In Sanskrit Muladhara means ‘the place of the root’. Because of its location and features it is the base for all the chakras located above it. It is right at the base of our spine at the bottom of the pelvic cavity, in the perineum, in the coccygal plexus area. It is also connected to our feet and legs – the base of our entire body which we use to interact with the Earth. This is why it is associated with the element of Earth.
It represents our biological urge to survive, the conscious and unconscious pursuit of food and safe shelter. It is responsible for the recognition and understanding of our physicality and the connection between us, the Earth and all the living beings. The lack of balance in this chakra manifests itself with the ‘fight or flight’ reactions with fear becoming the prevalent emotion.