If you are familiar with the chakra system, you know that these energy vortexes refer to how energy circulates throughout the body. When your 7 chakras are properly balanced, a person experiences optimal physical and spiritual health. A chakra system that is of balance can cause a person to suffer from an abnormal heart rate, poor metabolism, erratic thoughts and behaviors, not to mention a wide range of physical ailments including addictions.
Christina Sarich takes a look at the primary or root chakra, the Mooladhara Chakra, in this latest Yoga Forums post. According to Sarich, releasing the energy found in the Mooladhara Chakra is imperative to a person’s well being. It is especially important to work with this chakra when choosing a more enlightened life path.
Sarich presents two exercises to purify the Mooladhara Chakra:
For now, we will begin with the kriyas (purifying actions):
Moola Bandha (perineal contraction) – and Moola Bandha with breath retention – Moola Bandha is one of the first energetic locks we learn to practice. Yoga Journal recently described the bandha as such, “On a physical level, mula bandha consists of a contraction, a muscular lifting-up in the floor of the pelvis. Although the pelvis itself is primarily a bony structure supported with ligaments, the pelvic floor consists of muscle fibers and fascia (connective tissue). These tissues intersect and overlap in complex ways; for our purposes, we can divide the pelvic floor into three muscular levels, each of which can be sensed and moved separately.” Iyengar defines it more simply, “a posture where the body from the anus to the navel is contracted and lifted up toward the spine.” It is not an easy practice to do on the first try. Most of us only have awareness of these muscles when eliminating, if we have awareness at all. There are some great diagrams of human anatomy online which will show you the exact point to focus on when beginning a contraction. With practice, as with all kriyas, this will be refined.
Nasikagra Drishti (nose tip gazing) – the tip of the nose is directly connected to awakening the root chakra. This practice is also known as “Agochari Mudra”. It is an auspicious form of Tratak (concentrated gazing). Early practice can cause a headache if you practice to earnestly or too long, so begin in a comfortable seated position and only try thiry second intervals when you begin. You will feel as if you are going cross-eyed, but ideally, your gaze should become softened as you gaze toward the nose tip.
Read more from Sarich on your chakras, specifically the Mooladhara Chakra here.