CHAKRA HEALING | Is my Root Chakra blocked and what should I do?

Grounded, Secure, Balanced

When you're feeling confident, supported, focused and energised - basically undefeatable, chances are your root chakra is aligned. 

If on the other hand you're feeling sluggish, insecure,  then you may need to do some work to activate, clear and align your Root Chakra.

Root Chakra - The Foundation

The Root Chakra, is the first Chakra, also known as the base chakra. In Sanskrit it is called Muladhara, which is the joining of two words - Mula meaning “root” and adhara meaning “support” or “base”.

The Root Chakra is associated with the Earth element and the colour Red.

Where is my Root Chakra located and what does it do?

Your Root Chakra is located at the perineum (base of your spine), along the first three vertebrae and it extends down into your feet and legs. It's connected to your lower back, legs, your feet and is the foundation of life representing safety, stability and security. 

How can I tell if my Root chakra is blocked?

A blocked root chakra can manifest mentally, for example if you've been feeling irritated, anxious, sluggish, insecure then these may be some symptoms of a blocked Root Chakra. Symptoms can also be more physical. Constipation, cramps, lower back pain are some potential indications that your Root Chakra is blocked, unaligned or deactivated.

How can I unblock my Root chakra?

A repeated Root Chakra yoga sequence is probably the best way to unblock your Root Chakra but this can be complemented with the addition of chanting/affirmations, crystals and aromatherapy. Our tried and tested sequence takes about 10 minutes.

What yoga poses are best to unblock my Root chakra?

We recommend this yoga sequence, which takes approximately 10 minutes minimum to complete, although the longer the better.

Easy Pose (Sukhasana)


Benefits: Relaxing effect on the mind and body which is helpful in reducing stress and anxiety. Calms the mind, improving concentration and focus and automatically makes you more attentive. It strengthens the back muscles, stretches the knees and ankles and improves the overall body posture. Lengthens the spine and back muscles.

How to: Sit on the edge of a firm blanket. Extend your legs in front of your body and sit up straight, then cross your legs in front of you at the shins. With your knees wide, place each foot beneath the opposite knee. Fold your legs in toward your torso. Place your hands on your knees, palms down. Balance your weight evenly across your sit bones. Align your head, neck, and spine. Lengthen your spine, but soften your neck. Relax your feet and thighs. Gaze straight ahead with soft eyes.

Hold for up to one minute or for the duration

Watch for: If your hips are tight, do not sit flat on the floor! Prop yourself up on a blanket, two blankets or a meditation pillow. Lifting your hips above the level of your knees will greatly reduce stress and discomfort in your hips, knees, and back. It will also open your groin even further and bring your spine into correct alignment, which will help you to stay in the position for much longer periods.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Benefits: Gently rests, relieves and stretches the lower back, hips, thighs & ankles; inspires introspection as it takes us inward to observe our body, breath, and mind; calms the mind; stretches the back muscles

How to: From lying on your back, gently roll to one side and then slowly make your way onto your belly. Bend your knees and shift your hips back until the buttocks reach the heels and the hamstrings rest on the calves. Bring your hands alongside your feet, palms facing up, or keep your arms extended and your shoulders relaxed.

Stay here for 2 minutes or at least for 5 deep slow breaths.

Watch for: If resting the buttocks on your heels does not feel comfortable, place a folded blanket or a bolster in between them. Or you can also use a bolster between your body and the mat.

Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

Benefits: improves your posture and body awareness, strengthens your legs, and establishes good alignment.

How to: From 

3 deep breaths.

Watch for: If 

Forward Fold (Uttanasana)

Benefits: it 

How to: From

Breathe deeply for 3 breaths.

Watch for: If .

Garland Pose / Yogi Squat (Malasana)


Benefits: it

How to: From

Breathe deeply for 5 breaths.

Watch for: If 

Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Benefits: it can help bring about a deep state of rest which can help to release stress and muscular tension

How to: From

Breathe deeply for 10 breaths.

Watch for: If 

Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)

Benefits: it 

How to: From

Breathe deeply for 10 breaths.

Watch for: If  

Root Chakra Affirmations

  • C/Oohm
  • I am present and capable
  • I am safe and feel at peace
  • I am confident in my ability to care for myself
  • I am focused and energetic

How can I use crystals to unblock my Root chakra?

There are many crystals that are useful when doing Root Chakra work. Red crystals such as Red Jasper, Red Agate & Red Quartz, as well as darker or black stones such as Hematite, Black Obsidian, Black Agate, Black Tourmaline or Smoky Quartz.

