How can a Jade Egg be a woman’s guru in yoga?
Squeeze my WHAT?!
The first time I heard about mula bundha it left me feeling very mystified. I had just began practicing yoga, which was weird enough as it was, when I heard the teacher say this:
“Inhale, raise your arms up over your head, squeeze your ANUS, then exhale and fold forward.”
‘Did she just ask me to squeeze my anus!!?’ I remember thinking to myself.
I awkwardly looking around the room as if to get reassurance from others that I wasn’t the only questioning what I had just heard, but I got nothing. No one acknowledged the teacher saying ‘anus’ as anything unusual and everyone kept focused on their practice.
I was shocked. I was raised believing that words like ‘anus’ were not to be used in formal settings. Here I was at a yoga class, a spiritual event and the yoga teacher was tossing ‘anus’ around as casually as if she was talking about the weather.
So what exactly is mula bundha?
Mula Bhanda is a mysterious concept that has to do with the genital region of our body. The Sanskrit translation is mula means root and Bandha is lock. Contracting (locking) the muscles of the perineum (our body’s root to the ground when seated) will activate mula bandha and prevent vital life force from leaking out during intense yogic practice; facilitating its movement up the spine to the crown of the head.
So how is Mula Bhanda done?
The pelvic floor consists of muscle fibers and fascia (connective tissue) that can be divided into three muscular levels and isolated separately.
‘Squeeze your anus’ is the most physical level of mula bhanda and easiest for beginners to identify. This contraction often unconsciously contracts the other muscles of the pelvic floor along with the anal sphincter. This opens a door for understanding, though is not exactly how it’s done.
The secondary level of Mula bandha involves isolating the contraction of the perineum (the region between the anus and the genitals) without squeezing your anus.
How can I tell if I’m doing it correctly?
Unless you have a clear understanding of your own intimate anatomy, it’s almost impossible to grasp the full concept of mula bhanda.
If you are in downward dog and want to know if your alignment is correct, I can see by the placement of your shoulders, hands and feet if you need adjustments. I can physically show you what needs to be done in order to improve your posture.
Now, physically adjusting your mula bhanda, on the other hand, is not exactly appropriate in your average yoga class, leaving many yogic practitioners slightly confused when trying to clearly understand the concept.
A Jade Egg can be a woman’s greatest internal guru for her yoga practice
As a Jade Egg is a physical item that is inside the yoni during practice, the vaginal strength gained from its use will help you to deeply understand your intimate anatomy, sense and isolate the different areas of muscles and fully grasp the deepest level of .
Once familiar with how the muscles work, you can start to identify what is needed to activate mula bhanda.
- Stand with your egg inserted. Gently activate only the muscles that hug the egg. Do a gentle pulsing and keep all other muscles relaxed.
- Next try this without the egg. Gently pulse your muscles as if you were still holding the egg. Keep all other muscles relaxed.
- During your yoga practice, gently activate these muscles when holding a powerful pose.
- Keep trying to master this and sooner or later the wisdom will unfold and voila! Mula Bhanda, Baby!
Is Mula Bhanda and a Jade Egg practice the same thing?
No, it’s not. Mula bhanda is a yogic practice that has it’s roots in India and Jade Eggs are a Taoist practice that has it’s roots in China. Though both practices aim to prevent vital life force from leaking out of the body to help refine the prana or chi (life force) into higher spiritual energy.
Mula Bhanda is practiced with focused attention to activate the kegal muscles. When using a Jade Egg the muscle activation happens naturally to keep the egg in place.
I recommend alternating days with and without the egg if you practice yoga a lot. Using the egg every time you show up to the mat may prevent you from fully learning how to do Mula bhanda in the traditional way it’s taught. Use the egg to help you learn and understand this practice – but try to do it correctly without also.
Please also see our article on How to Breathe Passion into your Jade Egg Practice for an awesome meditation exercise that is brilliant to combine with your yoga practice.
How is incorporating a Taoist practice into yoga beneficial?
The Taoist system regards the sexual organs as the roots of life connected to all other glands and organs. When you combine your Jade Egg and yoga practice you will begin to gradually restore sexual, creative and generative energy and transform them into refined Chi. This Chi can be used for creating a more conscious lifestyle through the innermost level of the subtle body; the ananda (bliss) level.
“Svatmarama”, author of the authoritative “Hatha Yoga Pradipika” (Light on Hatha Yoga), states: “There is no doubt that by practicing mula bandha… total perfection is attained.”
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