How to Tell if your Root Chakra is Blocked

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Start Here if you don't know what the fudge nugget a chakra is.

In case you need a refresher, the seven chakras are a series of energy centers located in different parts of the body.

All of these energy points are connected to different aspects of your physical and emotional life. When they are open, your body and mind are in harmony with your life's purpose.

However, blocked or misaligned chakras are associated with unhappiness and apathy. 

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know how to work productively with your chakras.

How do you know exactly where they are, and what they influence? How can you tell when something is wrong with one of them? And what do you to fix that problem?

Understanding the location and role of each chakra is an empowering step in boosting your well-being.

We’ll start at the very beginning… it’s a very good place to start. The smartest first step you can take is to learn all about the Root Chakra, aka the Base Chakra. It is the foundational chakra located at the base of your spine at the tailbone.

This amazing chakra is aptly named because, like the roots of a tree, it is your connection to earth’s energy and the material world. It governs your survival instincts and your need for basic necessities like food, shelter, and clothing. The root chakra helps revitalize your overall well-being and keeps you grounded.

Why do I care?

When this chakra is active and balanced, you will feel secure, calm and anchored in reality. You’ll have the courage to tackle new challenges with confidence. This makes a properly aligned Root Chakra super important whenever you’re trying something new or pursuing a major life goal.

If you’ve ever felt anxious, stressed, unsettled, scattered or insecure, your Root Chakra was probably out of whack. And just like a game of Jenga, if the base is unbalanced all the pieces above fall out of place too. It’s time to heal from your foundation and work your way up the chakra system as soon as disconnected feelings of any shape or form creep into your body, mind or spirit.

You may not always know why your root chakra becomes misaligned. Keep in mind that anything that shakes your sense of security can block the root chakra. This includes losing your job, ending a relationship, experiencing financial difficulties, arguing with close family members, witnessing something disturbing, and receiving a worrisome health diagnosis.

As you work with the root chakra more, you’ll begin to spot these triggers and know how to prevent a major misalignment.

Root Chakra Basics

  • Sanskrit: Muladhara 
  • Purpose: Survival, security, stability    
  • Location: Base of spine    
  • Color: Red    
  • Element: Earth   

Emotional Issues when Blocked

If your Chakra is blocked you may feel threatened, agitation or tense. This anxiety can easily enter your thoughts, making you feel as if everything is suddenly uncertain. You may also find that you have trouble concentrating and that you’re constantly concerned about your well-being and safety.

Physical Symptoms when Blocked

A blocked Root Chakra can manifest in physical symptoms including a sore lower back, low energy levels or lethargy, digestive discomfort, leg pain, and cold hands and feet.

Influences and is Influenced By

  • How grounded you feel
  • Your basic physical drives (e.g. food, shelter, and rest)
  • The sense of safety you feel
  • Your survival
  • How confident you feel to change and grow

All of this means that when the root chakra is in alignment, you’ll be at peace. Feeling stable, relaxed, and comfortable with your life. A well-balanced root chakra also gives you the sense of safety required to explore and to try new things.

On the other hand, the root chakra can quickly become blocked or misaligned if anything in your life doesn’t feel secure. If you’re worried about a basic need (such as housing or money), this directly impacts on your root chakra. This is the case even if the threat is imaginary (e.g. due to anxiety) rather than imminently likely.

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Healing Techniques

Opening each chakra has a different benefit for your bodily and emotional well-being. Ideally, you’ll develop techniques for all of the chakras at some point, but it’s wise to start with the foundational one.

Balanced Root Chakra Symptoms

Learning how to open the root chakra, in particular, is fairly straightforward, but it can have profound impacts on how you feel. The basic sense of stability that you cultivate will permeate all aspects of your life.

  • Feeling abundant health and energy
  • Feeling grounded and settled
  • Feeling comfortable in your own body
  • Having a sense of safety and security
  • Feeling happiness in job/career
  • Feeling satisfied with life
  • Experiencing material prosperity

What are some ways you can heal and balance your Root Chakra? Let's examine four key areas you can explore to help bring your Root Chakra into alignment.

Crystals and Jewelry

Influencing chakras often involves using unique stones, sometimes in the form of jewelry. By simply wearing or holding these stones, you may be able to realign or begin to unblock a troubled chakra. However, each chakra is associated with different stone. The following four are the traditional root chakra stones.

  • Red Jasper. Red Jasper is full of grounding Earth energy. Red Jasper can connect one deeply to the vibrations of the Earth, bringing a greater understanding of the necessity of natural events.
  • Red Carnelian. Carnelian is a powerful stone of action. It calms and protects you from fears about life and brings serenity and acceptance so your creative spirit can be free to do what it does best.
  • Obsidian. Obsidian is a stone of protection. It eliminates negative energy and aids in balancing and healing the physical body. It is associate with resolution.
  • Bloodstone. Traditionally, it was believed that this stone could stop bleeding and was eventually associated with all kinds of healing. Like most green stones, it is good for prosperity work, but because of the inclusions of red, it is also beneficial for working with earth energy and grounding.

Related: 8 Crystals for Grounding

Meditation and Yoga Techniques

Many meditation techniques incorporate the energies of the chakras in one way or another. When participating in a chakra meditation practice you will want to focus your thoughts and energy on the specific area of your body and life associated with the chakra.

  1. Sit comfortably, with your shoulders back and your spine straight. Breathe deeply to bring a relaxed feeling into your body. Inhale through the nose, pulling the breath into your body, and exhale through the mouth. Close your eyes.
  2. Become aware of the Root Chakra location of you body, below your tailbone. Notice any tightness or heaviness in this area.
  3. Picturing a glowing red spiral of energy at the base of your spine. Allow it to slowly expand, perhaps it becomes warm. Breathe relaxation into this area. Rest in this sensation for 3-5 minutes.
  4. When you’re ready, slowly open your eyes. Sit for a few minutes before continuing with your day.

Many yoga poses are designed for connecting with specific chakras. Create a practice specifically focused on Root Chakra poses.

Related: Introduction to Meditation


Targeted affirmations are a wonderfully simply way to heal your root chakra. An affirmation is like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Repeat these positive statements multiple times a day, or anytime you get a sense your root chakra might be blocked.

  • “I am a divine being of light. I am peaceful, protected, and secure.”
  • “Wherever I am, I am safe and secure.”
  • “I am stable, grounded and relaxed in this moment.”
  • “All of my safety needs will always be met.”
  • “I have a healthy body, a healthy mind, and an abundant life.”
  • “I am anchored to the earth and supported by the universe.”
  • “The universe will always support me and show me where to go next.”
  • “I deserve and receive support whenever I need it.”
  • “The universe will always provide for me.”
  • “I feel my root chakra opening, and I feel myself stabilizing.”
  • “I am secure and happy in my home.”

You can incorporate these root chakra affirmations into your crystal use or into your meditation or yoga practice. Write your affirmations down as well and keep them somewhere prominent like your altar or your bathroom mirror so you can remind yourself to say them frequently.

Related: Affirmations and Blessings

Essential Oils

Essential oils embody the frequencies and healing properties of plants. Not only they deliver certain properties to the physical body, they also work on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels. The following are the most commonly used root chakra essential oils:

Basil, carrot seed, cedarwood, cinnamon, cypress, frankincense, ginger, lavender, myrrh, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, white fir, ylang ylang

Related: 3 Myths About Essential Oils Debunked

The Other Chakras

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Updated 8.8.18