January 24

Yoga For The Root Chakra

Yoga Poses For The Root Chakra

The root chakra is the first or base chakra in the human chakra system, known as Muladhara in sanskrit and located at the base of the spine, the perineum and the pelvic floor. It is colored Red, associated with the Earth element and Grounding and the properties of security, safety, finances, physical health and Abundance.

When healthy and in balance, the Root chakra manifests as a supportive home life, strong foundations in life, stability, security, good health and the ability to face lifes´challenges with strength and grace.

Imbalanced, this chakra can show up as physical issues within the body, emotional issues such as depression , anxiety, fear, guilt, resentment, lack of focus, restlessness, not feeling at home anywhere and fear of being abandoned. Common physical ailments include constipation, circulation issues, weak legs, sciatica and eating disorders.


This article looks specifically at yoga poses for the root chakra, whilst part II of the article (see blog) addresses other holistic methods to soothe this chakra back into balance.


Yoga poses are excellent for soothing an imbalanced root chakra, specifically Standing Poses and Forward Bends, as they strengthen and open the lower body. Standing Poses also root the attention downwards, whilst Forward Bends work to loosen tight hamstrings, counteracting the fight-or-flight response the body often adopts when suffering from an out-of-whack root chakra.

Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

This seemingly simple, yet powerful and effective grounding pose, works on the entire body. It increases awareness of yourself inside your own body and simultaneously increases the feeling of connectedness to the Earth beneath you.

1. Stand with the feet together, big toes touching, the outer edges of the feet parallel. Open the chest and gaze forward, chin parallel to the ground. Relax the arms by the sides

2. Distribute the weight evenly across all 4 corners of the feet. Inhale and exhale long, deep breathes, enjoying the feeling of the air expanding into unused spaces of the body.

3. Now, visualize beams of white light shooting down from each 4 corner of the foot and down into the centre of the Earth. The white light firmly roots you down, grounding you.

4. Next, imagine that there is a swirling mass of sparking, glowing red energy at the centre of the Earth. This energy is now radiating up through the soles of your feet, permeating them. See this red energy come up your legs and fill your pelvic bowl. Simultaneously, lift the spine and firm the shoulderblades down, keeping the upper body connected with the sky. Enjoy the feeling of the love, stability and connection to Earth through this rooting, grounding red light.

Warrior I (Vrbhdrasana I)

Warrior I will strengthen the legs, knees and the lower back. It is a strong, empowering pose that inspires confidence and firmly roots the attention downwards.

1. Stand in Tadasana. Exhale and step the left leg back , facing both feet forwards. Legs are around 1 leg width apart. The heel will probably be off the ground

2. Inhale. This time as you exhale, bend the right knee above the toes and begin to lower the body. Engage the pelvic floor and try to bring the right thigh parallel to the ground. Power up and open out through the back leg

3. Inhale, raising the arms above the head. Face the palms towards each other or together in prayer position above the head. Reach tall

4. Hold for 5 breaths. To come out of the pose, inhale and lower the arms, then step the legs back together. Come back to Tadasana pose

Warrior II (Vrbhdrasana II)

Warrior II also strengthens and roots the legs and pelvis, and empowers you to face their fears confidently and head on.

1. Stand in Tadasana. Exhale and step the left leg back, turning the foot outwards about 45degrees and have the legs about a leg width apart.

2. Inhale, raising the arms to shoulder height, parallel to the ground. Gaze down the right fingertips

3. Exhale, bend the right knee above the toes and begin to lower the body. Keep the arms lifted. Try to get the right thigh parallel to the ground. Keep the gaze down the right fingertips

4. Hold for 5 breaths. To come out of the pose, exhale, lower the arms and step the legs back together. Come back to Tadasana pose

Tree Pose (Vrkasana)

Tree Pose is amazing for connecting to the Earth energy. You will feel the Earth energy drawn up from below you and the sky energy rising above you, creating perfect balance and harmony. Tree pose also strengthens and stretches the feet, ankles, calves and thighs and is excellent for blood circulation in the legs, making this the perfect grounding pose.

