A practical guide to Root Chakra (Muladhara) healing

After learning about what chakras are and where are located, their connection with our body organs, nadis and grantis we are left with wonder:

What can we do to help healing, aligning, balancing these chakras?

We are embarking now in an adventure to learn how we can aid to the healing/balancing of chakras with everyday things:

Things to do, things to eat, things to wear, things to smell, things to reflect upon, mantras to sing and kriyas to practice.

First, I would like to start with a comment on how you feel when your root chakra is not balanced or harmonized.

If your root chakra is not balanced, you will likely feel:

  • Lack of connection to people, friends, family
  • Not supported, insecure, not grounded, fearful, anxious
  • Lack of self confidence
  • Lack of will power
  • Lack of the “can do” force

What you do to balance/harmonize the root chakra Muladhara?

In everyday life:

  • Simple things like enjoying a relaxing meal with friends or family.
  • Being grateful for the things you already have, including family, friends.
  • Practice sports.
  • Take a walk in Nature (preferably barefoot, if possible).
  • Work in the garden.
  • Dance to the rhythm of music: drumming.
  • Wear red clothes, red gems, or objects
  • Surround yourself with flowers.

Burning incense is an important part of almost all the major religions of the world. Burning incense has become a key part of aromatherapy.

The following herbs and aromas support the root chakra Muladhara: cloves, rosemary, ginger, Vetiveria zizanoides, cedar, cypress.

Nourish yourself with earthy veggies:

Since the deficiency in Root Chakra is caused due to less interaction with the earth, whether directly or indirectly. You can add some earthly delights to balance your first wheel.

Add to your diet foods that are green and root vegetables and start over a restoration chapter. Some of the vegetables are:

  • Beets
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Beetroots
  • Mushrooms

 

In the yoga:

Sing the mantra OE. Practice standing posture (grounding), bending over. All you can think that influences feet, knees, legs, pelvis, lower back, and tailbone. Practice Sat kriya.

How do we feel when our chakra Muladhara is aligned?

  • Insecurities start to vanish
  • A sense of braveness and self confidence.
  • We feel closer (even when geographically apart) to friends and family.
  • A more satisfying life and sex life.
  • Adrenal glands are less stressed.
  • Digestive system improves, no digestive issues.
  • Less susceptible to unhealthy addictions.
  • Awareness of our right to exist and accept our body in the physical world
  • A feeling of a well-founded and balanced life.
  • Perseverance even under unfavorable conditions and situations.
  • Ability to accept the necessary and respond in the right way according to the situation.
  • Value people more than things/possessions.
  • Your basic needs are fulfilled, and your material basis are guaranteed.

In our next post we will be sharing some recipes that incorporate foods that are known to aid heal this chakra. Stay tuned!

First Chakra: Root Chakra [Muladhara]

 

Some chakras play a more important role for us than others. For a singer or a teacher, the fifth chakra (located in the throat) is the most developed. A soccer player makes use of the first chakra which is body oriented. Each chakra can be strengthened, we will cover that in our following posts.

The First Chakra:

The first chakra is also known as the root chakra. In Sanskrit Muladhara, mula (root) and ahrara (support or base).  The development of this chakra begins when we are conceived; meaning it’s the first part of the body that develops in humans (and mammals).  Because of this, it provides a supportive foundation for the spine and other organs to develop.

Do you feel like your family and friends have abandoned you?

Do you feel you can trust only yourself?

Do you feel like you lack support?

Do you feel like your basic survival needs are not covered or are insufficient?

If your answer is yes to one or most of these questions, it indicates your root chakra is not spinning at a balanced rate.

What is the first chakra connected to?

The first chakra is connected to the adrenal glands, the area around the coccyx, the rectum, and genitalia.

Where is the root chakra located?

It is located near the 1st and 3rd vertebrae of the spine, in the perineum. Exactly where the three vertebrae fuse in a triangle, we know it as the tailbone. In males this chakra is in the area above the perineum or inside it, whereas in females, the location is the center of the vagina and anus. See number 1 (image below).

 

What color is the root chakra?

Muladhara radiates energy in red color. This is perhaps due its location, close to the earth element. The red color shows a reflection of the earth inner surface and core. Also, red is the color of energy and determination that stimulates the limbic brain which governs our survival instincts: flight or fight response, feeding, reproduction.

