Today is day 3 of the Balance Challenge and so far I have been mindful of my body and my physical practice. Today I am listening to what my body needs, and that is rest. I fear I am catching a cold so I am taking it easy and doing a few restorative asanas today. Although it is hard to allow myself to slow down, I know that is what my body desires.
Yesterday, I identified the 5 asana (see below) that will be the focus of my first week. The asana all strongly activate and balance the Muladhara (Root) Chakra. The Balance Challenge I have created is based mostly on my fear of the future and feeling of not being grounded. Asanas that activate the Muladhara Chakra help to stabilize you.
The Muladhara Chakra is located at the base of the body and when it is out of sync there are issues with fear and survival. When balanced there is a feeling of being grounded and safe.
1. Tadasana (Mountain Pose) Benefits: feeling of deep connection to the earth; teaches basic alignment for poses; improves overall posture.
2. Deviasana (Goddess Pose) Benefits: builds personal power; improves circulation to the legs and abdominal organs; strengthens knees and ankles.
3. Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose) Benefits: builds trust; gives strength to surrender to true self from inner power; invigorates the heart, thyroid, and brain.
4. Supta Padangusthasana (Supine Hand to Toe Pose) Benefits: releases tension from the center of your being; stretches and strengthens the thighs, hips, groins, hamstrings, calves and knees.
5. Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Butterfly Pose) Benefits: opens to trust and patience; hip joints release tension; good for digestion.
In addition to asana in order to balance the Muladhara Chakra there are certain foods that help to anchor the body. Protein (meats), root vegetables, and red fruits such as apples and pomegranates are the foods of the First Chakra. I am not a fan of meat, but I’ll try some heavier foods this week to cultivate the support needed to stabilize the Muladhara Chakra.