Mulabandha - Tantra On The Go (Audio)
November 24, 2009
It is recommended you read from the beginning of this tantra yoga archive,
as previous lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "What
is tantra yoga?"
I notice that whenever I am engaged in sex, an automatic rhythmic flexing of
the anal sphincter and perineum area occurs. What is the relationship of
this and mulabandha/asvini discussed in the lessons? Are they the same
A: Yes, there is a
relationship between the root reflex during sex and mulabandha/asvini. Both
are for the purpose of stimulating ecstatic energy.
In the case of reproductive sex, the purpose is
to promote the sex act itself through the pleasurable effects of stimulation
and automatic contractions leading to orgasm, release of the sperm and
fertilization of the ovum. If our sexual union is tantric, we will be
delaying orgasm with the
method, and the automatic flexing will take on a broader purpose the
upward cultivation of ecstatic energy in the neurobiology, which is moving
into the realm of the yogic practice of mulabandha/asvini. We could say that
tantric sex is for that, at least in part. The mulabandha/asvini effect is
not the only product of tantric sex. A variety of changes occur in the
pelvic region and far beyond as a result of tantric sex, and this is also
dependent on other yoga practices we are engaged in outside our lovemaking.
Of particular importance among these are deep meditation and spinal
breathing pranayama. With multiple angles being addressed in the
neurobiology with spiritual practices, tantric sex will provide support in
the permanent awakening of the spinal nerve, the ecstatic illumination of
the entire body, and beyond.
One of the yoga
practices we have learned for use outside tantric sex is mulabandha/asvini,
beginning during our twice-daily
spinal breathing pranayama. See
This utilizes the same principle of stimulation at the root to cultivate the
rise of ecstatic conductivity. Soon after we learned mulabandha, we added
which aids in awakening the spinal nerve from the upper end, at the brow.
56. Then we added, one by one, additional mudras, bandhas and
siddhasana, all for cultivating an awakening of the spinal nerve in a
progressive and safe way. The result over time is a whole body
awakening which can be stimulated at any time of
the day or night, no matter where we are, by a slight flexing of the anal
sphincter, or a slight upward intention with the eyes. Such stimulation may
still be regarded to be tantric by some, as there is still the sexual
element, though, by now, overshadowed by whole body ecstasy, which is beyond
In the beginning, this will be experienced as an
ecstatic illumination or "feeling" of the tiny thread of the spinal nerve
(often first seen as silver in color), extending from the root to the head.
From the center of the spinal
nerve, it expands outward through all the
nerves in the body, and radiates beyond the body to the
environment, where it can be felt as a palpable radiation of divine love.
If we regard such ecstatic conductivity and
radiance to be tantric, then we can say that mulabandha and the other mudras
and bandhas are "tantra on the go," because, once awakened and stabilized,
this condition is always with us, riding on the infinite field of pure bliss
consciousness we have been cultivating in daily deep meditation. We are
Along the way, our sexual activities may continue
much as they did before, though our point of view will be much expanded and
illuminated by the divine radiating from within. It may take little more
than a glance from our beloved to set the whole body and being off into a
reverie of ecstatic bliss. It is like that tantra on the go, and never
The guru is in you.
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