Muladhara is located at the very base of the spine; the coccyx, pelvic floor and first 3 vertebrae, and is responsible for our sense of safety and security. When Muladhara is functioning well, we feel grounded and satisfied that our primal needs are being met.
It is understood that all of life, that is all that has a name and form, has a base from which it will evolve from and return to. This is the source of original prana (life force), which must be awakened at the root Chakra in order for it to ascend the Pingala nadi channel. Muladhara Chakra is the location of infinite energy and spiritual experience. It is associated with the unconscious mind and acts as the imprint of our deep-rooted fears and primal instincts. In meditation, Muladhara Chakra is depicted as a deep red locus with four petals. The bija mantra for Muladhara Chakra is Lam (Saraswati, 2016). The earth element is symbolised by the square and the downward pointing triangle depicts the downward flow of energy, keeping us grounded to the earth (Simpson, 2016).
Over the next month, we will work on bringing balance to Muladhara in our practice of asana, breath work, hasta mudra (hand gestures), meditation and relaxation.
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It is vital to pay respect and acknowledgement to our sources:
Judith, A. (2015) Chakra Yoga. Woodbury:Llewellyn Publications.
Saradananda, S. (2015) Mudras for Modern Life. London: Watkins Media Ltd.
Saraswati, S. N. (2016) Prana and Pranayama. Bahir India: Bihar School of Yoga.
Simpson, L. (2016) The Book of Chakra Healing: A Spiritual System of Cosmic Healing. London: Octopus Publishing.