Foundation

 
 
Muladhara is at the root of the chakra system and it’s influences are at the root of our whole existence. The impulses of life rise through the body and flower as the widest expansion of our awareness in the area known as sahasrara.
— Swami Satyananda Saraswati
 
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Muladhara

Sanskrit – Muladhara aka “root chakra”

Element – Earth

Location – Pelvic floor, (male - perineum, female - posterior side of cervix)

Karmendriya (action organ) – anus

Jnanendriya (sense organ) – nose

Tanmatra (sense) - smell

Yantra – golden square

Lotus – four petalled red lotus

Mantra – lam (pronounced lum)

God/Goddess – Ganesha/Savitri

Associations – stability, safety, basic needs met (shelter, food, money), trust, grounding, feeling of belonging

Blockages – lack of boundaries, eating disorders, insomnia, constantly in fight or flight, PTSD

 
 

Intro to Muladhara

In tantra, muladhara is the seat of kundalini shakti, our dormant potential for evolution of consciousness. Kundalini is represented as a snake coiled three and a half times around a lingam at the base of the spine. Three represents the three gunas, or the three modes of being (tamas - ignorance, rajas - passion, sattwa - purity); the half represents transcendence. The three main nadis (energetic channels) originate at muladhara.

Mula means “root”, muladhara holds the foundation of our subtle system. In addressing muladhara, we look at our foundation of health and happiness — material support, stability, and a sense of belonging in the world. We develop gratitude in understanding what our basic needs are and how they are met.

Ganesha (the elephant deity) is associated with muladhara chakra. Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles. Which obstacles are you facing this week? Explore leaning into these obstacles, rather than avoiding them. As obstacles arise, bring in the energy of Ganesha and ask yourself “what can I learn?”. Obstacles are not always walls, they can be pathways to the parts of ourselves that can grow more. Oftentimes, we learn more from challenges than from success!

 

Practice

This immersion is intended to be done for at least 5 days or in-depth up to 30 days. Do the video practice, followed by the guided meditation, then choose one of the Free Writes below. The mantra meditation can be done seated or lying down at any time.

I. Video practice

Mulabandha and ashwini mudra to awaken the pelvic floor, and bring energy to the root chakra.

II. Muladhara Meditation

Connect with and explore the root chakra and its properties.

III. Ganesha Mantra

Clears obstacles related to the root chakra. You can repeat the mantra aloud or internally.

Mantra “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha”

Om Gum Guh-nuh-pa-ta-yeh Nuh-muh-ha

I honor the remover of obstacles and the awakening of transformation within me

 

Meditations

 

Free Writes

Set a timer for 10 minutes. Try to write continuously without stopping, editing, or analyzing.

1. What are you basic needs in this moment? How many of these can be met today?

2. Are there any traumas or blockages that you have with muladhara? Where did these originate? How do they manifest today?

3. Who is someone that makes you feel extremely grounded? What qualities do they possess?

4. Write about someplace that connects you to the earth element. Describe it with as much detail as possible. Is there somewhere you can explore this week?

5. What are you grateful for today?