It is through your root chakra that you establish a foundation for how you will journey through your life experiences. It governs your overall sense of survival, safety, security, and trust.
According to Vedic Educator, Michelle Fondin, the root chakra is referred to as Muladhara, and "breaks down into two Sanskrit words: Mula meaning 'root' and Adhara, which means 'support' or 'base.'"
All other chakras are supported by the energy flow of a balanced root chakra provides. Without this foundation, all other chakras will be unbalanced.
The following list of correspondences can help you to open and energize your root chakra, and provide a firm foundation to correct any imbalances within your being.
Chakra: Root chakra; 1st chakra; base chakra; Muladhara
Theme: A Solid Foundation
Location: Base of spine, 1st 3 vertebrae, pelvic floor
Body Systems: Colon, kidney, adrenals, spine
Significance: Survival, safety, stability, manifestation, trust, grounding, connection
Mantra (sound): LAM
Herbs: Hibiscus flower (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), Ashwaganda, haritaki, shatavari root (wild asparagus), lotus root
Stones: Red Jasper, Black Obsidian, Garnet, Bloodstone, Black Tourmaline
Affirmation: "I AM an expression of unconditional Love—whole, perfect, and complete."
Exercises: Kegel exercises and Yoga Asanas (knee-to-chest pose, head-to-knee pose, squatting pose, and lotus pose)
Unbalanced Root Chakra: Weakness of feet and legs, fears, anxiety disorders, nightmares, colon issues, elimination issues, bladder issues, mistrust, low self-worth, identity confusion