Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Working on the Root Chakra for Physical Well Being

The chakras in our bodies are energy centres. Being thus, each chakra vibrates or rotates at a different speed. The root or first chakra rotates at the slowest speed, the crown or seventh chakra at the highest speed.
The Root Chakra begins its development during the ages 0-7 years.  Any verbal, mental, physical abuse or lack of security during these years will leave a negative imprint in this Root Chakra. The endocrine gland associated with this chakra is the adrenals. When this chakra is balanced we feel grounded and balanced.  Imbalanced root chakra leads to eating disorders, smoking, drug-taking, drinking too much alcohol, low back pain, lupus, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disorders, AIDS, cancer, allergies, haemorrhoids, constipation and sciatica.  Depression may result from a dislike of your own body. Prosperity issues stem from the Root Chakra. Emotional signs of imbalance can be addictions, crisis of creativity, sexual listlessness and lack of vitality. Problems like obesity, anorexia nervosa, and knee troubles can occur.  An unbalanced root chakra is associated with not having a strong sense of personal identity or purpose in life. If this chakra is underactive there will be frigidity for women and impotence for men. The person will lose interest in being active. On the other hand, if this chakra is overactive, one will become addicted to sex and its pleasures in an abnormal way.
The best way to awaken this chakra is dance. House cleaning and cooking is also grounding. Hug a tree, take care of your plants. The mudra to balance this chakra is Gyan mudra-tips of your index finger and thumb should touch.
Kapalabhati is one of the rapid breathing exercises that stimulate your root chakra. This is how it is performed: Sit in a cross legged position. Gently exhale all of the air from the lungs then inhale. Exhale sharply through your nose, pulling the lower stomach muscles back as you do so. Continue to pump out your exhale breath using your stomach muscles for 20 breaths. The inhale should be an automatic reflex and you should only really be focusing on the exhalation alone. Begin slowly, aiming for 65-70 strokes per minute. Gradually quicken the pace you can go up to 95-105 exhalation/inhalation cycles per minute. Do this your own pace and stop if you feel faint or dizzy.
After one minute of the exercise, inhale deeply through the nostrils, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Depending on your experience level, you may repeat this pranayama. Focus on your lower belly and your exhalations throughout the practice. Do not contract your abdomen when you inhale. Keep your spine erect and shoulders still throughout the practice.
The asana you perform for balancing the root chakra is the Virabhadrasana 1 (warrior), Garudasana (eagle pose), Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Posture), Shalabhasana and Janu Shirshasana.


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