Personal Experiment on the Chakras

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!

Muladhara Chakra
Mula = Root , Adhara = Foundation
Located at the base of the tailbone is the root chakra, Muladhara. It’s essentially the essence of who you are at the most fundamental level of your being. It’s associated with ambition, security and physical identity, therefore leaving one feeling fatigued, depressed, or self-centered when out of balance. The bridge between animal and human levels of consciousness is rooted in the Muladhara. This chakra is the root of our spiritual development and it’s strength determines how we consciously express ourselves in life. Vitality is expressed through the red color it is associated with and elimination is it’s key feature. Earth is the element and smell is the sense aligned with the Muladhara chakra.

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.

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