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We are starting this week with Muladhara - the Root Chakra!
MULADHARA - THE ROOT CHAKRA
Muladhara, the 1st chakra is located at the base of the spine. It is the center of survival, security, primal instinct and the seat of the Kundalini energy often depicted as a coiled snake. This chakra governs our foundation in life and is the root through which we receive the nourishment we need. It is associated with the element of Earth, color ruby red and the sense of smell. When this chakra is open and balanced we feel grounded, stable and secure, our body is healthy and radiant. When out of balance we may feel week and disconnected from life, insecure and fearful. When this chakra is overly active one can become overweight and lazy, too materialistically focused and spiritual growth stifled.
ROOT CHAKRA PROPERTIES:
- Action: To Have
- Location: Perineum at the base of the spine
- Purpose: Foundation
- Aspects: Strength, Security, Vitality
- Element: Earth
- Color: Ruby Red
- Planet: Saturn
- Symbol: 4 petaled lotus with yellow square
- Sound: LAM
- Sense: Smell
- Crystals: Ruby, Garnet, Hematite
- Foods: Beets, Red cabbage, Cherries, Root vegetables
- Organs: Teeth, bones, kidneys, adrenal glands
- Affirmation: I am stable and rooted in my life
Virabhadrasana I - Warrior Pose A wonderful pose that teaches grounding and stimulates the root. It strengthens legs, opens hips and connects one to the earth, establishing a strong foundation in the feet. Develops stamina, balance and coordination.
Upavista Konasana - Seated Angle Pose Easy pose even for a beginner to sink into the sensation of opening the pelvis and the root chakra. Stretch your legs out. Lean forward but keep the spine straight. Use arms for support or if flexible enough, extend arms on the floor as you bring your chest and belly down.
Supta Baddha Konasana - Reclining Bound Angle Pose This is one of the most restorative poses. Here the gravity can help open up the hips. It stimulates abdominal organs, stretches the inner thighs and groins. Use props under the knees to decrease the intensity of this pose.
Sit comfortably with your back straight and your sitting bones grounded and supported. Close your eyes, take few deep breaths and imagine ruby red energy flowing in and out of the base of your spine. With each breath open and relax more and allow the energy to flow effortlessly both ways bringing you a sense of harmony and balance. Imagine yourself in a cave deep within the Earth growing strong roots to the center of the Earth. Through those roots you are taking in all the nourishment you need. You are protected, grounded and safe. Chant the sound LAM and feel the element of earth in your body, giving you good foundation and anchoring your spirit into the physical reality.