There are seven major energy centers, or chakras.  We can think of them as swirling light of beautiful lotus flowers.  These seven centers are the link between our physical and energetic body.  Each one has a relationship to our physical body and an organ or gland, as well as particular parts of our consciousness.  Chakra translates to wheel, hence thinking of them as swirling light.

Today we’ll explore the first Chakra – at the base of the spine – Muladhara, which translates to Root.

Here is some information Sharon found during her research:

The color associated with this Chakra is red – and the essence of this chakra is about security and vitality.

Muladhara Chakra includes lessons related to the material world; our sacred Truth -All Is One; Power-Tribal; Bonding/Honor/Support;

This is our family and where we learn about loyalty, honor and justice.

Questions to ask yourself when exploring if your Muladhara Chakra is ‘balanced’:
Are you loyal?  Do you honor your commitments?  Do you believe in justice?

From my research, over the years of teaching yoga and my interest in learning more about chakras, I (Maureen) have gathered the following information about chakras.  Muladhara Chakra is associated with:
– feeling nurtured, nourished and having a sense of belonging
– the Earth element
– Adrenal glands
– large intestines, feel and legs, the bones/skeletal structure
– sense of smell
– muscle system

When the Muladhara Chakra is not functioning well or is out of balance we may feel weak, depressed, have poor self esteem or when we are focusing on pleasing people.  We can have an unfocused mind, have difficulty achieving goals and be incapable of stillness.  When it is functioning well and in balance, we demonstrate self mastery, have strong physical energy and feel grounded and healthy.

How to balance this chakra?
Yoga, of course!  Poses good for this chakra: Downward Dog, Mountain, Tree, Warrior I, Forward Bend
Aromatheraphy – lavender, sandalwood, cedar wood
Meditation – focus on the region of the chakra, envision the color red and repeat a mantra (I am well in body, mind and spirit or something that resonates with you)
Gems – Coral is a healing gem for this chakra – hold it in your hand as you meditate or find a piece of jewelry to wear
– Crystal – Ruby
Deity – Ganesha – the remover of obstacles – find a Ganesha chant to listen to or to chant along with or a mantra that includes Ganesha

We’ll continue each week until we get through the seven main chakras and will provide information to help you pay more attention to your ‘subtle’/energetic body.  There are some wonderful books and authors who are experts on the subject.  We are providing a base of information and if you want to delve further:

Caroline Myss – author of Anatomy of a Spirit; Caroline also has a fantastic CD
Anodea Judith – author of Wheels of Life


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