Three Locks/Gates

Mulbandh Monday

I finally experienced the correct root lock (mulbandh) in Guru Meher’s class on Monday. I needed his tutorial because I was missing the last of three parts, I was missing the lower abdominal contraction. I was missing my top end of the whole root lock combination. I have now found my navel center. Experiencing my navel as an independent center of gravity for the first time is like experiencing real yoga breathing for the first time.  I’m on fire with the energy and excitement of yoga again.


pelvic contractionLow

The low center of gravity theory of the martial arts, boxing and Tree Pose in Hatha yoga is taught by grounding with the navel center. Previously I had only been applying the first two elements of anal and genital contraction and so by adding lower abdominal contraction to my spine I have completed the mulbandh and found a new source of physical and spiritual strength.

The Hatha yoga method of mulbandh utilizes Tree Pose: 


Yogi Bhajan on the Locks

The Aquarian Teacher, p. 107

It is a fundamental law of most exercises in Kundalini yoga that you will apply mulbandh. Though it is not asked for in detail in all instances. You will be told to put yourself in a posture with a certain sound current and a certain breathing pattern. But all the kriyas have certain things in common which are assumed. First is the proper posture and second the locks You are required to apply these three locks properly and appropriately. Then one is said to be in the state of mahabandh-the Great Lock. This yoga was designed carefully by saints and masters and is the fastest route to elevation and happiness.

Mulbandh Application

Root Lock is a smooth motion that consists of three parts
To apply Root Lock:

1.  First contract the anal sphincter. Feel the muscles lift upward and inward.
2.  Once these muscles tighten and move, contract the area around the sex organ. This is experienced as a slight lift  and rotation of inward of the pubic bone. It is like trying to stem the flow of urine through the urethral track.
3.  Then contract the lower abdominal muscles and the naval point toward the spine.

  • These three actions applied together in a smooth, rapid, flowing motion is the mulbandh.
  • This lock can be applied with the breath retained in or out.
  • Root Lock is sometimes applied throughout a meditation or exercise. This is possible because the muscle groups used are distinct from the muscles used for upper breathing or torso movements.

What the Root Lock Transforms:
  • The key function is the blending of the prana and apana at the naval center. The mulbandh redirects the apana from its normal course downward to the First Chakra. There it joins the downward flow of pranic energy at the navel. When these meet an inner heat, or tapa is created, which then opens the entrance to the sushmana, the central channel for energy flow up the spine.
  • It starts the process of transformation from gross to subtle.
  • It stimulates the proper flow of spinal fluid.

By Dean McAdams

Born a poor peckerwood in a Tujunga holler, Dean practiced secrets of the ancient & modern masters to end up liberated in the coastal paradise of West L.A.