Activating Root Chakra

Red or Base Chakra

How Do You Know If Your Red Chakra Is Open And Active?

You’ve done the base chakra exercises and root chakra grounding, and activating root chakra. But you still need to learn to tell if your red chakra is open and active. However, there are some definite signs that your root chakra is opening and activating, but we sometimes overlook them. So if you don’t have a pendulum, energy worker, or another external way to detect the energy flowing through the base chakra, keep an eye out for these red chakra opening symptoms:

  • Heat or tingling in the lower spine or perineum.

  • Trouble sleeping. Regarding the root chakra and sleep, people frequently report restlessness and leg cramps as their chakra opens.

  • Lower anxiety levels.

  • Fewer money problems. Root chakra manifestation usually refers to what we need for survival, and money is significant. So when financial woes begin to disappear, it’s a good sign that things are improving.

  • Fewer toxic relationships. A robust and balanced base chakra gives you the stability and confidence to escape from draining relationships and scares away energy vampires.

These signs can be subtle but will increase as your base chakra opens, activates, and heals. The red chakra is the basis of our physical and spiritual survival. However, you can be an experienced yogi or utterly new to root chakra meditation and occasionally experience difficulties in this area. These exercises allow you to open, activate, heal, and balance your base chakra.

A woman with a balanced red chakra

Activating Root Chakra

How to Unblock and Activate Root Chakra

A blocked Muladhara (or mooladhara Chakra) is often because of long-standing issues like poverty or trauma. Hence, resolving them can take time. However, when we address the root cause of the blockage, you can unblock and activate your base chakra in several ways.

  • Activating Root Chakra With Yoga

Yoga, particularly base chakra yoga poses performed outside and barefoot, can open a blockage. Furthermore, yoga poses to open red chakra generally focus on balance, cultivating feelings of safety and strength. For example, Uttanasana (standing forward bend) strengthens and stretches the legs for stability. But if you can’t perform this pose, Janu Sirsasana (head-to-knee forward bend) is a good alternative that targets many of the same areas.

In addition, other helpful poses include:

  1. Prasarita Padottanasana (wide-legged forward bend).
  2. Virabhadrasana II (warrior II).
  3. Supta Baddha Konasana (reclining bound angle).

Of course, you can use these to create a root chakra yoga sequence or add them to your regular yoga flow.

  • Activating Root Chakra With Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini yoga for the base chakra is different from other forms of yoga. But it still uses yoga poses to unblock red chakra. However, we can combine them with short, repetitive movements called kriyas. For example, standing cat-cow involves flexing the spine. This asana for the root chakra helps with relaxation and releasing fear, two things that can help with root chakra release.

In addition, standing torso twists, extended arm waves, fist rolls, and sitting dances are other movements that you can incorporate into a root chakra flow.

  • Activating Root Chakra With Mudras

Mudras are hand positions used during meditation. For example, good base chakra hand positions include Bhu mudra and Prithvi mudra.

To perform Bhu mudra, sit in a comfortable meditative position. Then, keeping your index and middle finger straight, bring the tips of the pinky and ring fingers to the end of the thumb. Allow the index and middle fingers to touch the floor or ground. This Muladhara mudra is helpful for grounding.

To perform Prithvi mudra:

  1. Sit in a comfortable meditative position.
  2. Bring the tip of your ring finger to touch the end of your thumb.
  3. Keep your index, middle, and pinky fingers straight, and rest the backs of your hands on your knees.

This mudra helps increase the earth element in your energy body and decrease fire. 

  • Activating Root Chakra With Muladhara Bandha

“Bandha” means “to lock,” so this exercise moves life force energy into the central channel and activates the Muladhara chakra powers. To perform it, sit in a comfortable meditative pose. Siddhasnas or Siddha Yoni Asana is helpful here since the heel stimulates pressure on CV1 – Hui Yin – one of the root chakra acupressure points.

Now, close your eyes, relax your body, and inhale deeply. Next, begin contracting the muscles in the first chakra area. Draw them in as much as possible without causing root chakra pain. Hold the contraction as long as possible, then release, exhale, and relax – practice as many rounds of this Bandha as possible.