But with all crystal healing, nothing is set in stone! You should use whichever crystals reasonate with you or you feel most drawn to.

You can place the crystals in your palms while meditating, wear crystal jewellery or place the crystals around your home, carry them around with you. Many have been known to keep a few in their bra!

Our Mini Root Chakra Aligning Kit contains both tumbles and a bracelet to help align your root chakra



Guides you in becoming the master of your mind. This crystal will centre you in the present and when your thoughts are in a mess.

Black Tourmaline 

A highly protective stone that offers physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual protection. It is considered one of the best root chakra stones because of its grounding energy and its ability to boost our vitality, strength, and security.

This powerful stone transforms negative energy into positive energy and aligns the chakras. It reduces fears, phobias, and panic attacks, and gives us personal power during difficult situations.

You'll enjoy the self-confidence, physical energy, and clarity this crystal provides. It also supports the body with detoxification and assistance for the muscles, colon, and adrenal glands.

Red Jasper 

the Stone of Endurance. This crystal fills you with fiery energy to build your inner strength and connect you to your true power.

Smokey Quartz 

A highly protective stone that offers physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual protection. It is considered one of the best root chakra stones because of its grounding energy and its ability to boost our vitality, strength, and security.


Black Agate 

Black Agate is used for its grounding, balancing and centering properties. It is closely connected to the Root chakra. Wearing jewellery made from this gemstone will bring you peace, balance your positive and negative energy, relieve anxiety and provide protection during hard times

Black Obsidian





How can I use aromatherapy to unblock my Root chakra?

Aromatherapy can be used prior to, during or after yoga or meditation session, or as a quick fix. As the Root Chakra is centred around the earth and roots, it's not surprising that the Essential Oils that can be used to help unblock or align are also earthy or have roots. Think Cedarwood, Spruce, Sandalwood, or the earthy tones of Patchouli, Frankincense, Vetiver and even Black Pepper. Ginger, Lavender, Ylang & Clary can also be used.

Rub directly into the soles of your feet (black pepper, patchouli, vetiver); apply to your stomach (ginger, lavender);  add to your bath (cedarwood, vetiver, lavender); or blend with carrier oil and add to pulse points, or simply diffuse prior to or during a session of yoga, meditation or mindfulness.

Here are our top ten Root Chakra Essential Oils

1.Patchouli - 

Calming patchouli draws the energy down into the body and anchors it at the root chakra. Its grounding effects help to ease anxiety and lift low moods. Offers a grounding, balancing effect on emotions. Improves confidence and clarity of thought. Useful for stress and anxiety

2. Vetiver

Vetiver essential oil is a natural sedative. Its balancing, grounding and calming properties help to encourage a sense of belonging and works on the body and the mind.

3. Frankincense

Frankincense has calming, soothing properties that promote a feeling of safety. Its warm, earthy scent has a grounding effect and invites positive emotions.Has antidepressant and sedative qualities (soothing and calming). Lifts the spirits and increases focus, as well as aids in meditation. Ideal when stressed or overwhelmed.

4. Cedarwood

cedarwood essential oil is powerful, yet subtle, with a soft woody scent. Cedarwood is protective and grounding, helping us to feel assured in our wellness. Grounding and calming, use to relieve anger and ease nervous tension. Its uplifting qualities can combat feelings of negativity. A favorite to use during the practice of meditation and yoga

5. Sandalwood

calming, sedative and antidepressant. It has a restorative effect on mind and emotions.

6. Ginger 

Ginger is a warming and grounding oil that helps to stimulate and energize the root chakra. It promotes feelings of stability

7. Lavender


8. Ylang Ylang


9. Black Pepper


10. Black Pepper


What other things can I do to unblock my Root chakra?

As the Root Chakra is connected to the earth, it makes sense that activities that bring you closer to nature will help to ground you.

Here are some other Chakra Healing ideas, to help you activate, unblock or align your Root Chakra


Spend some time in a garden, or if space is an issue even planting up a houseplant. There's something grounding about feeling the earth in your fingers and being one with nature. 


As the root chakra is associated with the colour red, eating red fruit such as raspberries or tomatoes, red vegetables or even wearing red socks or knickers, will have some sort of impact on your Root Chakra. 

Meditation, Mindfulness, Chanting 

Take time out to meditate or chant, practice mindfulness - try to be present in the moment.

Walk barefoot 

On the grass, on the beach, in your home, connect to the earth

Check out our Chakras collection, for a great selection of crystals, incense, jewellery, gift sets, singing bowls and more.

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