Root Chakra (Muladhara)
One chakra a month for 7 months
(Guess how many chakras there are?)
I’ve studied the Chakra system for years and yet, what I have retained you could fit into a thimble. You know me, you know my memory. So, I am determined to re-study, re-pay closer attention, and reapply what I learn during our yoga classes by referencing how certain asanas help ground the root chakra. (my gawd, how “new age” do I sound?) I have books on Chakras, there are mountains of info on the internet, I have at least one very very learned student who is very learned regarding the 7 Chakra system (and many other systems) and I do know just a lil sumpthin’. With all that at my fingertips I’m very pleased with myself that I thought of setting out a structured way to study and share for these first seven months of the year.
First lesson: Chakra – Traditional Sanskrit pronunciation is
a hard “ch” not “sh.” Thank you, Dr. S
Root Chakra perfect study for January. It is all about survival and fear…well, for me it is. The root chakra is at the root of the body. Fear has always been my “thang.” Well, not so much any more but for many years I was fearful of “a lack.” It was my big challenge. I didn’t feel connected to anything. I didn’t belong anywhere and there was never enough of anything, ever. Even when I had enough, I didn’t. Don’t ask me why I’m not a heroine addict…probably only because it’s one of the few drugs I never tried…I’m not stoo-pud.
It’s my belief that the energy of the body starts to develop in utero and if I’m right about that then my fear started waaaay back when I did. It makes sense that in 1950 a 16 year old unmarried girl would be fearful of being pregnant. Dammit, now you know how old I am.
So. This month I’m encouraging students (and friends and family) to join me in taking steps to feel safe, secure, and connected. I’ve already seen two movies about courage; Wild starring Reese Witherspoon and Unbroken Directed by Angelina Jolie. I thoroughly enjoyed them both. My first step this month to make myself feel safer (okay, don’t laugh) I figured out how to open the hood of my Prius (named Pearl) and I located my gallon of windshield fluid and the place where you pour it in…and poured it in. Voila, clean windshield, clear vision, safety. Don’t just sit there laughing at me…go do something to make yourself safer, more connected, less fearful, stronger.
Oh yeah, AND I’m joining Prairie Life Fitness, too. It’s too cold today…I’ll join tomorrow. I visited, I liked, I bought workout pants, I’m going. I’ll be stronger. That will make me feel safer. Right now if I was attacked I’d be a goner. My weak upper body couldn’t fight back very hard and I couldn’t run very far or very fast. Don’t tell any attackers about that, okay? I’ll be ready by the time we get to the third chakra.