properties of this chakra in a special 2-hr session. Book your spots!

* Cancellation for November 7th should be done 3 days prior or you will be charged for late cancellation.

Written by Izzy Liyana, content creator & writer for HOA