Synopsis: Kundalini in Hinduism refers to a form of divine energy (or shakti) said to be located at the base of the spine (muladhara
The first state of consciousness is represented by the Muladhara
chakra, which corresponds with the first two levels of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, namely physiological and safety/security needs.
Standing poses work predominately on the First (root) Chakra, known as Muladhara
. It is located at the base of the spine and is the root of your being.
He writes about the "Om" being pronounced "from the pit of the stomach"--the second-tier in the configuration of the seven-tier Kundalini, originating in the "Muladhara
" and rising, until it culminates in the "Sahasra" on the top of the head.
In our body "earth" is present in the muladhara
, "water" in the svadhishthana, "fire" in the manipura, "wind" in the anahata, and "ether" in the vishuddha chakra.
Major chakras are Visuddha, Muladhara
, Svadishthana, Sahasrara, Manipura, Anahata, and Ajna.
This points to the system of cakra in the body, moving from the muladhara
to the vishuddha-cakra (the throat cakra).
Kevala kumbhaka and khecari mudra signal the internal purification of the seventy-two thousand naals, the three granthis (brahma, visnu, and siva), the five primary or lower cakras (muladhara
, svadhisthana, manipura, anahata, and visuddhi), and the awakening of the siddhis (perfections, SS 3:54) in the beginning phase of unmarii (no-mind, see HYP 1:41).
, the first or root chakra, characterizes our ordinary world in which "the self is asleep and the ego is awake" (Coward & Borelli, 1985, p.