The first chakra is known as a Kundalini chakra, the root chakra or base chakra. It is situated at the base of or tail end of the spine. It is represented by the red Maladhara mandala (root support), the element of fire and it is also symbolized by a snake or a dragon.
The first chakra is the foundation of the physical body; it stimulates vital forces throughout our body and assists in keeping us grounded to the earth. It influences our immune system, our energy, basic impulses, instincts, endurance and fight or flight reactions. This chakra is the base of the six other Chakras and it deals with the body’s survival including food, shelter and protection. Relationships in our early life influence the wellbeing of this chakra. It helps to activate our energy and stimulates activity, exercise, action and vitality, if these early relationships were easy going and of good quality, later survival issues will be easy. If there was damage to this chakra caused in early life that has not been healed then there will be problems encountered in day to day life that prevent us from moving on through our development.
The root chakra is relevant to achievements in the material world, permanence, strength of character, patience, endurance and safety. When this chakra is balanced we feel healthy, alive free, optimistic, happy, steady and full of vitality.
If the root chakra has too much energy flowing through it, this could cause selfishness, greed, an over powering manner, irritation, aggression and sadism. If there is too little energy flowing through it, this possibly will cause anxiety, lack of confidence, and a lack of ability to complete things.
There may also be a leaning towards feeling unloved and masochistic. If this chakra is not working properly it negatively influences the legs, bones, adrenal glands, colon, kidneys and spinal column.