In this phase we are releasing the built up sexual energy from the Muladhara (root chakra) in to our mid-brain region. The intention has been energised and it’s time to release it out through the third eye and into the universe.
In-breath retention and Locks
When you can’t hold your breath any longer you will feel a charge surging up in your pelvic region. This is your root chakra (Muladhara) releasing your prana life force energy as well as stimulating your sacral chakra the root of your creative sexual energy. It is at this point where you take a big in-breath activating the Mula Bandha (pelvic floor) and Jalandhara (throat) lock, visualising drawing that energy up your spine, into your brain stem and through to your mid brain region.
The in-breath hold brings balance once again back to your system charging oxygen through your now dilated blood vessels from the out-breath hold activating dormant areas or the brain and raising the SPO2 levels back up to 95% and over.
Pelvic Lock – Mula Bandha
This is actually an ancient Yoga practice in which you are ‘applying a lock’. The direct translation from Sanskrit is, ‘Mula’ meaning root, and ‘Bandha’ meaning lock or binding. Essentially, we are contracting the muscles that are found in our pelvic floor area, specifically the perineum, which when engaged will activate our root chakra (muladhara), which is located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae. The perineum is the area situated between our anus and genitals.
For many, isolating this area to contract can be challenging, people will either visualise or contract the whole area including the sphincter and genitals (the contraction when trying to stop urine flow). Some may only be able to visualise this happening. This is ok at first but with practice they should be able to eventually isolate the perineum area.
We use the Mula bandha in the ‘Energy breathing’ technique and as part of The Awakening Ceremony breathwork.
Throat Lock – Jalandhara
Jalandhara comes from Sanskrit with Jal roughly meaning ‘throat’ and dhara meaning ‘holding’. Jalandhara as one word translates to ‘He who holds water’.
This lock is activated by bending your neck a little forward and slowly placing your chin down to your chest between your left and right clavicle, while keeping your back straight and raising your sternum.
This lock is said to activate and energise the throat chakra.
We also use this in the out-breath retention phase in combination with the Mula Bandha lock during the in-breath retention phase.
Releasing the in-breath with a tone brings you back to prepare for the next round of breathing. This is the same through other rounds until the last round.
In the last round allow time to feel and be present with the experience. In this moment some may even experience a heightened state of bliss.
When everyone has come back, start to move the body with some light stretches.