Looking around for something spinal, red, root, earthy, or smelly, I thought of Barbie. Fluffy Pumpkin, our cat, dragged her out from under the bathtub and played attack yesterday.
It’s coming into focus. What is the symbol in the center? What will it be when the glue dries and I rework it, again?
Muladhara, the root chakra, is the foundation of your whole energy system. It’s associated with the earth element, and earthy things, such as your body, your health, your survival.
“Your Root Chakra is primarily associated with your survival and your instincts—in other words, it represents your will to survive.”
(Planet of the Apes figure courtesy of Tyler Smith)
I won a book in a Twitter giveaway! Thanks to It’s All Yoga Baby and Rodmell Press, I have a copy of Sparks of Divinity, a book of B.K.S. Iyengar’s teachings from 1959 to 1975. Since this is a muladhara project, I turned straight to the index, just after reading the forward. No muladhara, but root was indexed. “Correct from the root,” he said. In other words, don’t start trying to open the third eye first. Start from the base. In poses, start with the feet.
In the Tree of Yoga, one of my favorite books, he says, “When you grow a plant you first dig the earth, remove the stones and weeds, and make the ground soft. Then you put the seed into the ground and surround it with the soft earth very carefully; so when the seed opens, it will not be damanged by the weight of the earth. Finally you water the seed a little and wait for it to germinate and grow. After one or two days, the seed opens into a seedling and a stem grows from it. Then the stem splits into two branches and produces leaves. It steadily grows into a trunk and produces branches in various directions with many leaves.”
Also in the Tree of Yoga, he says the yamas, or abstentions, are the roots of the tree.
So much to learn.
Starting a new photo a day project based around the chakras. Because Ganesh is associated with muladhara, the first chakra, I’m starting with a photo of Ganesh on my altar. The idea is to explore the chakras and visualize aspects of them. I may or may not stick with muladhara all year.