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Lesson 119 -
Some Other Approaches to Mulabandha (Audio)
Date: Sun Feb 15, 2004 11:16pm
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Q: I am still having
some difficulty with mulabandha also. It is very difficult to keep the
muscle flexed. Sometimes I'm not sure if it is unless I flex it strongly.
Are there any intervening exercises I can do? If I just don't do it- I can't
see how I will ever advance to the stage where I am able- yet it takes all
my effort to do it during pranayam and I don't know if that is good.
A: It might be a bit
easier if you do the gentle flexing on the rising inhalation during spinal
breathing and release it on the descending exhalation. Then the breath will
be a cue for flexing. This is actually called asvini mudra, the alternating
flexing and releasing. If that does not work, then try a short flex at the
bottom and a short flex at the top during spinal breathing, again, the
breath is the cue. This last approach might be the easiest, as it is a short
flex and done. Once you get comfortable with that, then maybe do two at the
top and bottom of each cycle, and later move on to the rising flex and no
flex going down. Later, you can let it become more spontaneous as it was
originally given. Another thing you can do is flexing exercises for ten or
more repetitions a few times during the day. It is just a matter of
developing coordination and familiarly. Then it becomes second nature. The
sphincter is part of an organ of spiritual ecstasy. We find them all over
the body in yoga, sometimes in the least expected places.
Where we'd like to end
up with mulabandha/asvini is with spontaneous subtle movements as ecstatic
energy moves naturally inside us. It will evolve gradually to that as our
inner ecstatic conductivity comes up. All the other bandhas and mudras will
participate in simultaneous coordination, so it will be like one spontaneous
whole body mudra going on subtly everywhere inside us. When it gets to that
stage we have found our new natural spiritual biology. One slip of the eyes
upward and we are in ecstatic bliss everywhere inside. Our nervous system is
permanently transformed to a higher mode of functioning.
There is no one way to
awaken mulabandha/asvini. There is no exact formula. Experiment and see what
works for you. It is supposed to feel good. You may find an option that I
have not mentioned that works for you and does not distract excessively from
other practices. Of course, add siddhasana in with any of these mulabandha/asvini
combinations and there will likely be distraction for the short term. That
goes with the territory. It is a transition period filled with delight, and
it gets more delightful all the time. Eventually it calms down to an
unending divine smile radiating from within.
The guru is in you.
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