August 27, 2013

I Will Survive: A Playlist to Rock Your Root Chakra.

The body never lies. ~ Martha Graham

The primary concern of the root chakra is survival.

The root’s issues also include anicca, a.k.a. impermanence, clinging versus letting go, security and safety versus fear of abandonment. This chakra governs reflexes, instincts and digestive functions. A healthy root chakra lends itself to one’s overall sense of well-being and vibrant energy. An unhealthy first chakra can cause feelings of fear, insecurity and powerlessness.

This playlist will rock your root chakra!

Please share your favorite root chakra song in a comment, if so inspired.

1. Ganesh is Fresh by MC Yogi

According to the Vedic texts of ancient Hinduism, Ganesh the Elephant God is the ruler of muladhara (“root”) chakra. This fabulous tune for an upbeat yoga practice tells Ganesh’s life story.

2. I Will Survive by Cake

Of course, you could go for the original Gloria Gaynor disco version.

3. Flaming Red by Patti Griffin

The root chakra’s color is flaming red.

4. A Day in the Life by The Beatles

He blew his mind out in a car… he didn’t notice that the lights had changed.

5. Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash

6. She’s 22 by Norah Jones

Her boyfriend cheats on her with a 22 year old, and she writes a hit album. Gotta love Norah Jones!

7. Never Enough by The Cure

8. Elephant Power by MC Yogi

Yes, he made the list twice. With a name like MC Yogi, it has to be good.

9. Human Nature by Michael Jackson


10. Todo Cambia by Mercedes Sosa


11. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

Bonus: The entire Radiohead album, King of Limbs, is very root chakra-y. Enjoy!


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Ed: Sara Crolick

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antara111 Mar 29, 2014 11:44am

Very funny and clever article.
Please write the playlist to flame manipura chakra!
I already have a song name for it: "Let it burn" by Usher

Beats Music Feb 3, 2014 11:36am

7,9 and 11 and some of my all time favorites. great list!

Catherine Sep 1, 2013 9:43am

I guess I prefer the Gloria Gaynor's version of "I Will Survive," mostly because I prefer to hear songs sung on pitch. I can't imagine this particular version would do much for your root chakra when the constant TOTALLY out of pitch singing is so obvious, annoying and distracting.

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