unearthing the inner yogi
of the primary goals of Yoga is to waken the sleeping serpent that the
Ancients called Kundalini and imagined as a tightly coiled queen cobra.
This slumbering queen was said to reside at the very base of the spine
in the region of the anus. The rhythmic contraction and relaxation of
the area known as the mooladhara or root chakra results in the gradual
awakening of this mighty power. A warmth moves up the spine, a tingling
perhaps, indicating the release of this energy. Our yoga practice then
harnesses this energy, moving it upwards.
Abhay Ghiara is a teacher, writer, and Gandhian economist. He
studied economics and yoga at Bombay University, graduating exactly 100
years after Mahatma Gandhi. He has practiced yoga all his life. Abhay lectures on yoga and life in San Francisco, London, Bristol, Chicago, and Mumbai, India.