Create an Observing Self
The Aquarian Teacher, Yogi Bhajan
| Chapter 9 | Page 110
Mastering the Root Lock
This works the lowest triangle of energy in the body. If you operate from that area you will have no separation from your actions and immediate senses. It is an area that provides you with the power of instinct and impulse. As you work the mulbandh, you will find it much easier to create an observing self. It is basic to yoga that there is the acting and the observing self. The observing self is the knower that is aware, timeless, and participates in the essence of spirit. In these exercises, create the observer with complete certainty. Allow yourself to feel all your senses very openly, but at the same time, be centered and separate. It is the royal position of the King or Queen observing all the activity of the court.
HOW TO DO IT
Self Observation Exercise I
- Sit cross-legged in Easy Pose with the spine straight. Let the hands and arms relax at the sides.
- Concentrate on the lower pelvis. Inhale and exhale deeply.
- Hold the breath out. Contract the rectum, sex organ, and naval point. Hold it tightly for five seconds. Relax with the inhale.
- Repeat the cycle several times for lengths of 5, 10, 15, and 20 seconds.
Self Exercise II
- Sit in the same manner. Keep the chest lifted and the shoulders and face muscles relaxed.
- This time inhale and exhale completely. As you restrain the breath out, pump the Navel Point in and out 26 times. Isolate the motion to the lower organs. Each contraction will tighten the Root Lock. Each relaxation will loosen the Root Lock.
- After the 26 pumps, inhale deeply. Exhale and continue.
- Continue to repeat the 26 times belly pump with mulbandh for 3 to 5 minutes.
Regular practice of these exercises gives you mastery over the Root Lock. It improves longevity, and improves the digestion. It provides a massage for the liver, kidneys, and spleen. If you do not pull the naval point and route lock 26 times a day, it is very difficult to adjust digestion and the lower spine.