As part of my yoga teacher training we are required to conduct a personal experiment on a topic of our choice. I chose to focus my experiment on the chakras because, well, they’re really freakin’ cool and there’s a ton I want to learn about them. I have decided to conduct a week-long focus on each chakra individually and include meditation as a fundamental aspect of my study. I am hoping to further my general understanding of how chakras function and potentially better my own alignment. I’ve decided it was best to start from the root and work up to the crown.. so here it goes!
I used the mantra “Lam”, which corresponds to the Muladhara chakra, for meditation and kept the color red in mind as a visual aid. I performed the Ashvini Mudra a total of 4 times to stimulate the root and eliminate apana. A series of asanas catered to the Muladhara were employed following meditation to further purify and bring awareness to the chakra. I have listed the ones I chose to use below.
Mahamudra – Seated forward fold over one straight leg with the other leg bent underneath your bum.
Manduki Mudra – Seated forward fold position with bum between heels and knees slightly wide.
Dhanurasana – Bow pose.
Paschimottanasana – Seated forward fold over both straight legs.
Shalabhasana – Locust pose.