How To Awaken The Muladhara Chakra
Muladhara chakra, or the root plexus chakra, is the first chakra and can be activated through several mudras, asanas, mantras, and visualizations. The Muladhara chakra is the easiest of all the chakras to activate and even more so through meditation. This blog will talk about the various asanas used to awaken the muladhara chakra.
Nasikagra Drishti or Nose Tip Gazing
The Muladhara chakra is related to the earth element, representing the sense of smell. Nasikagra Drishti or Agochari Mudra can be done in any comfortable sitting posture. One needs to keep the spine straight with palms on the knee to do this.
With that done, the person should then gaze at the tip of the nose for a few seconds while taking normal breaths. If discomfort is felt in the eye muscles or the gaze seems too intense to manage, the person should release it.
The same practice should be tried repeatedly over a period of time so that the period of gaze can be increased. Once the gaze has been mastered, try holding your breath for shorter durations and then practice for longer durations.
Nasikagra Drishti, in addition to awakening the Muladhara chakra, also helps improve concentration.
Mula Bandha or Root Lock
Mula Bandha or root lock position is a hatha yoga method that also helps awaken the Muladhara Chakra. One critical aspect of effective mula bandha yoga is knowing the location of the muladhara chakra. For easy reference, the chakra is located in the perineum for males (in between the anus and the genitals), and in females, it is located near the opening of the cervix.
To do the mula bandha yoga, one must sit in the siddhasana or any meditative post like Padmasana or Sukhasana. Once done, the person should inhale and exhale so that their chakra location becomes a part of the movement.
The breath and position should be held as long as possible. It may seem uncomfortable initially, but try to practice and prolong the duration for as long as possible. The person can also couple this with Jalandhara Bandha or the chin lock.
The other way is to rhythmically contract and release the perineum (or cervix in females) withholding of breath. Practice this for a few minutes. This can also be done when you are relaxed and sitting on a chair.
Breathing through the Chakra
Another way how to awaken the muladhara chakra is to breathe through it. To do this, one can sit in any meditative pose with an erect spine. The breath has to be normal. The focus has to be on the chakra’s location. Once the focus has been established, the person should take a slow and deep breath and imaging that the breath it passing through the Muladhar chakra. Continue doing this for the next five to ten minutes. Repeat this process daily till you start feeling the effect of an opened muladhara chakra. Also look how essential oils can be used to balance your Chakra.
Seed Mantra Chanting and Concentrating on Chakra
Having discussed all of this, the last one in the lot is to concentrate on the location of the chakra and chant the seed syllable mantra of the muladhara chakra i.e. Lam. To do this, one should sit in a comfortable meditative posture with an erect spine. The chant has to be done mentally, very slowly and with full awareness. The person should continue chanting the bija mantra. Start with 5 minutes first and then it should be an endeavour to reach one hour of so of continuous practice.
So folks, there were some of the standard methods that one can use to awaken the Muladhara Chakra. There can be many other methods too. These methods may vary according to traditional and lineage and may include use of mantras, sound frequencies, hand mudras and other Hatha yoga and meditative practices. Select the methods that suite you the most.