The Root Chakra, also known as the Base Chakra, is located at the tailbone. This chakra is our connection to the material world. It governs our survival instincts, our need for basic necessities like food, shelter, and clothing. In modern times most people recognize that this also includes all that nurtures our body, mind and soul such as family, friends, stable finances, and careers.
The term “root” in Root Chakra is not an accidental choice. This chakra is not only a connection to the material world, but a connection to the physical world, to earth energy. Connecting with the earth, whether that means working with plants or spending time outdoors, brings a sense of inner-connectedness that is easily lost in this technological age. Consequently, whenever you need to energetically ground yourself, this is the chakra to work with. Grounding is necessary to cultivate awareness of your surroundings, process the various types of information we are inundated with clearly, and find inner peace.
If you remember nothing else, keep in mind that the Root Chakra’s focus is survival. The health of this chakra directly affects how well we are able to adapt and thrive when confronted with challenges, whatever form they may take.