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.