The red color also denotes how connected we are to the Earth. This means, how aware are we of ourselves. The more aware of yourself you are, the more aware you become of your basic needs.

What does the root chakra symbol communicate?

The four petals of the Lotus circle signify the four nerves (Nadis) merging at the root chakra.

The square inscribed inside of the circle signify a firm foundation to support the body.

The downward triangle points towards the earth and it is the home of the Kundalini energy. It also reminds us to be grounded and connected to the Earth.

The symbol in the center “Lam” is the Bija mantra. It is the seed mantra which has the power to stimulate Earth energy and the root chakra.

 

How do we feel when our first chakra is balanced and healthy?

If our first chakra is healthy and balanced, we feel safe and secure. A dysfunctional first chakra makes us susceptible to all sorts of problems, from money worries to a bad sexual relationship.

A strong root chakra feels like you are secure, and you are strong, no matter what’s going on in life, no matter how hard. For sure, we all get scared, afraid and feel shaken from time to time, but someone who has developed deep inner strength has found what yogis say is the ability to “Remain unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds.”

Also, you feel vitality and passion for life, in your personal affairs, your work, family and friends. You thrive at satisfying your survival needs, you feel connected with core values, you are balanced in logic and emotions.

What happens if your root chakra is overactive?

Although it may sound like a good thing, an overactive chakra makes you are overconfident. This could lead to disconnection from the Earth. You could become possessive and attached to things and being psychologically and physically rigid.

What could be the causes for a root chakra imbalance?

Childhood trauma, something you are afraid of, toxic relationships, abandonment, having felt or experienced poverty.

Is it possible to experience physical or psychological problems is my root chakra is imbalanced?

When your root chakra is imbalanced you might experience addictive tendencies, overindulgence, instant gratification seeking. Also, you could experience irritation, eating disorders, depression, money obsessiveness, migraines, stubborn behavior.

At a physical level, you might experience irregular menstruation, kidney diseases, pain in the feet, hemorrhoids, colitis, prostate cancer, constipation.

Because the root chakra’s location is the pelvic area, you might experience problems with adrenal glands, bladder, kidney, lower spine, hip flexors, leg joints.

The good news is that in our next post, we will be sharing how to heal our Root Chakra. Stay tuned!

 

Chakras: Spinning wheels

What are chakras?

The word chakra comes from Sanskrit. It means “wheel of light. Chakras are energy and movement.

Prana, the breath, life; in certain major parts of our body is constantly spinning to keep us active and alive. The spinning or rotating nature of Prana made these parts of the body centers of energy (Chakras).

Chakras could also be defined as a revolving wheel of energy that propels you through life.

Although the chakras are not addressed at school, they are just as important for your health and well-being as our physical organs. The main difference is that these organs are fully part of our physical body, while energy organs – which include the chakras – are at the interface between the tangible and the spiritual reality.

Let me tell you a short story about chakras in the 90s.

Back in the 90s, when I started studying Kundalini Yoga (KY), nobody really knew or heard about Chakras. I still remember asking my teacher what the chakras were, and I also remember going to some place where some guy was going to “align” my chakras. He did something with energy, but it was far from “activating” my chakras, I didn’t know it back then, I was learning, and I was only 17 years old.

Today, the concept of Chakras is closely attached to the energy. The energy within us, which is also manifested in the whole universe.

The Universe is referred to as a system of many elements acting or fused together to function as a unit.

According to Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism, just like the Universe; our body itself is believed to be made of five core elements Water, Earth, Fire, Air, and Space.

Why are chakras important?

Chakras are important because they maintain the connection between the physical and the spiritual planes of our being.

Just as our body organs are part of your physical body, our energy organs (chakras), are the link between your inner spiritual reality and your tangible body.

A chakra affects not only the surrounding parts of the body but also a variety of emotional, mental, and spiritual processes.

The Chakras are located along the in spine; from the tail bone/coccyx to the top of the head. We will explore them one by one in future blogposts.

Chakras are gaining more and more recognition and popularity. I noticed it in social media as well as in the classes I teach. My students know or want to know about chakras and many KY series are specially designed per chakra.

Be ready for the kriyas “per chakra” sessions I am preparing!