Root Chakra Grounding Yantras

Root Chakra Grounding

Red crystals are the most helpful for activating root chakra, but each stone has specific healing properties. Some of these root chakra healing crystals will be better for a particular situation than others, and we should choose carefully. They include:

  • Red Jasper

This stone is a source of physical endurance and vitality. It’s helpful to use red jasper for red chakra blockages or imbalances when they manifest as low energy or lacking motivation.

  • Black Tourmaline

Black tourmaline is an excellent grounding stone. If you lack opportunities to ground yourself, carrying a black tourmaline base chakra stone can help you stay in touch with those elemental earth energies.

  • Garnet

This crystal helps energize you without causing you overboard. As a stone of love and sex, it’s best to carry garnet for root chakra symptoms, including low energy and sexual inhibition.

  • Bloodstone

Bloodstones are primarily green, but their bright red spots and ability to protect against negativity make them helpful in healing muladhara. In addition, a bloodstone root chakra crystal is best for symptoms of fear and difficulty with confrontation.

  • Ruby

Ruby is one of the most powerful crystals to unblock root chakra energy. It increases life force energy, bolsters life force energy, increases sexual desire, and improves self-confidence. Ruby root chakra stones are some of the most valuable and versatile crystals.

  • Hematite

This stone draws negative energy away from the energy body. It’s effective against anxiety and can even deflect negativity back to the source. Hematite root chakra stones, like black tourmaline, are also helpful for grounding.

  • Obsidian

This stone collects scattered energies, creating a stabilizing effect. The obsidian root chakra stone is ideal for people whose blockages or imbalances manifest as obsessions and identity crises.

rubies used for root chakra grounding

How To Use Crystals For Root Chakra Grounding

You can use crystals to balance and ground root chakra energy and help activating root chakra by wearing, carrying, or meditating. It’s best to wear or have them as close to the chakra as possible. The root chakra activating should be in a belt, garter, or pocket. To use crystals for grounding root chakra energy, it’s best to hold them during meditation. Additionally, you can have them while walking barefoot or during another grounding-specific practice. All shapes of root chakra stones will help, whether rough, tumbled, faceted, or worn as jewelry.

If you like, you can also use gem elixirs. These are water-based solutions that contain the vibrational essence of root chakra gemstones. You can use the elixir by adding it to food or water or putting it in a spray bottle and lightly misting your aura.

crystals used for rubies used for root chakra grounding

Meditation and Root Chakra Grounding

Even if you’ve never meditated before, it’s not hard to learn how to meditate your root chakra into balance. It’s best to meditate in a place where you can touch the bare Earth. Adopt a comfortable meditation pose, relax, and breathe deeply. Visualize your body drawing in life-force energy through the red chakra with each inward breath and releasing it with each exhalation. We can repeat this meditation to open the root chakra or to help activating root chakra as often as necessary. You also can combine it with crystals, mudras, and other parts of your root chakra practice.

Finding a guided root chakra meditation may be better if you are uncomfortable following your instincts when meditating. This allows a teacher to guide your practice until you have the confidence and skills to do it independently.

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Root Chakra Grounding Mantras

The base chakra mantra is “LAM.” The sound “LAM” functions as a bija, or seed mantra. Chanting this root chakra sound produces a frequency that helps open, stimulate, and start the process of activating root chakra. The root chakra vibration meaning is “I am.”

You may also use the protection mantra, “Aad Gureh Nameh, Jugaad Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guroo Dayvay Nameh.” This translates to, “I bow to the primal Guru, I bow to the truth that has existed throughout the ages, I bow to True Wisdom, I bow to the Great Divine Wisdom.”

We can use this mantra to invoke protective energy.


Red chakra mantra meditation

Root Chakra Grounding Yantras

Yantras are diagrams that serve as a focus for worship or meditation. For example, the Muladhara chakra symbol is an abstract representation of its four-petaled lotus in red or brown. Focusing on this Muladhara symbol helps to calm the mind, but you can also perform a yantra meditation.

To do this Muladhara chakra meditation, sit in a comfortable pose with your spine lengthened. Gaze at the Bindu, the central point of the Muladhara symbol. Allow your gaze to move outward slowly, taking in each aspect of the yantra and its meaning – from the square to the lotus petals to the outermost shape. When you have reached the outside, reverse the process until your gaze returns to the centre of the base chakra yantra.

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