Mula means root or source and Adhara means vital part.
It is the first chakra, located in the pelvic floor, at the root or base of the spine; the perineal and cervix area. Muladhara is associated with the organs of regeneration and the Earth element and the grounding aspects of life and our basic raw instincts of survival, as well as the urge to procreate.
If the root chakra is not balanced we can feel out of control, insecure and irresponsible. We can also lack grounding, centering, balance and stability. So we work, in yoga, on the root chakra to feel grounded through the feet and legs and pelvis with a sense of moving into stillness through forward bends that evoke the feeling of surrendering to the earth; of giving in to gravity, to surrender and release.
We will also use mula bandha, which means to hold, tighten or lock this area. If we lock and essentially lift this area we bring more pranic energy and focus here.
Our relaxation in our yoga sessions are based on the colour red, the colour associated with muladhara chakra.
For our podcasts that relate to our Muladhara Chakra, please see our Resources page.