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.