The Base Chakra or Root Chakra is located in the pelvis at the bottom of the lower spine. The colour associated with this energy point is red, and the corresponding element is Earth. The Base Chakra is the energy point that is closest to the Earth and is our connection to the planet. This Root Chakra deals primarily with our survival instincts and is the centre for our physical energy and vitality.
Matter needs stability and structure in order to exist- the Earth energies within our Base Chakra relate to physical solidity and support, particularly to the structure and flexibility of our skeleton. A strong base also needs to be flexible in order to be able to respond and adapt to our immediate survival needs. The red vibrations of our Base Chakra also support our body’s core temperature and blood circulatory system, maintaining a steady temperature level to allow chemical reactions to take place within cells at a healthy rate. This chakra is also linked with our feet and legs which support and carry us upon the Earth. Our levels physical energies of strength and stamina are governed by the Base Chakra which monitors our rate of rest, nourishment and sensual stimulation.
Physical signs of energy imbalance within the Base Chakra may manifest as as stiffness or painful movement in the hips or legs or feet. Root Chakra imbalances could also account for poor blood circulation (often hands and feet are cold) or a fluctuating body temperature. Low energy of this chakra could affect our balance and physical co-ordination making us clumsy or feel unsteady. As the centre of our vitality, blocks within the Base Chakra may leave a person feeling drained, with a chronic lack of energy or exhaustion following even the slightest exercise, with the inability to sustain their energy levels. Suffering with low Base Chakra energy may manifest as recurring health issues. With a lack of drive or motivation, some with low Base Chakra energies may also have an aversion to exercise. Those who are experiencing blocks within their Root Chakras may be uncomfortable with, or, overly aware of their body image. Over-eating could be a sign of excessive energy in the Base Chakra; aversion to eating may be caused by a block within the Root Chakra.
Bringing energy into the Base Chakra involves looking after our physical bodies as an organic machine by ensuring our basic needs of eating and sleeping are met through our awareness of healthy habits. The human body depends on nutrition and rest in order to sustain and repair itself. By ensuring that we are allow ourselves adequate time for quality sleep, our physical selves and active conscious can re-energise. A balanced diet is also important for a healthy Root Chakra, as through the act of eating we are absorbing the nourishment of the Earth. High-protein foods and minerals from fresh food or vitamin supplements can help support the energies of our Base Chakra; root vegetables are rich in minerals and Earth energies.
Stimulating the physical energies of the Base Chakra can be explored with gentle exercises such as Pilates or Yoga, rhythmical activities involving dancing or jumping, walking or running. Stamping your feet improves circulation and our link to the planet. Exercises that improve balance and co-ordination helps to increase and focus Base Chakra vibrations. Doing physical activities outdoors also helps us to reconnect with the Earth. Exploring our sense of touch through gentle, sensual activities such as aromatherapy, reflexology or massage, or having a warm bath soothes over-active Base Chakras, helping us to be mindful of physically relaxing and calms excessive chakra energy, preparing our bodies for rest.