Back pain is one of the leading medical complaints amongst people nowadays. It seems, that even youngsters in their 20’s suffer from sometimes, excruciating pain in the Lumbar and Sacral region of their bodies.
Ofcourse there are several physical causes for pain here, such as uncomfortable sleeping postures, trauma or injury, excessive physical strain etc, but did you know that pain radiates from certain parts of our body because our mental and/or emotional state may be impaired?
Believe it or not, lower back pain can occur for these reasons as well.
As we know, the lower back is home of the Mūlādhāra Chakra – the root of our energy centers. It is here, that our deepest fears and strengths lie. Often times when this energy center is out of balance, a person experiences back pain, constipation, bloating etc. Cleansing this Chakra is done by performing Yoga Asanas and meditating, but a greater source of healing comes from dealing with the troubles we have, and letting go of any pain and suffering that we are holding onto emotionally.
Being the root center of the body, it is the foundation on which every Chakra lies. If the foundation is not strong, there are guaranteed to be dysfunctionalism in the remaining 6 Chakras.
In order to heal lower back pain holistically, here are a few practices you can incorporate into your lifestyle :
Practice these Yoga Asanas
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Adho Mukha Svanasana
It is important to take time every day to sit quietly, close your eyes and meditate while listening and observing your breath. During this time, allow your mind to filter the necessary and the unnecessary. Do not judge your thoughts or try to control them. The longer you decide to practice meditation, the better for you. Though following a guided meditation is helpful to some, it is preferred to sit in complete silence, and appreciate the time you have alone with your thoughts. Listening to someone speak, or music may be distracting, and take you away from the purpose of meditation, which is introspection of one’s self.
The Bīja Mantra (Seed Mantra) of the Mūlādhāra Chakra is LĀM, the sound of spiritual awakening. It releases tensions and removes blockages in this Chakra and activates its energy. Chanting of this mantra daily is beneficial in opening and purifying this energy center. It should however be practiced cautiously. If you feel discomfort while chanting, you should stop immediately. Mantras are only powerful when they are given utmost respect and performed correctly under the guidance of a learned Guru.
Seek Professional Help
So many of us feel embarrassed to convey our problems, fears and stresses to other people. We are afraid of judgment. But holding onto those emotions do more harm for us than good. If there are things going on in your life that you need to speak about, seek out the help of a medical professional, or spiritual assistance. Psychologists are paid to listen to your problems, and they have a code of ethics that must be practiced regarding confidentiality and personal judgment. If you need to talk to someone, do it. Don’t hold onto feelings of resentment, anger, frustration, remorse or guilt. Allow someone to help you deal with those emotions in a healthy way.
These practices barely scratch the surface of healing the Mūlādhāra Chakra, but they are a great start to holistically healing the cause of your pain and discomfort. If you have any questions regarding these practices, feel free to Contact Dr. Sashina for her medical and spiritual advice.