The Muladhara, or root chakra, represents our foundation. On the human body, it sits at the base of the spine and gives us the feeling of being grounded. When the root chakra is open, we feel confident in our ability to withstand challenges and stand on our own two feet. When it’s blocked, we feel threatened, as if we’re standing on unstable ground.
Location: Base of spine, in tailbone area What it controls: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food Mantra: “I can’t grow from an unsteady foundation.” Color: Red Element: Earth Stone: Hematite Yoga pose: Warrior I When it develops: 1-7 years old
Sakala pramatribhava is a state within a meditation practice in which an individual is also aware of the outside world. From Sanskrit, sakala means “total,” “complete” or “consisting of all parts”; and pramatribhava refers to different meditative states. Within a yoga practice, the goal is to unlock energy and enter deeper states of awareness of the self and the universe (or outside world) through asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation.
Anuttara puja is a Sanskrit term that translates as “supreme worship.” It represents the highest form of worship or homage to the gods in Indian religions or the Buddha in Buddhism.
More specifically, anuttara puja is a method of devotion developed by the seventh-century Indian master, Shantideva. It consists of several spiritual exercises and is typically practiced in the Buddhist tradition. The goal is bodhicitta, a mind dedicated to others and to attaining enlightenment. It is similar to the ultimate goal of yoga of enlightenment and unification with the yogi’s highest nature.
Multilingualism is the use of more than one language, either by an individual speaker or by a group of speakers. It is believed that multilingual speakers outnumber monolingual speakers in the world’s population.
Indriya is a term in Indian philosophy that refers to the sensory, spiritual or phenomenological faculties. It is a Sanskrit and Pali word that translates as “belonging to/agreeable to Indra,” who is the king of the gods in the “Rig Veda.”
In Buddhism, the term refers to the five spiritual faculties, five or six sensory faculties or 22 phenomenological faculties, depending on the context. In yogic philosophy, it refers to the five sense organs, the five action organs and the mind.
In our world, we find saying “I love you” strange to people not within our personal confines or for non-romantic reasons. What if we broke free from those society chains and simply said “I love you.” I love you, you are not alone, you are loved.