Module 2: MULADHARA Chakra
“You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are.”
You have the right to be here.
To fully occupy your body and live the life you dream of.
You have the right to get any and everything you need to support this anytime.
Now that we’ve covered the basics of BKH, it’s time to journey deeper into the path of yoga. The rest of the modules are structured around our energy or “subtle body” made up of the charka system and thousands of “nadis” or energy channels. We will also explore the other limbs of yoga within each module as well.
Our first main energy center is located at the very base of the spine corresponding to the feet, legs and the perineum. The hands are both root and heart chakra areas and the nose is associated with this center because the sense function of chakra one is smell. Chakra one is our foundation, our “root support” which is the literal translation of muladhara.
This is arguably THE most important chakra and often the one people spend the least amount of time on. In spiritual circles, the yoga world, and the new age movement there’s often a great deal of talk and attention given to the upper chakras such as the heart and third eye centers. Indeed these are vital, but those centers are not able to function optimally if we’re not balanced here at the base.
I call muladhara “the body image chakra.” Just as a tree needs strong roots to grow tall and weather storms, we need to be grounded into the body so we can move upwards effectively to higher vibrational living. We cannot be grounded if we are at war with the body. Period. Grounding means feeling present, safe and supported. It means feeling strong, centered and self-assured.
It makes perfect sense that the element of the first chakra is earth. We ARE earth. Our bodies are made up of the same material as the earth and her other living forms. You matter because you ARE matter. Chakra one represents the physical identity and how we interface with the physical realm we’re undeniably a part of. Our capacity for peace and self-empowerment is directly related to our ability to accept being an embodied soul and to identify with and meet our bodies needs. These are the areas chakra one governs. Issues in these areas speak to a need for some root chakra attention:
body/physical health & body image
boundaries & structure
family & other significant relationships
home & environment
finances & work/career
security, trust, worthiness
Isn’t it interesting that we habitually deny our bodies and the messages they send us? That our culture values this abandonment of body through the “no pain, no gain ” mentality, the devaluation of rest, constant distraction, etc.
The orientation of muladhara is self-preservation. The primary purpose here is survival so the soul can have it’s evolutionary experience. We are not, however meant to stay focused on this function alone. It’s quite easy to get stuck here as evidenced by our obsession with our bodies and food both collectively and individually.
It’s through the Gift Of Embodiment that the soul can serve the highest consciousness fully as the second quote above speaks to. We need this sacred vessel to live our Divine Dharma a.k.a. “cosmic purpose,” life purpose, our dream, calling, etc. We need to be grounded in the body, feeling fully through the 5 senses, nurturing it with love and compassion to be able to manifest what we truly want. The desires we have to move beyond merely existing is the soul expressing it’s natural state of infinite expansiveness, infinite potential.
When this center is imbalanced we feel unsupported. We struggle with structure and healthy boundaries yet we become “control freaks.” When we try to control life, the less of a positive influence we have on it. Control is a natural response to the core emotion of fear.
“Everything that is not love is fear.”
-Yogi Amrit Desai