The chakras are those great psychoenergetic centres distributed throughout the subtle body of the Self. We are told that the base animal chakras are to be found along the length of the legs
and are those centres where our lower animal aspects are to be found - instinctive
reactions to sensations and conditions we encounter in our lives, such as insecurity and jealousy.
Muladhara chakra is the lowest of the seven principle chakras which are to be found in positions corresponding
to our physical spine and head. Muladhara is said to be found at the base of
the body, the perineum in men, the cervix in women, and is that point where Kundalini is also said to be found sleeping prior
to awakening. As such it represents that point where as individuals we move from
a purely animalistic existence to that where we become aware of our humanity, and our ability to control the lower emotions,
compulsions and addictions which previously might have governed our lives.
In traditional teaching Muladhara is described as being encircled with a four petaled lotus red or
crimson flower. Red is the lowest colour seen by the human eye in the colour
spectrum, and reminds us of that move from unconsciousness to consciousness. The
bija-mantra, or seed syllable, is `lam`, the earth sound. The animal associated
with this centre is the elephant, a symbol of great physical strength and power.
In the centre of the lotus is a downward pointing triangle, called the `kama-rupa` (desire formed)
which may be seen as the abode of the feminine force. Within the triangle is
an upward pointing golden phallus or `linga`, the symbol of Shiva, the masculine force.
Around the phallus is coiled the serpent Kundalini, blocking the way into sushumna nadi.
Contemplation on this chakra is said to give paranormal powers.
More importantly for us, it reminds us of our connection with the earth, our potential power and vitality, and the
start of the road to enlightenment.
In your yoga asana practise focus on feelings of rootedness through the feet and legs in the standing
postures, and of strength and support throughout the body. Feel strength and stability without `dead` heaviness.
c. Derek Osborn