Chakra basics – The Base Chakra

The Base or Root Chakra - Muladhara ChakraThe base Chakra is aptly named as it represents our most primitive instincts and drive, as well as connecting us with the physical world.

When the base Chakra is functioning harmoniously, you will feel a deep connection with the world around you. You will feel stable and grounded, and want to participate in shaping life on your earth in harmony with nature. In effect, you will have a deep level of trust in the world to provide and find it easy to achieve your goals in this world.

When the base Chakra is not functioning harmoniously, you will find your thoughts gravitating to worrying about your material possessions and security, or find yourself indulging in food, alcohol, sex, etc. It can manifest as a fixation on your own needs without consideration of others.

In its extreme, anger and aggression are likely when you become upset or irritated, which is triggered by the fear of a loss of something that you believe provides you with security or is crucial to your survival. Ultimately this is only a defensive mechanism, highlighting your lack of trust in the world around you.

The key to realigning your base Chakra is realising that the support you need and the connection you crave is avaialble at all times. It is only when you allow your fears and worries to overwhelm you that the base Chakra moves out of alignment.

Name: Muladhara or Base Chakra
Location: Perineum – between the anus and genitals
Purpose: Survival, groundedness, security, self preservation
Colour: Red
Element: Earth
Sense: Smell
Sound: Lam
Symbol: 4-petaled lotus
Associated parts of body: Bones, teeth, nails, anus, rectum, colon, blood

The 7 ChakrasCheck out the rest of the Chakras here!


Chakra Classes

Kundalini Yoga Teacher - Patty Kikos
Join expert teacher, Patty Kikos, in an 8-part journey exploring the Chakras through yoga. Recorded exclusively for Liveyogalife.com, these classes are an excellent practical introduction to the Chakra. Check out the complete set of classes here.

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Chakras basics – what are they?

The world of chakras is one rich with symbolism of all kinds. It is not a world of literal meaning; rather it is one that opens itself up to the individual on many levels of understanding.

For example, the word ‘Chakra’ comes from the sanskrit word for wheel. On one level, the wheel is a circle that turns by itself. The ‘wheel’ reflects that each of the chakras rotates and turn at its own pace, independently of each other. This is symbolic of the cyclically, ever changing nature of life.

Chakras are referred to as lotuses after the beautiful flower. This water plant (similar to a water lily) is itself symbolic of the chakras. The lotus has its roots deep below the surface in the dark muddy depths, while the flower blooms under the golden light of the sun above the water.

The chakras are found in within each of us and are the bridge from the subtle body. Within the subtle body, they are the hubs between the nadis (or energy vessels). The role chakras play is one of receiving, transforming and distributing prana to the various areas of the subtle and physical body – sustaining and developing us as human beings.

These chakras are located along a central vertical axis at the front of the body. When they are aligned and open, there is a higher ability to create a balanced relationship between the human body, mind, and soul.

Traditional writing mentions around 88,000 chakras. There are, however, seven primary chakras – each significantly related to a core human need. The seven chakras and their corresponding location in the subtle body can be visualised from the top of the head down.

Click on any of the chakra images below to find out more.

Muladhara Chakra Swadhisthana Chakra Manipura Chakra Anahata Chakra
The Base Chakra (Muladhara Chakra) The Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana Chakra) The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura Chakra) The Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra)
Vishuddha Chakra Ajna Chakra Sahasrara Chakra The Eighth Chakra: The Aura
The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra) Third Eye Chakra (Ajna Chakra) The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra) The Aura

Chakra Classes

Kundalini Yoga Teacher - Patty Kikos
Join expert teacher, Patty Kikos, in an 8-part journey exploring the Chakras through yoga. Recorded exclusively for Liveyogalife.com, these classes are an excellent practical introduction to the Chakra. Check out the complete set of classes here.

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Yoke Magazine – For Discerning Yogis

yoke_magazine We came across Yoke Magazine a few months ago. It is an advertising free magazine that appeals to a young and young-at-heart audience, creatives, artists, yogis and food and travel enthusiasts, seeking out inspiration and adventure for a more balanced, happy and creative lifestyle, to empower themselves and at the same time, their community.

The ancient Sanskrit root for yoke is ‘YUJ’ युज् which is the root word of yoga योग. The word yoga means ‘to be yoked’ – the spiritual concept of ‘being yoked’ means to join or connect, to form a bond, to unite.

It is a subscriber-supported, independently produced high-quality eco-friendly print magazine. Published and distributed by YOKE PUBLICATIONS based in Sydney, Australia. The driving force is Cynthia Sciberras.

Cynthia is currently using crowd funding to publish the third edition which is getting released on 3 August 2015. We encourage you to check it out and support Cynthia in her amazing magazine.

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Yoga Teacher Podcasts

Yoga Teacher Podcasts
Yoga Teacher Podcasts is a hub of  featured interviews with revered Yoga teachers of our time. You can access the books they recommend music they love charities they support. The intention is to inspire your yoga journey through stories.

