Kundalini Yoga Training
the First Chakra and Intuition
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
One of the most commonly marked goals of Kundalini
Yoga is to sharpen your intuition. There are many ways to do this
and we will cover them over time. In this lesson, I want to give
you a few pointers on how to do this by balancing and aligning
with the earth element.
are five elements or tattvas - air, water, earth, fire and ether.
One of the goals of yoga is to balance and integrate all five
elements of our being. Practice of the techniques and postures
goes a long way to achieving this goal. However, performance of
techniques is only half of the story. We must also cultivate a
conscious awareness of the shifts that are taking place. The mechanics
are the masculine aspect of the practice. The awareness is the
feminine aspect of the practice.
Astrology helps us determine the most appropriate time to work
on a particular tattva. While the Sun is in earth signs - Taurus,
Virgo and Capricorn - is the most powerful time to align with
the earth element. I have made my astrological New
Millennium Being e-zine a part of this training so that you
can use this information to develop your relationship with the
At the end of each newsletter is a meditation or yoga set that
deals with the element of the month. The exercise series at the
end of issue #33 The Earth Taurus Connection
helps cultivate the power of the first chakra and a relationship
with the Earth and your body.
We often associate intuition with the third eye and the mind.
The mind is the masculine aspect of intuition. The feminine aspect
of intuition works through the instinctual self and the senses
of the body. This exercise set, which involves using the breath
while applying *rootlock, facilitates instinctual awareness. After
the exercise, sit or lie very still and simply be aware of the
sensations in your body. Over time you will realize that these
sensations are a powerful and accurate information system. They
are the physical and emotional aspects of your intuitive awareness.
It is important to remember to integrate your awareness after
every yoga and meditation session. We do all the exercises so
that we can shift our awareness. Jumping up after a yoga session
without a conscious deep relaxation or silent meditation is like
meal without dessert or going to the beach and not going for a
The relaxation and silent meditation with a humble prayer play
a big role in integrating and anchoring in the effects of your
practice. The effects last longer and you are able to stay more
consciously centered during the day. It will also be easier to
recreate the experience during the day.
Use your breath and rootlock while sitting in your car or at your
desk to pull yourself back into your body, reawaken your instinctual
awareness and reconnect you to your earthly source.
Here's the meditation again.
to Connect with the Earth
Tuning into the energy of the Earth is enhanced
while the Sun is in Taurus from April 19 through May 19th. Cultivating
the earth element requires attention to the sensations in the
body, to the feet and legs, and to the first chakra or base of
the spine. Paying attention to the feeling of gravity and its
pull on the body toward the Earth is very useful. The goal is
to experience a heaviness that becomes a feeling of stability
Working with the root lock is a very powerful way to connect with
the body and the Earth. The following exercise gives you energy
and relaxes the nerves.
Sit in easy pose. Inhale, hold the breath in. Pull and release
the rootlock 3 or more times. Exhale. Repeat for 1 or more minutes.
Inhale, exhale, hold the breath out. Pull and release rootlock
3 or more times. Inhale. Repeat for 1 or more minutes.
Inhale, exhale, hold the breath out and pull and relax rootlock
3 times. Inhale, hold the breath in and pull and relax rootlock
3 times. Alternate for 1 or more minutes.
Stretch legs between exercises as needed.
To end, unite with energy of the Earth and feel the current
raising up your spine. Let go, if only for an instant. The union
between Earth and Universal Spirit happens when you let go.
The union cleanses stress and negativity. Practicing rootlock
when you are thinking too much or afraid, helps release fear
by connecting you to your physical source and by activating
your own energy.
Rootlock in this exercise is done by gently pulling the muscles
at the anus. As you pull the rootlock, feel that you are pulling
energy up from the core of the Earth.
more information about rootlock in particular, and Kundalini Yoga
locks in general, check out our guide to Locks
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.