Mula Bandha

September 26, 2012 § 5 Comments

Here’s my very rudimentary, rather crude-looking diagram of how Mula Bandha works. At least from my experience. Please feel free to chime in with yours.

The arrows represent the extending and rooting motions of the body in various asanas. The two circles represent the structure of the pelvis region, and how they become engaged once the muscles – of our legs and our spine – move in their requisite directions. So once the arrows start moving where they’re supposed to go, it’s not hard to imagine that the two circles will be tightly bound together courtesy of the tension in the continuous line that’s moving in opposite directions. This is why mula bandha has been described as an ‘energetic lift’, rather than as a muscular contraction. It’s the tension generated from opposing forces.

Obviously, this diagram is not drawn to scale, otherwise this would be a drawing of a spine with scoliosis and an imbalanced pelvis afflicted with osteoporosis! The perils of drawing on a mousepad….

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