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

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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kql0ld02SS4

10. Todo Cambia by Mercedes Sosa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf2cnIDyKL8

11. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NV4xhsYvU2g&list=PL5B27D2C118B3BF90

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Ed: Sara Crolick

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Michelle Margaret is a heart-centered writer, teacher and creator of Yoga Freedom. She has been a columnist on Elephant Journal since 2010  and has written and self-published several inspiring books. She incorporates yoga, dharma, hatha, yin, mindfulness, chakras, chanting, pranayama and more into her teachings and personal practice.

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anonymous 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

anonymous Feb 3, 2014 11:36am

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

anonymous 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.

anonymous Aug 28, 2013 6:35am

ah, Radiohead…perfect. Fun list, Thanks!

anonymous Aug 27, 2013 4:03pm

Dead Can Dance – Mother Tongue!

anonymous Aug 27, 2013 3:47pm

I love MC Yogi – but Michael Jackson's Human Nature being associated with Root Chakra? Really? I can think of a handful of Santana songs from their first 3 albums that are MUCH more primal. DRUMS!!!

anonymous Aug 27, 2013 3:08pm

It is Patty Griffin, not Patti Griffith, but great playlist, Thanks,

    anonymous Aug 27, 2013 5:23pm

    Thanks for the catch, Patricia!

    anonymous Aug 28, 2013 7:06am

    Oops! I guess I've been away from Austin for too long. (That's where Patty G. lives too…) Thanks for reading / listening / commenting.

anonymous Aug 27, 2013 2:55pm

I needed this right now! Was just driving to my first classes of the fall semester and thinking that this single mom/full time student needs some empowering tunes to study along with. I will survive… Algebra!

    anonymous Aug 28, 2013 7:06am

    Ha. You will survive algebra and everything else. I'm glad it resonated with you! Thanks for reading / listening / commenting. Namaste, Michelle

anonymous Aug 27, 2013 8:46am

Love it! Now I’m off to Spotify to put it together……

    anonymous Aug 27, 2013 12:38pm

    Great, Ann! I'm glad it resonated with you! I have to check out Spotify…. I have heard good things but am not sure if it works in Guatemala. Namaste, Michelle