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Mulabandha and Full Yogic (belly)
May 13, 2010
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I have recently begun using mulabandha, and it has been quite "clunky." Does
the belly still go out with full yogic breathing during mulabandha? It seems
like any "lifting" comes from the abdominal muscles. The lower muscle groups
don't seem to be liftable, but only contractible. So if I'm lifting on the
abdominals, I was unable to still do smooth belly breathing. Maybe you could
A: Mulabandha and full yogic breathing are highly
compatible once both have been refined. At
first it can be clunky, as you say, which is true of any new practice we
It is true that mulabandha
involves a slight lift that can bring some compression in the lower abdomen.
This can create some contradiction with the first stage of a full yogic
breath, where the belly is expanding. The way around this is to let the
mulabandha lift occur naturally later in the full yogic breath, when the
lungs are expanding
up to the collar bones. At this stage, a lift is natural
and the belly comes in a bit. The lift originates
in the diaphragm. In time, an
energetic/ecstatic connection will be noticed between the impulse in the
diaphragm and the mulabandha lift.
When we release the full yogic
breath back down, the lift is released also.
The gentle compression of the anal
sphincter follows along naturally in this cycle.
This is how the relationship of mulabandha and
full yogic breathing develops. In time, the whole process becomes refined,
automatic, and barely noticed as we are
doing our spinal breathing pranayama.
As mudras and bandhas refine
internally, this relationship between mulabandha, yogic breathing and other
physical aspects of emerging
"whole body mudra,"
can be present at any time
according to its own need,
eventually becoming a mere feeling with
little physical manifestation.
It is the awakening of ecstatic conductivity and radiance.
Natural (not exaggerated) full
yogic breathing remains primary in spinal breathing and does not conflict
with the subtle movements
of mulabandha in the pelvic region, or any other mudras and bandhas. In
time, all of these elements become quite natural and complementary. It is
the inner connectedness of yoga occurring.
The guru is in you.
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full yogic breathing (belly breathing+), see the
Spinal Breathing Pranayama book.
For instructions on mulabandha and other mudras and bandhas, see the
Asanas, Mudras and Bandhas book.
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