As I prepare to teach a yoga class for the first chakra, I review Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa’s chapter on the first chakra in his intriguing book Meditation as Medicine (2009). I am curious and can’t help but smile at his description of “consciousness constipation” to reflect those of us with stuck energy in the first chakra. When this occurs, people become fixated on physical survival at the expense of spiritual survival. Health, money, and status are a constant worry. Feelings of isolation ensue as negative emotions such as jealousy, anger, and greed surface.

The first chakra is about elimination. Physically, it relates to the bowel, specifically the descending colon, sacrum, lower spine, rectum, and anus. Inadequate elimination of toxins can lead to a variety of health problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and chronic constipation in addition to more systemic diseases.

I have been told in many of my mind/body classes that our bodies are windows to our emotional and spiritual blockages; physical ailments perhaps reflecting the “consciousness constipation” that Dr. Singh Khalsa writes about.  We get stuck in unhealthy habits and beliefs as we try to navigate through life. Perhaps we can go within and undo the tightness (or looseness) of our innards as we release our rigid thinking that keeps us bound up.

Tomorrow’s class will incorporate the Healthy Bowel Kriya as an exercise to physically promote the health of the colon followed by a meditation to release anger and a mantra to support bowel health.

These exercises are easy to do every day and promote acceptance and neutrality along with a sense of wellbeing. We benefit from the elimination of negative thoughts and bad habits as well as a healthier functional bowel. Our sense of security comes from having a strong sense of self in contrast to the weak, threatened identity laden with security fears and feelings of lack.

How do you view the health of your first chakra?  Every party has a pooper, maybe it will be you?

Kundalini Yoga Classes offered at Fit, 62 Rockford Road, Wilmington  Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.