The Root Chakra

Location: The root chakra is associated with the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae.

What it is: Think about your root chakra (aka Muladhara in Sanskrit) as the foundation of a house, except for your body—when in balance it’s sturdy, stabilizing, and supportive. As such, it’s responsible for your sense of security and survival.

When it’s blocked: A variety of ailments can occur from blockages, including anxiety disorders, fears, or nightmares, adherents say. Physically, the first chakra is associated with problems in the colon, with the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, leg, or feet issues.