1. Begin in Tadasana pose. Inhale, bend the right knee and catch the right foot with your hands. Shift your weight to the left foot to balance

2. Exhale, plant the sole of the right foot firmly on your inner left calve, or inner thigh, wherever is best for you. Point the toes down towards the ground

3. Inhale and slowly raise the arms to clasp the hands in prayer position infront of the heart. Gaze at a fixed point in front of you

4. Imagine red Earth energy radiating up from the centre of the Earth and up through the soles of the feet. Imagine this light moving up through your calves, then thighs and filling the pelvis. Everything below the navel is drawing down into the Earth. Meanwhile, feel as though everything above the navel is being drawn lightly up into the sky. You are being drawn in 2 different directions, balanced and in perfect harmony

5. Stay here for 5 breaths. To release the pose, exhale and lower the hands and the leg, gently shaking the leg out.

Garland Squat (Malasana)

Malasana brings us physically closer to the Earth and physically strengthens the ankles, calves and lower back. All yogic squats work to balance the root chakra.

1. Stand in Tadasana, inhale and step the right foot out. The feet are slightly wider than hip-width apart. Turn the toes outwards

2. Exhale and bend your knees, lower your hips slowly to the ground. Bring the hands in Anjali Mudra (prayer position) in front of the heart.

3. Check that the knees are facing in the same direction as the toes (rather than collapsing inwards). You can use the elbows to gently press against the inside of the legs to help with this. Over time, the legs will be strong enough to do this without the elbows help.

4. Rest the thighs on the backs of the calves, inhale and lengthen the spine. Place the hands on the floor in front of you if you lose the balance. Feel rooted to the ground and imagine drawing up apana vayu- downwards energy- from the Earth beneath you.

5. Stay in the pose 5-8 breaths. To release the pose, inhale and scoop the hips up high til the legs are nearly straight. Exhale, keep a slight bend in the knees and unfold the body up to tadasana, hands in prayer position. Release the hands

Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Corpse Pose allows you to completely sink and surrender your body into the floor. Corpse Pose uses large surface area of the body to sink deeply into the Earth, yielding a even greater grounding and relaxation.

1. Lie on the floor, facing upwards. Have the feet slightly apart and arms down by the sides, palms facing up.

2. Inhale, draw the shoulderblades slightly down and back, opening up the chest.

3. Take long deep inhales, enjoying the sensation of your breath occupying spaces of your body. With each exhale, feel the weight of the front body sinking into the weight of the back body. Feel as if you´re floating 3-4 feet beneath the Earth.

4. Stay in Savasana for 5-10 minutes. When you´re ready to come out of this meditative state, slowly curl up on your right side, push the left palm into the floor and come up into a seated position.


Leave your questions here

To write a comment you must
Category filter
Concern filter
Type filter
All categories
Shamanic Healing
$10 USD
Light the Path to Your Desired Life

If you want find what is that in life that makes you happy and fulfilled you need to heal all levels of your existence- Body, Mind, and Spirit. We are all ener…

Change Naturopathy
New Zealand flag icon
Emotional Freedom Technique
$10 USD
The Power Of Emotional Healing - EFT Program

“The Power of Emotional Healing” is energy psychology education in the Emotional Freedom Technique with the perfect balance of information, instructions, video…

Dawn Cady
Australia flag icon
Art Therapy
$50 USD
Artist Teacher Workshop Or Tutoring

“Life Force” guiding our history, our body and spirits. Self portrait art, life drawing from the live model, gesture, and plein air painting. And extended cont…

Bryan Prillwitz
United States of America flag icon
Tarot Reading
$100 USD
Timeline Reading

EGYPTIAN TAROT READINGS using unique methods developed by Nelise Carbonare, a Brazilian healer with more than 40 years of experience in tarot consultations, as…

Nelise Carbonare
United States of America flag icon
Tarot Reading
$120 USD

THE SYNERGY OF THE PYRAMID focuses on a specific relationship: One side for the consultant and one for their partner. (the partner does not need to be present …

Nelise Carbonare
United States of America flag icon
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
Pick one card

Many questions can be answer with just one Arcane.

Do you want to try?

