Muladhara – Basic Sense of Security
When strengthening, we need to start with a stable base. I often focus my work with beginning clients on strengthening the core muscles. Of course, the core is not just ‘abs’, its also all the way down to your transverse abdominus and pelvic floor. A central fitness training principle is to “straighten before you strengthen”: this involves posture and the core. The root chakra is a logical place to base everything from.
Colors: red, black
Psychology: Freud’s Oral Stage (0 – 1 years old), Erikson’s Stage 1 (Trust vs Mistrust), Maslow’s Physiological Needs.
Crystals: Garnet, Red Jasper, Black Tourmaline, Onyx, Bloodstone
Essential Oils: Cedarwood, Frankincense, Black Pepper, Spikenard, Patchouli, Vetiver, Sandalwood(caution, many of these are ‘hot’ oils and are dangerous to pets and bare human skin, but especially harmful to birds)
Music: Chanting the sound ‘Lam’, songs in the key of C
Herbs: Dandelion root, ginger, sage
Exercises: Pelvic Floor (Kegels), Activating the core (transverse abdominus), Diaphragmatic Breathing
Body parts: Legs, feet, sacrum (tailbone), immune system