The Mooladhara chakra is symbolized by a four-petalled lotus that is deep red in color. In the middle of the lotus is a yellow square–the yantra of the earth element. At the center of the square is a lingam called the ‘swayambhu linga’ which represents consciousness. A red serpent representing Kundalini Shakti is coiled three and a half times around the linga. In some depictions, the yellow square is also supported by an elephant with seven trunks, symbolizing the solidarity and stability of the earth.
Muladhara represents the center of instincts, stability of mind and body, survival and self-sufficiency. A positive balance in the Muladhara Chakra would be mental and physical health and prosperity. A balanced or clear Root Chakra is steady and grounded. The principal virtue of your First Chakra is for you to find more safety and grounding so that you can trust in the wisdom of your body with your surroundings.
If unbalanced or blocked, one can have issues with survival—both financially and domestic. Another expression is a preoccupation with the gaining and keeping of material possessions which can turn into hoarding.Trust and appropriate boundaries can also be challenged.
“By meditating on Kundalini in mooladhara chakra, a man becomes lord of speech, a king among men and an adept in all kinds of learning. He becomes free from all diseases and remains ever cheerful.” – Swami Satyananda
Crystals and stones possess specific vibrational and energetic qualities that have been used for thousands of years for their healing and spiritual effects. Healing stones are one of the most common tools used to activate, balance and cleanse specific chakra energy centers. To learn how to use healing chakra gemstones effectively you must pair the appropriate stone with the affected chakra.
The most powerful crystals and stones for the Muladhara chakra are:
Wearing and using gemstone mala beads is a powerful and efficient way to use healing chakra gemstones in your yoga practice and daily life. If you have a meditation altar, placing you mala on it will also help to balance and activate the space. The following mala beads contain gemstones that will be helpful to balance and activate the first chakra.