The root chakra corresponds to the energy of survival and existence; hence, yogic teaching emphasizes the importance of balancing this chakra. If the root chakra is in balance, it is believed to promote good digestion and masculine sexual function. If it is out of balance, it is thought to cause problems such as lower back pain, depression, fatigue and anemia. Lack of balance in this chakra can also be associated with digestive issues such as constipation.
There are certain postures in yoga believed to help activate and balance the root chakra. These include mountain pose and savasana. Physical exercise and deep sleep are also said to stimulate the root chakra.