A Journey of Chakras
Chakra One - Muladhara
Colours make our life and connect close to our emotions. How do you see colours:
Lots of questions, I know… But it’s when you reflect and ask these questions that you begin to understand yourself and the power of colour.
In my personal life, I went from wearing bright colours for years to wearing just black, white and grey. This transition was unconscious responding to my work in the banking environment. My mood became sombre and subdued. When I become ill due to stress and took some time off to reflect, I noticed that the clothes were in dark colours, black and white, life had become dull and morbid. I become a peg in the wheel of depressed world of finances, where one earned a lot of money, but lost the essence of life.
The whole life became buying expensive bags, clothes, eating and drinking in expensive bars. Life was imbalanced.
My body was in crisis, suffering from stress and lack of colour.
I began to make changes by retraining as a therapist, started introducing colour gradually. In the finance world that was seen as being a rebel and operating/thinking outside of the oppressive culture.
It quickly became evident, I needed to find another profession, to allow me to operate as a human being, who liked colour.
The journey to become a therapist and re-introduce colour started the journey to where I am now.
I didn’t know anything about Chakra, the Chakra colours, and Kundalini Yoga.
Attending the first Kundalini Yoga Class left me with a profoundly positive experience and so the journey started with a daily practice.
The daily practice enabled me to become grounded and understand much better the benefit of introducing colour in daily life.
The colour Yellow reminds of sun, it’s about energy, intellect, spring, action, joy, optimist hope, summer, and imagination. Yellow opens the mind to imagine the impossible.
‘Psychologists recommend it as a colour of confidence, one that helps overcome shyness’.
The warmth of yellow is not one that can be carried by everyone, it is a colour of extreme, producing both negative and positive effects. Yellow is both autumn and spring.
Turmeric is traditionally used for disorders of the skin, upper respiratory tract, joints, and digestive system. Today, turmeric is promoted as a dietary supplement for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, digestive disorders, respiratory infections, allergies, liver disease, depression, and much more.
In Kundalini Yoga, the symbolism of chakras is connected to colours, shapes and animals.
The Root chakra, the foundation is about stabilizing the energy and connecting to earth, establishing our root, and creating foundation for our life. The earth is the densest of all the element, it’s a mixture of the four elements: water, fire, and akasha.
Root Chakra – Muladhara (Foundation)
The First chakra:
When you need to feel secure and grounded the colours yellow/ brick red and will assist to promote a sense of being grounded.
This mudra meditation will help develop strength in the body, stability and intellectual power.
KALI MUDRA - Black Goddess Gesture
Kali represents the energy of intuitive wisdom. The Sanskrit word kala means 'time' or 'darkness' - Kali helps to remove darkness from your mind. Although her form appears fierce, it is filled with symbolism. Her garland of 50 human heads represents the 50 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet and infinite knowledge. Her skirt of human arms signifies liberation from karma, the consequences of past actions.
Practising Kali Mudra activates and balances the energy of your muladhara chakra, and regular grounding in this way improves your general energy levels, as well as your wellbeing, security, courage and inner strength.
HOW TO PRACTISE
Come to a sitting position or stand up. With both hands in front of your chest, interlace your index, middle and little fingers, making sure that the right little finger is on the outside. Extend and join both ring fingers so they point straight up. Cross your left thumb over your right. Raise your elbows until your forearms are parallel to the ground. Hold for as long as feels comfortable; repeat as required.
HOW IT WORKS
By interlinking fingers and thumbs, each element supports the strengthening of the earth energy in your upward-directed ring fingers. This leads to an experience of grounded-ness and security and makes you more open to intuitive wisdom
Accompanying exercise: standing, bring your hands into kali mudra. Step your feet wide apart and rotate them outward at a 45-degree angle. Bend your knees and squat down as far as you can, keeping your back straight and tailbone tucked under. Hold the pose for 30 seconds. Gradually build up to 3 minutes.
Next month we will continue the Journey through chakras and the colours.
Swadhistana (sacral) is the second chakra.
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