Yoga Mudra: Yoga for root chakra imbalance

Atul Vyas 

The chakras are an indication of the fullest potential of each and every person. The chakras represent the power of consciousness that lies within every human being. The lowest of the human chakras, the mooladhara represents the level of man where there are severe  limitations both in knowledge and the ability.

The first chakra’s subtle energy corresponds to three physical body parts, which are throat, large intestine, and knees. If this chakra is out of balance then either one of these body parts may get weak. It could lead to  various physical symptoms such as constipation or diarrhea, tightness in the neck, swollen glands or pain in the knees.

There could be general muscle tightness throughout the body, pain in the bones, feelings of lethargy. There could be pain in the lower back or coccyx area. The imbalance in this chakra could lead to osteoporosis too. There are many yogic interventions to balance and activate this important root chakra and one of them is “Yoga Mudra”.


  • Sit in sukhasana or comfortable pose
  • Stretch the arms while Inhaling above the head, and then bring them behind the back and grasp the left wrist with right hand
  • Bend the body forward from the hips, keeping the back straight, till the forehead touches the floor or go down as much as possible without pain while inhaling.
  • Breath normally
  • Be in this pose as long as comfortable
  • Slowly raise the body to starting position while Inhaling


  • Balances or unblocks root chakra
  • Calms the mind and the nerves
  • Stimulate digestive function
  • Strengthens lungs
  • Also helps in gastritis, constipation and sluggish liver

Note of Caution

It is prohibited for people suffering from high blood pressure, retina detachment and cervical spondylosis.

Atul Vyas likes to be called a “Yoga Scientist”. He is a celebrity yoga trainer and has trained several top Hollywood and Bollywood stars. He has trained for years under many eminent yoga gurus including his illustrious mother Daya Vyas, the first lady yoga guru of India.

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