The lowest of the chakras, situated at the perineum in the male body, and at the cervix in the female body. Mool means ‘root’ and adhara means ‘place’. Mooladhara is associated with the sense of smell and the anus. It is symbolized by deep red lotus with four petals. In the centre is a yellow square, the yantra of Prithvu tattva, the earth element, and the bija mantra lam. In the centre of the square is a red triangle, the symbol of Shakti or creative energy, with its apex pointing downward. Within the triangle is a smoky swayambhu linga, symbolizing the astral body. A red serpent, representing the dormant kundalini, is coiled three and a half times around the linga. The red triangle is supported by an elephant with seven trunks, which symbolizes the stability and solidarity of the earth.
Mooladhara chakra is the seat or dwelling place of primal energy, kundalini Shakti. Kundalini is the serpent coiled in deep slumber around swayambhu linga. It is the source of all energy in humankind and the universe, whether sexual, emotional, mental, psychic or spiritual. While this energy is one, it takes on various qualities and attributes, depending on the psychic centre through which it manifests. The aim of yoga is to awaken the dormant kundalini through self-purification and concentration of mind and to leap it up through the chakras to sahasrara where, as pure energy or Shakti, it unites with pure consciousness, Shiva.
In order to concentrate on mooladhara, visualize the red inverted triangle or the yellow square, symbols of energy and solidity, to enhance inner stability and balance.
• Information: Asana Pranayama Mudra Bhanda by Swami Satyananda Saraswati