Written and published on 21 October 2014
- BENEFITS OF ROOT LOCK, WHICH IS ONE OF THE ‘LOCKS’ OF KUNDALINI YOGA
- KEGEL EXERCISES, WHICH ARE SIMILAR TO ROOT LOCK, ARE CREDITED WITH MANY PHYSICAL BENEFITS BY WESTERN MEDICINE
BENEFITS OF ROOT LOCK, WHICH IS ONE OF THE ‘LOCKS’ OF KUNDALINI YOGA
The ancient and very simple yogic technique called ‘root lock’ or ‘mul bhand’ is an easy way to avoid the astral plane, ground our energy in our physical bodies, dispel fear, and live a peaceful, happy life. Practicing root lock very lightly all day long creates a feeling of safety and comfort, since it preserves and augments the energy in the first chakra, the seat of our grounding in the physical world.
In this video, two ‘root lock’ techniques are mentioned. The first is root lock while holding the breath in after inhaling. This technique is good for pregnant women, for the very young and the very old, and for those challenged with physical issues.
The second ‘root lock’ technique described in the video, root lock while holding the breath in after exhaling, is good for those in the young adult years and in mid-life who are in good physical condition.
We can continue with a modified form of ‘root lock’ all day long, simply by pulling up and in on the perineum (the place on our body midway between the anus and the sexual organs). Though this is not mentioned in the video, I feel it to be an excellent way to ground in the physical body, avoid the astral plane, avoid fear and insecurity, and live in peace and physical joy.
Here is the short video on root lock by Carolyn Cowan …
Link: “Kundalini Yoga: The Root Lock,” by Carolyn Cowan, 19 September 2010 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDiLtXh75tM ..
And here is a very good, slightly longer video, with explanations about the physical benefits traditionally attributed to ‘root lock’, by Guru Prem. Guru Prem also illustrates ‘camel pose’ using root lock … It is a great yoga pose for the physically agile, but not essential to root lock, so do not be discouraged by his description of camel pose. You can do root lock all by itself, with great benefit …
Link: “GuruPrem teaching Applying Mool Bandh,” by GuruPrem Khalsa, 20 January 2010, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLxSeIgfQQ8 ..
KEGEL EXERCISES, WHICH ARE SIMILAR TO ROOT LOCK, ARE CREDITED WITH MANY PHYSICAL BENEFITS BY WESTERN MEDICINE
In Western medical parlance, root lock, or a series of exercises very similar to it, are termed Kegel exercises. Here is Wikipedia on the benefits of Kegel exercises …
- “The aim of Kegel exercises is to improve muscle tone by strengthening the pubococcygeus muscles of the pelvic floor.
- “Kegel is a popular prescribed exercise for pregnant women to prepare the pelvic floor for physiological stresses of the later stages of pregnancy and childbirth.
- “Kegel exercises are said to be good for treating vaginal prolapse … and preventing uterine prolapse … in women and for treating prostate pain and swelling resulting from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatitis in men.
- “Kegel exercises may be beneficial in treating urinary incontinence in both men and women …
- “Kegel exercises may also increase sexual gratification, allowing women to complete pompoir and aid in reducing premature ejaculation … in men.
- “The many actions performed by Kegel muscles include holding in urine and avoiding defecation. Reproducing this type of muscle action can strengthen the Kegel muscles. The action of slowing or stopping the flow of urine may be used as a test of correct pelvic floor exercise technique.”
–from “Kegel Exercise,” in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kegel_exercise … [editing and formatting by Alice]
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