The Tantric belief system, which originated in South Asia, holds that you have seven swirling energy centers, known as chakras, that run along a column from the base of your spine to the crown of your head. Blocked chakras create disturbances in your mental, physical and spiritual health. The muladhara chakra, also known as the root chakra, is located at the base of your spine. Specific exercises can help to promote energy flow in this primal energy center.
An imbalance in your muladhara chakra can manifest as a poor sense of direction or balance, memory disturbances or any number of mental problems, according to certain spiritual practitioners. The recitation of the Shri Ganesha mantra is said to help clear blockages in the muladhara chakra and promote balance and well-being. Begin in a meditative pose and draw energy up from the earth through the base of your spine. This exercise consists of repeating the words, or mantra, "Om twameva shakshat shri ganesha shakshat shri adi shakti mataji shri nirmala devi namoh namah."
Seed Sound Exercise
Every chakra has a seed sound, also known as bija in the Hindu tradition. Thomas Ashley-Farrand writes in "Chakra Mantras: Liberate Your Spiritual Genius Through Chanting" that the seed sound for the muladhara chakra is the word, "Lam," pronounced as "Lahm." Certain spiritual practitioners in India believe that repeating this sound out loud or silently has the power to draw in energies that can clear the root chakra, release any imbalances and promote a sense of well-being and stability.
Root Chakra Meditation
Yoga Basics, an online site founded by Kripalu-trained yoga teacher Timothy Burgin, notes the root chakra meditation helps to open up this area of the body and ground your mind and emotions. A simple version of the meditation can be performed in about 10 minutes. Sit in a comfortable position, keeping your spine straight to promote the flow of energy throughout your body. Relax, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Concentrate on your root chakra at the base of your spine. Imagine a red, swirling vortex in this area. Breathe in and draw the energy up from your spine, releasing it out of the top of your head. Exhale and focus on drawing the energy back down into your root chakra.
The root chakra represents your connection to the earth and your right to exist. Keeping yourself grounded to the earth supports and energizes the root chakra. To perform a basic grounding exercise, stand outdoors, preferably in bare feet. Keep your body relaxed, with your spine in proper alignment. Don't slouch or hunch your shoulders. Close your eyes and imagine your feet growing roots into the ground. As you inhale, draw the energy of the earth into your feet and along your spine. Exhale and pull the energy from the sky down your spine and out into the earth.