Muladhara: the first chakra
May 28, 2015
- Meaning: mula – root, base; adhara – support
- Location: column base
- Element: earth, the densest element
- Color: Red
- Mantra: THE M
- developmental age: from uterus to first year
- Sense: smell
- Body parts: feet, legs, genitals, intestines, kidneys, bones and teeth
- Positive emotions: security, loyalty, satisfaction
- Negative emotions: fear, prejudice, blind faith
- Main physiology activityl: delete
In a previous post on our blog, we talked about the seven chakras of the subtle body, their meaning and location. Muladhara is the first chakra. Located at the base of the spine, from where it acts as a foundation for all the other chakras, it is related to the physical world and our basic needs for survival and existence.
If your energy is balanced and flows well, you will feel secure in life. It will be easier for you to live in the present moment and connect with what is happening around you. You will also enjoy a strong immune system and bones, and notice that your earthly needs, such as food and shelter, are met.
However the energy of the first chakra may be unbalanced. When it is due to excess, one tends to feel stagnant in life; to accumulate unnecessary things and be stingy; to obsess over physical security; to get stuck in a routine and fear new things or to suffer from constipation or depression. If it is by default, you can be a fearful person; lack discipline and seek constant change; not being able to commit to relationships or losing weight excessively.
This imbalance can be due to many reasons: traumas suffered at a very young age that have been beyond our control, a serious illness or operation, a situation that creates extreme worry, physical abuse or others. To balance the Muladhara or first chakra, we recommend:
Asana: standing and balance postures such as Virabhadrasana (The Warrior), Utkatasana (The Chair), Trikonasana (The Triangle) or Vrikshasana (The Tree). By firmly rooting the feet on the ground in these postures, we connect with the energy of the earth and stimulate the pelvic floor where the Muladhara chakra is located.
Pranayama: Bhastrika or bellows breathing. Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight and begin to breathe deeply and consciously through your nose. Then inhale loudly and then exhale loudly, using your abdominal muscles to exhale well. You should hear a loud hissing sound. You can do 3 rounds of 10 breaths.
Meditation: walking meditation. Take slow steps, supporting the soles of your feet well and feeling the ground under them. You can walk in a straight line or in a circle and, if you want, without shoes. Be fully aware of each step you take, bending your knee, lifting your foot off the ground, moving it forward, and back down.
Affirmations: Sit on the edge of a chair with your back straight and the soles of your feet flat on the floor. Repeat internally: “I am exactly where I need to be”. Or: “The energy of the earth nourishes me”. Or also: “My body supports me with its strength”.
Others: a hot bath with aromas that stimulate the sense of smell; a massage or a foot reflexology session.
If you're more curious, YogaYe.com you can find the following books on the chakra system: THE BIBLE OF THE CHAKRAS y THE COMPLETE BOOK OF THE CHAKRAS. Remember that you can also take a look at them in our physical store at Woki Organic Market Asturies street, 22 in Barcelona.