The creator and host of Yoga Teacher Podcasts is Bettina Mitchell. Her vision for this website is that it will:

* to establish a record of stories of revered yoga teachers making a significant contribution to yoga in our time, especially those who inspire our Australian yoga community.
* to explore what drew them to yoga and what keeps them in the service of yoga and their students.
* to satisfy students’ curiosity about how yoga has shaped these teachers lives, who their yoga teachers have been, and what inspires them.

It will include several teachers who have products on LiveYogaLife.com including Eve Grzybowski, Katie Spiers and James Bryan.

Join the community – on the Yoga Teacher Podcasts site you can suggest teachers to Bettina whom you would like to hear from, and even what questions to ask.

YTP has a mission, to speak to at least 108 yoga teachers who “make a considerable contribution to the yoga community and who enhance peoples lives with their knowledge, skills, wisdom and passion for yoga.”

So check out this amazing new resource, kick back and enjoy!

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What is Tantra Yoga?

Experienced Tantra and Kundalini Yoga Teacher - Gail Pisani

Popular Tantra

Tantra is currently and popularly defined and interpreted as a method of sexual practices, and modern Tantra is often not associated with yoga practices at all. However, this is a very limited view of Tantra. The true essence of Tantra is a meta – philosophy , a universal meditative method of being… which integrates the small personal self living its daily life into the larger arena… of spiritual evolve-ment and enlightenment. This aspect of Tantra has been completely missed in the common limited misinterpretation of this ancient body of principles.

The Essence of Tantra Yoga

General Yoga practice, as we’ve generally come to understand it today, involves practising a series of postures, meditations and breathing exercises on your yoga mat. These practices are a part of Tantra, and perfect as preparation for Tantra Yoga. But Tantra yoga is more than this. Tantra yoga is the “mother of all yogas” – leading one to the higher universal principles of “living Yoga.” It is about yoga beyond being in a studio or on a mat – where every aspect of your life becomes yogic or tantric.

A Different Approach or Perspective

Living in yoga, in awareness, in tantra – is a state of being which embodies the feminine energy – known as Shakti. Shakti receives life and celebrates all the pleasures of life, including our sexuality, as a gift. This is in contrast to the current western approach – which is goal-oriented, where the practice of yoga on the mat is generally understood as the “way to” achieve better health, a better body, a better mind, a better spiritual state.

This goal-oriented approach today is predominantly Masculine, goal-driven energy. Tantra acknowledges a balance in both Masculine and Feminine Energy, and hence, introduces Feminine Energy – as a way of receiving life rather than doing life. The feminine receives and the masculines does

Tantra says, ‘Receive every moment as a gift’. Receive the breath, the food, the sounds; receive yourself; receive the gift of another. It is an ‘Allowing’ of Life.

How Does Sex Come into the Picture?

Tantra honours the Feminine and Masculine energy that exists in each person, in everything in the world, and the universe we live in. In sex, one partner embodies the feminine or shakti energy and the other embodies the masculine or shiva energy. Tantric lovemaking is a prolonged meditation in the pre-orgasmic state. It is a way of empowering and nurturing each other, rather than simply being a way of achieving orgasm.

Why the focus on Sex?

In the context of love-making as a meditative practice, one allows the sexual energy to be in continuous never-ending flow – and the partners nurture this eternal and ongoing flow of energy in each other. This is different from the common masculine, logical approach to sex where the couple directs the sexual energy to the achievement of an outcome, that is – an orgasm. So in the practice of tantric sex, the goal is not to orgasm.

There is no finish – the journey of being completely present and “with the other” is celebrated as an ongoing meditation. As a Holistic Practice Yogic practices on the mat, such as– meditation, yoga postures, and breathing – prepare each partner to be a pure vessel for the orgasmic energy – my physical body as strong, flexible and healthy as I can make it, my emotional body as joyful and light as I can make it and my mind as clear, open and receptive as I can make it for sacred love making. By bringing sexuality into our yoga practice, and sacred lovemaking into our relationships, we are moving closer to making our lives truly enlightened.


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What is Vedanta?

Vedanta is a philosophy taught by the Vedas, the most ancient scriptures of India. Its basic teaching is that our real nature is divine. God is our innermost Self, an underlying reality that exists in every being. Religion is therefore a search for Self, a search for God within. We don’t need to be “saved”. At worst, we are unaware of our true nature.

“Children of Immortal Bliss, what a sweet, hopeful name. Allow me to call you, brethren by that sweet name, heirs of immortal bliss. The Hindu refuses to call you sinners. You are the children of God, holy and perfect beings. Sinners? It is a sin to call a person so. It is a standing libel on human nature. Come up, oh lions, and shake of the delusion that you are sheep! You are souls immortal, spirits free, blessed and eternal.”Swami Vivekananda

Is there such a thing as Right or Wrong Conduct?

All ethics are merely a means to the end of finding God within ourselves. “Right” action is action that brings us nearer to the knowledge of God (the God within us). “Wrong” action leads us away from that knowledge. Our ideas of “good” and “evil” are therefore only relative values and must not be used as an absolute standard by which we judge others. Each of us has our own problems and our own development – our own path to self-mastery. But the goal is the same for all.

“Find God (the divinity that is you). That is the only purpose of life.”Sri Ramakrishna


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