«By drawing up the mūlasthāna, uddīyāna-bandha should be performed. The flow of the air should be directed to the susumnā, by closing the idā and the pingalā. The prāna becomes calm and latent by this means, and thus there is no death, old age, disease, etc» (Hathayoga-Pradīpikā, III.73-74).
Feet on the ground!
The month starts with elan vital with the trine of Sun and Jupiter. The projects at the beginning of the month are put into practice in the second half of the month thanks to Mars drive (an encouragement, especially for those born in the first decade, who tend to sadden under Saturn weight). Attention to laziness and indolence, especially in relationships. Considering that Neptune leads to idealization, perhaps you expect a little too much from others.
Sthāna in Sanskrit means “place”. It usually refers to the place where you receive initiation or practice Yoga. The same term is used in hatha-yoga to indicate the places of the body associated with the five elements. For example, the place of the earth element is the prthvī-sthāna and it includes the lower part of the body up to the knees. Mūlasthāna, instead, indicates the point t the base of perineum, from which the susumnā-nādī, the main energy channel of the body, starts.
Try to be in the here and now, Cancer, so you can be present and active to develop your projects and well rooted as well. So you will not fly too high and risk to ruin your relationship.
Stay well grounded with this practice:
Ardha-stambha-āsana, half pillar pose. Also called ardha-hala-āsana, half plow pose. Hands well firm on the ground, legs up, but held tight by the strength of the abdomen, symbol of will. Face is relaxed, the gaze is upward, but the foundations are on the ground. I have already recommended this pose last September, Cancer, resume it and see if anything has changed. // 1-2 min.
Leg massage. Sitting on the ground, massage from the foot to just above the knee, first the right leg and then the left. Use an oil to better slip on the skin and nourish it. While massaging, consider the lower part of the body (prthvī-sthāna): watch if you feel it healthy, firm or fragile and aching. Think of the support function of this part. // From 2 to 5 min. per side.
Mūla-bandha, root lock. Choose the position you prefer, breathe in and exhale while contracting the pelvic floor (between genitals and the anus; if you can not, then contract from the genitals to the anus). Hold for at least 3 sec and then release. // 1-3 min.
TOTAL TIME: from 6 to 15 minutes.
MANTRA of the MONTH: «Lam».
ATTENTION: each technique may have contraindications. Take proper information before practising. Ask your teacher for the correct execution. The recommended times are provided only as a guide, always adjust the practice to your own times and limits. Never force, positions must be comfortable and stable! For any doubt leave a comment below!