August 22

Muladhara – The Root Chakra S02E06

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Anodea Judith

The chakra system is a map for the journey through life.  Its seven rainbow colours represent the full spectrum of human possibility that stretches from the ordinary to the extraordinary, from Earth to heaven, forming a bridge and describing the steps between them.  

This map is an archetypal formula for wholeness that addresses the full spectrum of human possibility.  To navigate its territory is to take an exciting journey of awakening - in body, mind, and spirit.

Welcome to theJourney

All journeys begin with a first step and the beginning of our journey through the chakras begins with the element of earth. It is a fitting start because here we can develop strong roots. Roots that anchor us and give us stability. These are the roots that nourish us and represent our foundations, our bodies, the very ground we walk on.

Fittingly this chakra connects to our feet, legs, and sciatic nerve.

It is first awakened when we are babies and continues to develop for the first seven years of our life.

Correspondences

Muladhara is the 1st energy centre,

Muladhara Chakra - Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.

Colour is Red. 

Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.

Chant: “Lam.” 

Element: earth. 

Energy: safe, grounded. 

Action: I am.

Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food.

Create a Mantra: Such as 'I love my body' and begin each day with your mantra

 Relates to our most basic survival, for example, our needs and our sense of belonging, whether to our family or a larger group. 

A healthy chakra is clear and energy flows through it freely, therefore we feel secure and confident that we can easily fulfill our needs. On the other hand, blockage in this area can cause us to feel anxious and worried.

Muladhara chakra connects us to the earth, and gives us vital information about whether actions we are considering will nourish us or pose a threat. When we have a decision to make, we can listen to the signals of Muladhara.  There fore, uncomfortable sensations are a message to be alert and reconsider, while pleasant feelings indicate that a given course of action is likely to meet our needs for safety and nourishment.

For more on the development cycles of the chakras go HERE

Breath work is an easy way to help balance our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.  This in turn dampens down our adrenal response and helps center and ground us for meditation or yoga.  Nadi Shodhana or alternate nasal breathing is a great tool to utilize.  It easy, and only takes 5 mins.  This helps you centre before grounding muladhara.   You can do this as often as you need to. 

Mula bandha

The Root Lock

The Bandhas are an important aspect of yoga practice

Here, mula lock is located at the base of the torso, the perineum, and it is associated with the muladhara chakra, lowest of the energy centers along the spine.  Mula bandha accompanies both pranayama and meditation, and it provides continuity when breathing practices are completed and meditation begins.  Practicing Bandha is important for safe yoga practice.  In this instance it helps to protect the lower back.  

Yoga for Muladhara

Mountain Pose

The foundation of all standing poses

Benefits

Improves posture

Strengthens thighs, knees, and ankles

Firms abdomen and buttocks

Relieves sciatica

Reduces flat feet

Chair Pose

Chair Pose clearly works the muscles of the arms and legs, but it also stimulates the diaphragm and heart.

Benefits

Strengthens the ankles, thighs, calves, and spine

Stretches shoulders and chest

Stimulates the abdominal organs, diaphragm, and heart

Reduces flat feet

Warrior II Pose

Named for a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, this version of Warrior Pose increases stamina.

Benefits

Strengthens and stretches the legs and ankles

Stretches the groins, chest and lungs, shoulders

Stimulates abdominal organs

Increases stamina

Relieves backaches, especially through second trimester of pregnancy

Therapeutic for carpal tunnel syndrome, flat feet, infertility, osteoporosis, and sciatica

Garland Pose

The garland pose stretches the ankles, groins, and back. If your heels don't reach the floor, rest them on a folded blanket.

Benefits

Opens your hips and groin.

Stretches your ankles, lower hamstrings, back and neck.

Tones your abdominal.

Aids in digestion.

Strengthens your metabolism.

Keeps your pelvic and hip joints healthy.

Ideal for prenatal yoga.

Diamond Pose

Vajrasana pose is a simple sitting yoga pose.

Benefits

aiding in digestion

relieving or preventing constipation

strengthening pelvic muscles

helping keep the mind calm and stable

curing digestive acidity and gas formation

helping to relieve knee pain

strengthening thigh muscles

helping to relieve back pain

strengthening sexual organs

helping in treatment of urinary problems

increasing blood circulation to the lower abdominal region

helping to reduce obesity

helping reduce menstrual cramps

Staff Pose

It might look straightforward, but there's more to Staff Pose than meets the eye.

Benefits

Strengthens the back muscles

Stretches the shoulders and chest

Improves posture

Grounding Meditation


Grounding is a wonderful way to begin or end your day.
 
When we ground, we become present and embodied.

This centering technique brings us fully into ourselves, our bodies, our minds, and opens our hearts.

This helps us connect to the earth and reminds us that the centre of the earth is directly below us.

You can use this mediation in several ways.

You may utilize this before a stressful time, to help keep you balanced and protected,

or you can do it afterward to help ground and heal.

You can perform this in the morning so you can walk through your day in a connected way,

or at the end of the day to help release any emotions, memories, or thoughts, that do no longer serve you.  

 include the following to further work on muladhara

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