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Lesson 156 -
Muladhara/Root and Integration of Practices (Audio)
Date: Tue Apr 6, 2004 1:00pm
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Q: I am very interested in stimulating the muladhara (root chakra)
physically. It is a main focus in my yoga. Can you tell me how the practices
will do that?
A: Stimulating the muladhara/root at the perineum is important, but not to
the exclusion of everything else. The objective is to activate the root
while tying it in with the spiritual awakening of the entire nervous system.
In the lessons we use two primary physical methods for physical stimulation
of the root - mulabandha/asvini (compression of the anal sphincter) and
siddhasana (sitting on the heel). But there is much more to stimulating the
root than physical action.
A very important method is the one that ties the muladhara up into the
entire nervous system energetically -- spinal breathing, which involves
breath with attention cycling between the third eye and root. Deep
meditation also does this integration of everything "globally" in the
nervous system by bringing the mind and body to divine stillness.
With samyama, there can be some bouncing also while using the "lightness"
technique. It comes from inside, a mental technique only, and the root gets
bumped during spontaneous hopping. But focus on muladhara is the last thing
in mind while this is happening, because the whole body is filling with
light and wanting to lift up.
It can be a distraction putting too much attention on the muladhara. It is
part of a much greater whole, and we should not become too fixated on it. I
suggest you let the muladhara fit in naturally as part of the whole of
practices. Allow yourself to go beyond muladhara, higher, through the
methods of body, mind and breath. Some letting go in the lower center(s)
will not hurt. Then you will be free to do more work higher up in the body.
For example, have you tried the "chin pump?" It is a physical method that is
very profound, and is covered here in the lessons. It is done high in the
body, and ties the muladhara/root in with the illumination of the heart,
throat, and head.
Let me add that it is possible to address just about everything physically
necessary in the muladhara by sitting in siddhasana during practices while
the attention goes to all the other methods higher up. In this sense, using
siddhasana to stimulate muladhara is a "no-brainer." Once siddhasana is
mastered, then everything (spinal breathing, meditation, mulabandha,
sambhavi, kechari, nauli, chin pump, kumbhaka, samyama, etc.) can be done
without attention being distracted. "Mastered" means able to stay in
siddhasana with constant stimulation with attention not stuck on muladhara,
and free to do all the other practices. It is not difficult to develop the
habit, because siddhasana requires no effort to stay in once established.
That is the best situation - stimulation at the muladhara with attention
completely free to do all the other practices that open the entire nervous
Muladhara is the essential beginning of kundalini awakening, but it is not
the end. Just as the basement is the essential beginning of a tall building,
but the best views are definitely higher up. It is common sense, yes?
It is in the integration of a range of practices covering the whole nervous
system where huge power is found in yoga. Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga
support this view. Any one or two practices done to the exclusion of the
others is not the most effective yoga. I suggest you avoid the trap of being
stuck on one or two aspects of your nervous system. It takes integrated
practices to coax the nervous system to purify and open fully. If this were
not so, we would be seeing many more enlightened people in the world today.
It is time for a change to more integrated systems of practice, which means
balanced consideration of our nervous system and the methods for stimulating
it to purify and open.
The guru is in you.
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