How to cleanse your root chakra and know when it is blocked

If you’ve been to a yoga class, or a Reiki energy healing session you’ve probably heard of the word chakra. It’s all over the internet and has somewhat become a buzzword. I wanted to write this blog post about what chakras are, what they do and how you can practice self-care as you heal your chakras. As a Reiki practitioner, I cleanse my chakras daily in my self-care practice and I wanted to share some of the ways you too can cleanse and rebalance your chakras. So let’s start with some definitions and demystify what they are.

Chakras explained

The word chakra comes from Sanskrit and means wheel or disk. This wheel or disk refers to spiritual energy centers that run throughout the body along the spine from the pelvis area all the up through to the top of the head.  There are seven chakras within the human body that relates to specific body parts, organs as well as physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual ways of being. Running through these chakras is life force energy also called Ki, Chi, White light or Prana (there are lots of other names). This energy is what keeps us healthy, vibrant and functioning. Chakras 8 through 12 are above the body and relate to your soul, the Divine, and the cosmos.

Chakras 1 through 7 are represented by the colours of the rainbow and throughout this series, I’ll be introducing you to each in depth.

What is the root chakra (Muladhara)?

The root chakra is the first chakra and is located at the base of your spine (between your anus and your genitals). It is responsible for your basic primal needs,  grounding you and making you feel connected to this world.

The root chakra takes care of your basic needs like food, shelter, money, and safety. If you think of it like Maslow's hierarchy of needs, this is the bottom of the pyramid.

How to know when your chakra is blocked or imbalanced

Physical imbalances with the root chakra
  • bladder problems
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Issues with the feet
  • Lower back pain
  • Issues with the base of your spine
Emotional imbalances with the root chakra
  • Anger
  • Impatience
  • Fear of lack of money
  • Feeling Stuck
  • Arrogant
  • Greed
  • Can’t keep still
  • Craving comfort foods
  • Feeling like you don’t belong
  • Feeling insecure
  • Lacking energy
  • Fear of job instability

Self-Care and Healing for Your Root Chakra


Meditations are one of the ways I like to cleanse and rebalance my chakras. I especially love Belinda Davidson's healing chakra cleanse for busy people. It’s a 30-minute meditation that I listen to almost every night as a part of my nightly ritual. This is a great meditation for all of your chakras. I believe in balancing them all but if you want to do some work with just one here are a few meditations that zero in on just the root chakra.


As a Reiki Master, I practice on myself daily. It’s become second nature to give myself a healing session whenever I need it. Reiki is performed by an attuned practitioner who acts as a channel for that life for energy that runs through your chakras. A practitioner can scan your body to understand where your blocks are. If you have a block at your root chakra, it’s a good idea to get a few Reiki sessions.

Reiki energy removes the blockages and rebalances the chakras. If you don’t have a practitioner near you, you can also benefit from a distance Reiki session, where an attuned practitioner can connect with you energetically and deliver the healing energy. It may sound weird but life force energy isn’t limited by space or time so it can be offered to anyone in the world no matter what distance is between them and the Reiki Practitioner. If you’re interested in receiving a distance session, you can check out my packages.

Food for your root chakra

  • Root Vegetables - Since your root chakra is all about grounding you to the earth, eating root vegetables will help your connection to the earth.
  • Sweet potato
  • Potato
  • Beets
  • Parsnips
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Turnips

  • Protein
  • Eggs
  • Tofu
  • Peanut butter
  • red kidney beans
  • red meat
  • bone broth
  • Red Fruits
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Pomegranate
  • watermelon

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils to balance your root chakra

  • Sandal Wood
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
How to use the essential oils for your root chakra
  • Foot massage with the oils helps you to feel grounded.
  • A back massage focusing on the lower back
  • Breathing it in using a diffuser

Yoga for root chakra healing

Yoga is a powerful way to heal the root chakra, as movement is one of the ways we connect with our bodies and the earth. Here is one of my favourite youtube yoga teachers doing a 30-minute root chakra sequence. 


Busy and need some quick healing for your chakra? Try these simple ideas.

  • Wear red or add red to your environment to remind you of your root chakra. Bringing awareness to this chakra and being mindful is a great way to start cleaning it.
  • Stand - Just stand arm's length apart for a few minutes and envision roots growing from your root chakra down through your legs into the earth.
  • Dance - allow your body to just move and release anything it needs to. You can turn on a quick tune and allow your body to move without thinking too much.
  • Go into nature. Take your shoes off and walk on the grass, dirt or water. Connecting with mother earth is very healing for your base chakra.


Affirmation for the Root Chakra

I am safe and supported

I am at peace where I am

I am enough exactly as I am

I am nourished, nurtured and supported

I am abundant

I am grounded and connected to the earth. My spirit is connected deep down into the roots of the earth. I feel protected, safe and secure. I release all fear, anxiety, and tension. I am deserving of all that I desire.


Love and Light,


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Lauri-Ann Ainsworth

Lauri-Ann Ainsworth is here to do her lightwork and raise the vibration of this planet. She's a Life Coach, Reiki Master, Women's Circle Facilitator, speaker, mama and creative. She helps intuitive, empathic and spiritually-minded people tune in to their core desires to live an intentional life with ease and flow so that they can contribute to this world with their own unique gifts. She'll help you design a life that's intentional and sacred by incorporating more rituals, energy work, cycling with the moon and practical business strategy.

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  • Kerrieanne says:

    Hello Laurie-Ann
    I really enjoyed your blog and intend to do some work on myself Thankyou
    This was just what I needed at this moment Thankyou 🙏💚

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