Nelise Carbonare
United States of America flag icon
Personal Development Coaching
$50 USD
Spiritual Coaching - Removing Energy Blocks - Expansion

> “Who looks outside dreams. Who looks inside awakens.” Jung

Spiritual coaching is about moving you into a profound state of empowerment and involution m…

Kimla Rose (Kim Desrosiers)
United States of America flag icon
Life Coaching
$10 USD
Life Purpose and Soul Wisdom

What is your deeper truth, your deeper knowing, your MOJO, your deepest desires, those feelings that you can’t explain but that are so pure and so clear…or may…

Anna Beale
United States of America flag icon
Wellness Coaching
$10 USD
Your Missing Manual for Health & Life!

Are you constantly reading books, blogs and listening to podcasts trying to figure out what to do to be healthy?

With so much conflicting information out ther…

Pamela Malo
United States of America flag icon
Nutritional Therapy
$150 USD
Nutritional Therapy Consultation

Hi my name is Aria and I am the founder of Heal with Nutrition. I am a registered Nutritional Therapist and a Naturopath who has a passion on Nutrition and Hea…

Aria Alexandrou
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland flag icon
Tarot Reading
$10 USD

With a deep knowledge of hermeticism and being introduced to the kabbalah tradition of the emanation process from the tree of life, I provide a deep insight co…

James Marchiori
Ireland flag icon
Personal Development Coaching
$55 USD
The Bridge to Your Desired Life

This is were you get real help with your struggles and life challenges. As life gets harder to cope with, we tend to look for external ways to get through. And…

Mina Mikhail
United States of America flag icon
$10 USD
Intake Consult

short introduction consult to Integrative Medicine

Femke Neervoort
Netherlands flag icon
Career Coaching
$300 USD
Reset Coaching and Mentoring Programme

12 weeks of bi-weekly 90 minutes 1:1 Coaching and Mentoring. Total cost USD1800 (6x90minutes career coaching and mentoring session)

Are you returning to work …

Carla Martins
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland flag icon
Personal Development Coaching
$120 USD
Spiritual Life Coach Session-Personalized Session

Personalized Sessions

Because Everyone Is Unique

Client-centered sessions based on the area of focus requested by the client.

Each session is a LIVE Sessio…

Deborah Lucero
United States of America flag icon
$55 USD
Guidance, Inspiration & Healing

This type of session is a favorite among many of my clients, as it is often times one of the smoothest way to address a challenge to reach a happier and health…

Mina Mikhail
United States of America flag icon
$10 USD
Psychic Readings

I specialize in love, past present future, future, past life, general, tarot, dream interpretation, specific, social, and career readings! Book today for clari…

United States of America flag icon
Life Coaching
$399 USD
1-on-1 Coaching

The journey started with our discovery call, and You decided: ” I’m ready! Let’s do this!”.

We will engage in 1-on-1 coaching sessions for 90 minutes. In this…

Carla Martins
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland flag icon
$88 USD
Ascension Mentor Support

In this session, we come together with similar to a healing session but face to face.

We talk about what issues you are facing at the moment and we delve deep…

Claire C.
Australia flag icon
Spiritual Healing
$177 USD
Energy Healing

I am honored to assist you with intuitive channeled energy healings that support and nurture you on a physical level as well soul and energetic level, each ses…

Claire C.
Australia flag icon
$375 USD
Usui Reiki 1st Degree Course

FIRST DEGREE COURSE - The ultimate Reiki course.

Have you ever wondered if you can heal? Have you felt a burning desire to help others? Then you’ve come to th…

Step Into Your Light - Christina Moore
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland flag icon
Life Coaching
$10 USD
Hand Analysis - Startup Session

What does a hand analysis do for me? ​

You will understand yourself and your life purpose. ​You will understand the roots of your triggers and reactionary be…

Brent Bruning, Master Hand Analyst
Switzerland flag icon
$10 USD
Sample Akashic Records Reading for Your Burning Issue

I connect to your Akashic Records and listen to what your guides want to bring to your conscoius attention at this time. Perhaps, it is an insight into why you…

Olga Aydınoğlu
Turkey flag icon
Shamanic Healing
$300 USD
Shamanic Healing Art

What is Shamanic Healing Art?

It is a physical artwork (usually a pastel drawing) I make for you based on the outcome of our online session. This artwork will…

Olga Aydınoğlu
Turkey flag icon