Definition - What does Muladhara mean?

Muladhara is the Sanskrit name for the chakra located at the base of the spine. It is usually represented by the color red. This wheel, or vortex, of pranic energy is said to form the basis of our spiritual development and nourishment. In Kundalini yoga, spiritual energy (or kundalini shakti) is rooted in the muladhara chakra where it sleeps until it is awakened and drawn up the spine.

The English name for muladhara is root chakra.

Yogapedia explains Muladhara

The term muladhara comes from the Sanskrit mula, meaning "root,” and adhara, meaning “support” or “base.” This is fitting because balancing this chakra is said to form the supportive foundation for higher spiritual development. It is also believed to be the basis from which the three primary channels of psychic energy in the body emerge: Ida, Pingala and Sushumna.

The symbol for muladhara is a square yellow lotus surrounded by eight spears with four red petals around the edge. The mantra associated with this chakra is “Lam,” and chanting this is one of the ways thought to bring the chakra into balance.

Another way to bring muladhara into balance is to use red gemstones, such as garnet or bloodstone, or red essential oils, such as sandalwood or ylang ylang.

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