Is Kundalini Yoga and Kundalini snake (energy) the same?

Is Kundalini Yoga and Kundalini snake (energy) the same?

The Vedic and Tantric writings, which are one of the oldest in the world, state that the Kundalini snake is curled up at the base of the spine when is asleep. It sits there, at the level of the coccyx until it is awakened. According to the Vedic and Tantric writings, the Kundalini snake is described as a pulsating light, red in color, that climbs up into our physical body.

When the Kundalini awakens, it climbs up along energy channels that are part of our energetic anatomy. Since energy is vibration and information, the Kundalini brings the energy of the body, mind, and soul in a movement.

Kundalini Yoga is a technology that allows you to experience Kundalini snake (energy) awakening.

The Kundalini energy moves initially through the energy channels that run along the spine; these channels are named Nadis. While this happens, the chakras “turn-on”, in other words, become activated.

When and while this happens, Kundalini energy passes three nodes or “Granthis” which are nodes in a canal. These nodes stored certain life lessons.

Once we have learned the lessons stored in our Granthis, the Kundalini energy can continue flowing its way.

What type of life lessons are we talking about?

It could be issues from the past which are stored in our chakras and could also form blockages there. As we allow emotions, question ideas, and face physical problems we have ignored; the Kundalini energy can continue its flow.

Where is the Kundalini energy going or flowing to?

When we work on being open to the lessons in our granthis and activate our chakras, we become aware of hidden problems and can tackle them easier.

As Kundalini eventually reaches the top of our head and penetrates the “crown chakra” we reach the state of enlightenment. This can be achieved by meditation and Kundalini Yoga practice.

7 chakras we usually know in yoga are located along the spinal cord. It’s so because the flow of energy along the spine is intensified due to the 3 main nadis Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna.

Each of the 7 chakras is represented by the lotus flower having a certain number of petals. In a chakra, the number of petals of the lotus flower shows different small Nadis (nadikas) meeting at that chakra. The vibratory sound of a particular chakra is determined by the intensity of Prana flowing through nadis forming chakra. And this sound is represented by a Sanskrit letter written on petals of a particular chakra.

Weird yoga or not? You decide

Would you be surprised to learn that lying flat on your back on the floor is a yoga pose?

Well, it is!

The common name for this pose is reclined mountain or corpse pose. Imagine that! A yoga pose that isn’t really odd looking, but the name for it is!

The Sanskrit label for this same pose is Savasana (shah-VAHS-anna) where sava is the word for “corpse.”

This is a restorative pose usually performed at the end of your yoga practice.  Check out the video and it minute 38:39 you will see how you already know and practice this comfortable posture:

Savasana

Click here to see the posture at the end of this video class in Youtube.

This is a restorative pose usually performed at the end of your yoga practice.  Check out the video and it minute 38:39 you will see how you already know and practice this comfortable posture:

Savasana

Strength and relaxation

Kundalini yoga (KY) is active and powerful.  When practiced regularly (2-3 times per week), it strengthens one’s endurance and perseverance. We have had several students reporting these positive changes.
The exercises in KY will develop strength in you and within you. It will  help you create a routine – a routine that distracts attention from the physical effort and focuses concentration on the mind.
If you continually challenge and maintain your practice, you will feel how your success creates experiences, and the sense of your own value is strengthened.

With the aid of exercise sequences, the muscles of the body are strengthened, the mobility improved, and body awareness trained. The breathing technique is also trained.
The physical exercises are completed with movement and mantra meditations, which stimulate concentration, inner stability, and tranquility.

We will explore more about mantras and meditations in our future Newsletters.

Thank you & Live Blessed!

Common Myths about Yoga and the True Facts

There are a lot of myths about yoga that can often discourage people from trying it. In this article, we will separate myth from fact so you can decide whether or not yoga will help you achieve your health and life goals.

Myth 1: Yoga іѕ spiritual, not physical

Fact: While it is true that certain yogas include meditation, that is concentration and focus, yoga is intended to be a union of body, mind and spirit. A healthy body is a healthy mind.

