Moola means “root” in Sankrit and Bandha is “lock” or “close.” So Moola Bandha is the root lock, or the door to our Mooladhara, our root chakra.
I'm telling you this for a couple of reasons. The first reason is I will tell you to “engage your moola bandha” throughout my asana (yoga posture) and dance videos and I want you to understand these foreign sounds coming out of my mouth. The second reason is this little bandha has the capability of realigning our physical, mental and pranic (energetic) bodies. Cool, huh?
In brief (very brief), the moola bandha is a tool for curing physical diseases, mental disorders and whole world of energetic matter. It’s the key to opening the mooladhara chakra, allowing prana (energy) to flow up our spine and through the other chakras. Its contraction also stimulates the other 72,000 pranic channels running through our body.
But why I am telling you to engage your moola bandha in an asana?
Well since it’s the door to our root chakra, it’s a grounding tool, not only helping us find balance in those hard to hold asanas but it creates balance in alignment as well. When we engage our moola bandha, we become lighter, making it easier to take flight. It also creates space under our abdomen, making twists easier too.
So where is this moola bandha?
The moola bandha is located in the cervix for woman and the perineum for men (the space between the anus and genitals)
So ladies, get up in there! Insert your finger into your vagina as far as you can. With awareness, inhale and contract the muscles around your finger. If you feel the UPPER walls of your vagina contracting, you’ve got it!
Guys, place your finger halfway between your anus and scrotum. Inhale and contract the perineal body. If you feel the place under your finger lift upwards into your body, then you’ve got it too!
If you weren’t able to find it, don’t worry; there are moola bandha training wheels for you until you get the hang of it. When you squeeze your anus, naturally you engage the moola bandha. It’s like trying to move only your big toe, the other toes will move too.
Eventually we want to isolate the moola banda, however that takes a lot of practice. Luckily for us, yoga is a lifetime practice so we have plenty of time.
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For further reading on the moola bandha, Moola Bandha: The Master Key by Swami Buddhananda, one of the main key teachers at Bihar School of Yoga, is short, direct and very informative.