Friday, 14 October 2011

Sequence of yoga asanas(postures) for Muladhara Chakra (Root Chakra)


Centered at the perineum and the base of the spine and called Muladhara Chakra (Root Chakra), this energy vortex is involved in tending to our survival needs, establishing a healthy sense of groundedness, taking good basic care of the body, and purging the body of wastes.Muladhara Chakra is associated with the element earth, representing physical and emotional grounding, and with the color red, which has a slower vibration than the colors that symbolize the other chakras.
Circumstances that pull up our roots and cause a first chakra deficiency include traveling, relocation, feeling fearful, and big changes in our body, family, finances, and business. Some people, often those with busy minds and active imaginations, don't need special challenges to become deficient in this chakra; they feel ungrounded most of the time, living more in the head than in the body. 
The associated body parts include the base of the spine, the legs, feet, and the large intestine.There are many yoga poses that correct first chakra imbalances, bringing us back to our body and the earth and helping us experience safety, security, and stillness. Muladhara Chakra is associated with the element earth, representing physical and emotional grounding
 Asana sequence for balancing your first chakra, Muladhara chakra; 
Begin with focusing on your feet - roll a tennis ball underneath one foot and then the other, pressing into it to help awaken the soles (a mini acupressure treatment) and open the "doors" of the feet. To stimulate the toes and encourage them to spread for standing poses;- sit cross-legged and lace your fingers in between your toes, reaching from the sole to the top of the foot. Then  knee down and curl your  toes under, and sit on them for a minute. Following these warm-ups, do an hour of calf openers, hamstring stretches, and standing poses to help you open and strengthen your lower body and root your attention downward. Slowly stretch and open the fronts and backs of your legs in: 
Tadasana(Mountain Pose),Ardha Uttanasana (Half Forward Bend),
Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend),
Ardha Mandalasana (Lunge Pose),Trikonasana(Triangle Pose),
Utthita Parsvakonasana(Extended Side Angle pose),Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I) Virabhadrasana II((Warrior II),Parsvottanasana(Pyramid Pose),
Prasarita Padottasana(Standing Straddle Forward Bend),
Janu Sirsasana(Head-to-Knee Pose), Paschimotanasana(Seated forward bend), Dandasana (Staff pose). After these asanas you will receive some of the gifts of the first chakra: calmness, patience, and a willingness to slow down and stay in one place. End your session with peaceful restorative poses like, Supta Baddha Konasana (Goddess pose), Salamba Savasana (Supported Corpse Pose), Salamba Balasana (Supported Child's Pose)and Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose), all of which settle an overactive mind and encourage us to surrender to gravity. 

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