A Breathing Practice To Help Ground Your Root Chakra, by Leigh Tremaine


MBG  |  Pranayama is a powerful, focused breathing technique that directs our energy flow for healing and self-realization. In the book Infinite Mind: Science of the Human Vibrations of Consciousness, Dr. Valerie Hunt conducted an important study in directing the flow of energy within the subtle body.

By studying the human biofield, she found that people who lacked vitality or felt ungrounded, were often missing a certain frequency of energy associated with the same frequency as the Root Chakra (Muladhara).

Ungrounded states, where we do not necessarily feel within our body, lack physical vitality and represent an imbalance in our energy spectrum. If our Root Chakra energy is low, we may not be drawing enough energy from the Earth. This can often cause forms of disassociation or numbness.

Hypo states such as hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia and hypotension, as well as weakness, fatigue, depression, and general under-functioning of the body, may be an indication that the body has insufficient subtle energy in the grounding realm.

Using Pranayama For Grounding + Vitality

While pranayama is often thought of as breath-work, it is also about energy attunement, energy breathing, and energy direction. What we are intending is to draw in energy to replace the missing frequency in the biofield. In this case of being ungrounded, the color red (also associated with the Root Chakra) is missing from the spectrum of the energy biofield.

The Practice

Find a place where you will not be disturbed and adopt either a seated or standing position, preferably with the soles of your feet on the ground. Barefoot in nature is good, though not necessary. Mountain Pose (Tadasana) is great for this, provided you do not suffer from low blood pressure or any condition that limits you from standing for long periods of time.

Set your intention for the practice, which is to become more grounded, and center yourself by relaxing, turning inward to your inner stillness, and placing your attention on your breath. You can also use the practice of ujjayi breath for deeper focus, and to generate a bit of heat. Spend a few moments following your breath, inhaling through your nose, allowing your breath to expand your lungs, ribcage, and belly before exhaling through your nose.

Continue with the breathing and use the following visualization technique.

Imagine roots spreading down from the soles of your feet to the center of the Earth, anchoring you to the ground.

As you inhale, imagine that you are inhaling red vital energy from the Earth, up your roots, and up through the soles of your feet. Continue to breathe this red energy upward through your legs and into your pelvic floor and the spinning, rich red vortex of your Root Chakra where you sense the energy being absorbed and distributed to your body. Hold your breath for a brief natural pause on the end of the exhale if you wish.

Exhale from the Root Chakra down your legs, through your feet, and down your roots to the center of the Earth.

Repeat this several times, focusing on how grounded your legs and hips feel with the energy flow. Feel the stimulating effects on your body.

Optional exercise: Breathe the red Earth energy even further up the body and into the remaining chakras. You can also breathe into any areas associated with hypo-functioning, feeling the stimulating effects of the red Earth energy upon it. Exhale back down to the center of the Earth and repeat for a few cycles of breath.

If you have a medical condition, be sure to contact your healthcare provider before beginning a pranayama practice.

Yoga ~ Vinyasa Flow ~ Detoxifying Sequence (60 mins.)

One of Blisstree.com’s all-time favorite workouts!

Yoga is a very relaxing and detoxifying process that you make you feel your best. When you detox the right way it can be the most rewarding experience ever, are you detoxing the right way?

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that denotes a variety of schools, practices, and schools of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Yoga has dated back pre-Vedic Indian tradition, but it most likely developed around the 5th and 6th centuries. Yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise in the 1980’s.

Yoga physiology describes humans as 3 bodies (physical, subtle, and causal) and 5 sheets (food sheet, pranabreath, mind sheet, intellect and bliss) which covers the energy flowing through the energy channels and concentrated chakras.

This video lasts about one hour and consists of the vinyasa flow that focuses on twists that detoxifies the body and clears anything that is not useful to the body. The video starts with two rounds of kapalbhati which translates to the breath of fire.  So, start this video and begin your detoxification process.

Introducing Reiki Grandmaster Joseph Mata

From our New York City Halau ... Reiki Grandmaster Joseph Mata, 8th Dan, Usui System of Natural Healing.  Joseph is also an Initiate of the A&O Order of Melchizedek.  He teaches high school Mathematics, is a Certified Yoga Master, a Qi Gong master and a martial artist.  With Grandmaster Enriquez, he runs MTheory101 in NYC.
From our New York City Halau … Reiki Grandmaster Joseph Mata, 8th Dan, Usui System of Natural Healing. Joseph is also an Initiate of the A&O Order of Melchizedek. He teaches high school Mathematics, is a Certified Yoga Master, a Qi Gong master and a martial artist. With Grandmaster Enriquez, he runs MTheory101 in NYC.

The Morality of Yoga

meditate riverWhile in yoga the yamas deal with what we observe of ourselves in society, the niyamas deal with personal observances.  The first of these is saucha, translated as ‘cleanliness’, although the western understanding of this word doesn’t give one the whole picture. When we think of being clean, we probably think of taking a shower and putting on fresh clothes. Although personal hygiene is important, saucha also refers to the cleanliness of our surroundings and the energy with which we interact with the world. As with everything in yoga, there is an inner and an outer dimension to our understanding.

Saucha can refer to the order in which you keep your house, how often you brush your teeth or go for a jog and the food you put into your body. If your immediate environment is a mess, it is very difficult to cultivate the clear, compassionate thinking that allows you to see the world as it is and appreciate the moment you are in. Likewise, if you don’t take care of yourself physically it is very difficult to feel comfortable in your body. Being unhygienic, not getting enough exercise and eating badly contribute to negative emotional states. Yoga teaches us that is it necessary to take care of the grosser, outer manifestations of our spirit before we can reasonably expect to deal with our more subtle inner world.

As we become aware of the grosser aspects of our existence and their effect on our psyche, and we begin to take care of them, we naturally start to become aware of the more subtle aspects of ourselves. We might become aware that our friend’s boisterous social behavior is simply a coping mechanism designed to offset her nervousness, or we might ask why we feel so drained and slimy after we talk to some people. Awareness of this sort is awareness of the energetic exchanges between ourselves and the world, and once we begin to understand how our energy interacts with the energies that surround us, we are able to remove a lot of negativity from our lives.

Our inability to live in the here and now is often due to a lot of clutter, both physical and mental (ever tried to just sit and breathe for a few minutes without thinking about what you have to do today, unpleasant past experiences or your fears for the future?). All this ‘spring cleaning’ naturally allows a lot of space for us to consider our lives and what is necessary for us to live well, but it also enables us to observe the inner workings of our minds. When we turn our attention to the cleanliness of our thoughts we truly start to understand how much of our behavior isn’t actually under our control. It’s not so much dirty thoughts about the guy next door that are the problem, but our patterned responses to the world, as most of the time we are not interacting with the world itself but rather our preconceptions and limited understanding of that world. We see the world through the haze of our fears, inadequacies and personal prejudices. The greatest step towards happiness is giving yourself the space to see things clearly. Only then can you understand yourself and your place in the world.