Myth 2: Yoga is for wimps

Fact: Yoga is a whole body workout that incorporates both aerobic activity if you do flow yoga that is, yoga movements in a sequence and strength training, such as you would do with weight lifting or using resistance bands. It is quick and effective and develops long, lean muscles, balance, flexibility and stamina in a way few other workouts can. Both men and women can get a better body in only a few short weeks if they stick to their practice.

Myth 3: Yoga is for old people-it is slow and boring

Fact: While it is true that yoga is a great workout that increases flexibility and range of motion, it can be practiced by anyone at any age level and fitness level. Young and old alike enjoy the variety of the poses. Fast workouts may burn more calories, but they can often cause muscle strain and injury. Think of slow weight lifting and you will get an idea of just how powerful yoga can be in building your best body.

Myth 4 –You will never lose weight doing Kundalini Yoga

Fact: Ever see the people carrying yoga mats? Chances are that most of them are skinny. Yoga develops long, lean muscle, which boosts your metabolism and helps you burn calories more efficiently. You will also look a lot better in your clothes. Think of the difference in volume between 1 pound of cotton balls (out of shape muscles) and 1 pound of brick well-conditioned muscles and you will get an idea of just how slim and trim you can start to look even if you never lose a pound.

But since each yoga session can burn an average of 500 to 1300 calories, a Kundalini yoga session, yoga is the perfect way to get a better body.

Now that you know the facts, do a search online for my yoga videos and courses. Get started with this great exercise that is fun, interesting, and can easily be done every day no matter where you are.

What Happens To Your Body When You Never Move?

Our culture today is experiencing a lifestyle shift unlike any other change involving generations past. As modern technology continues to skyrocket toward the future, an almost perfect negative correlation can be found in the amount of physical activity the average individual performs.

While the perils of a sedentary lifestyle are somewhat common knowledge, this article will touch on a few of some of these detriments to specific anatomical systems.

Muscular System

 A common trend you will notice as we progress in this discussion is the body’s remarkable ability to allocate resources to specific locations it deems necessary. Muscles are a direct and literally observable example of this trend.

When the muscular system is not frequently exposed to outside stresses and resistances that require muscle tissue to contract and shorten, the body notices and begins to decrease the amount of nutrients and oxygen the muscle receives.

Naturally, this leads to a reduction in overall muscle size and strength. On the contrary, if the body realizes that a muscle or group of muscles is being asked to handle an increased workout on a consistent basis, these structures will receive a greater influx of nutrients, thereby increasing in both size and force output.

Skeletal System

 Our bones are specifically designed to provide an overall framework for the body, protect vital organs, store nutrients and specific types and cells and manage the perpetual effect of gravity. When an individual’s lifestyle is devoid of adequate physical activity, the skeletal system, as with most other body systems, begins to deteriorate due to a decrease in the nourishment it receives.

The overall strength of a bone is usually described in terms of bone mineral density (BMD). Processes such as prolonged periods of inactivity and aging are marked by an increase in this parameter. Quite obviously, decreased bone mineral density is highly correlated to increase breaks and fractures, as well as reduced overall functionality an individual maintains.

The Cardiovascular System

 Your heart really is the MVP when it comes to persistence. No matter how inactive you choose to be, this organ does not follow suit. Although your heart will continue to function despite an inadequate amount of movement, it is far from immune to it.

Just a few examples of how lack of movement negatively affects the heart are a weaker, less efficient contraction, decreased oxygen uptake and obstructed flow of blood the through body. These issues force the heart to work much harder to keep you alive, which inevitably decreased the lifespan of the heart itself.

Metabolism & Bodyweight

 Probably the most obvious consequence of not moving enough is an increase in bodyweight, often times leading to obesity. Your body has a specific amount of calories it requires to maintain vital structures such as the heart, brain and liver. Whatever caloric total remaining after these systems are accounted for is allocated to provide energy towards physical activity and movement.

In a movement deficit, these leftover calories are not burned as full and must be stored somewhere in the body for a later date. As you can probably guess, one of the main storage vessels is adipose tissue or body fat. Digressing back to the effects of inactivity of muscle tissue, specifically the reduction in muscle size due to non-use, metabolism is intricately involved in this process. Lean muscle mass actually has a high demand for calories even while at rest.

The more muscle present in the body, the higher the metabolic rate becomes. To put it simply, there will actually be less of those leftover calories we previously discussed, resulting in less potential for storage in the form of fat.