The Secret of our Lives:
Yoga Nashit developed by taking a very careful look at women over a long period of time. It developed by looking at the changes a woman goes through throughout her life. It developed by viewing these changes as they developed via their pelvis. By taking a careful look at a woman's posture, at the way she moves during her pregnancies, births, infertility, etc I came to the conclusion that the pelvis is the ultimate source of the female experience.
The pelvis holds all our memories. It is like a vessel, which holds all our feelings and experiences. As women, some of our most important experiences as our first period, our first sexual experience, the first time we had intercourse, trying to fall pregnant, giving birth are very memorable to us. Yet, other experiences tend to accumulate inside our bodies and are stored there too, deep within ourselves. These memories are stored inside our pelvis, a place where all our secrets are kept.
When a woman is at peace with herself, her pelvis is usually balanced. In this ideal state, a woman's period should appear on time, the blood flow will be regular, no serious pain should occur, the body should be fertile, giving birth should not cause any undue problems and the transition into menopause should be relatively uneventful. In this case, the woman should not suffer from lower back pain, aches or pains. Her posture will be balanced, her stomach muscles strong enough to support her back and all will be well.
Dr. Christiane Nurthorp, in her book "Women's bodies, Women's Wisdom", claims that the pelvis is the source of a woman's creativity, or her ability to produce. When these are unrealized, or hurt, a women's entire body reacts. Slowly, over a period of time, the body in its own mystical way, is flooded with memories.
Women experience acceptance in various ways and in various forms. They tell themselves that there is no option but to continue as they have been, that they have to continue living in pain or in discomfort. Modern medicine continues to develop new ways to deal with these symptoms and even to tries and hide them. For example, lined panties, which absorb urine which has escaped, have been developed. There are certain symptoms a woman may experience, which are very serious and may seriously affect everyday life. These symptoms may even require medical treatment. Yet, only a drastic change in posture, breathing patterns, movement and consciousness will bring long term relief and will eventually enable a woman to put an end to, or lessen the damage which has occurred.
Medical aid does not treat, or repair any emotional memory buried deep within our pelvis. Only when a woman is prepared to face her past, to process what has happened to her and what she has gone through, can she reconnect with her pelvis. From here she can dedicate her time and her energy to looking at her future from a place of awareness, with a deeper, more meaningful understanding of what she has been through, even if her past experiences were exceptionally hard to bear. This connection begins with the ability to truly understand how your pelvic floor muscles work, to be able to truly grasp the workings of the Moola Bandha. When a woman makes time for such a connection to occur, she learns to communicate with the pelvis and she learns about the secrets her body would not let her forget.
How will the Moola Bandha help you?
According to The Hata Yoga Pradipika, the Moola Bandha is supposed to be kept secret, revealed only to the enlightened ones. The knowledge of the Moola Bandha is so powerful that it seems that the sages were afraid of revealing its secrets. Yet, after working on the Moola Bandha for years, I am convinced that the opposite is true. This sacred knowledge, or at least parts of it, should reach as many women as possible, if possible from the very first time a young woman gets her period. This knowledge has the power to change the daily life of any woman. There is no doubt that there is feminine power hidden within its depths.
The Moola Bandha can help with the following:
- Activating the pelvic region: with correct and precise work, over time, the Moola Bandha activates the cervix. While working, a large amount of blood flows to all pelvic organs, thereby increasing their productivity.
- Maintaining hormonal balance: usage of these muscles serves to balance the hormonal and nervous system, thereby balancing and calming. It is important to take into consideration that at first an unpleasant sensation might occur, this is because we were never taught to pay attention to, or use this important group of muscles. Thus, when first activated, sensations of frustration, anger or aggravation may occur. It is important to continue activating these muscles and not to give in to these sensations. With time, they will pass, and if you continue to use these muscles a point of balance will be reached, a handy tool will have been acquired, something which you can take with you for the rest of your life.
- Improving the performance of other systems: activating the Moola Bandha influences the digestive system, relieving lower stomach problems, and aiding certain sex related problems.
- Balancing mental states: constant practice of the Moola Bandha can, over time, help balance certain mental states, like depression. Strengthening these muscles can help stabilize many physical disorders, yet its strength lies in being able to stabilize emotional and mental disorders. Using these muscles can help a woman anchor herself, by using an internal anchor, which she can find within herself.
- Helping woman overcome chronicle pelvic pain, such as Vaginismus, which is a painful spasm of the vagina due to involuntary muscular contraction, usually severe enough to prevent intercourse. Women who practice Yoga Nashit have claimed that it helps them so much that the pain either disappears completely, or is reduced to a bearable level.
- Improved sex life: many women have reported a significant improvement of their orgasm. Work on your Moola Bandha provokes the pudenda nerve, a nerve which sprouts from your sacroiliac and reaches the vagina, clitoris, rectum and perineum. This nerve affects the feelings and movements in the area, since large amounts of blood flow into the area, the muscles are strengthened, as is the nervous system. As a result, sexual sensation is enhanced.
- Awareness of breathing patterns and the pace of life: ones breathing patterns are stabilized due to the ability to lengthen the exhale. When one is able to practice kumbhaka, internal or external breath retention, together with controlling your pelvic floor muscles, one can learn to be aware of the quality and pace of one's breath, to the way the body moves together with the breath – thereby enabling one to become aware of the pace of life we have chosen to adopt.
- Preserving lie force; yoga speaks of prana – our life force, which can be found in the chest area, and comes into existence through our breath. Another important life force is Apana, which is most active in the pelvis and lower abdomen, governs the eliminative functions (excretion, urination, menstruation) and the downward and outward flow of energy in the body. These functions are eliminated from the body through the urine, digestive system and menstrual blood. The prana, the life force "leaks" into the apana and from there it too is eliminated from the body. Elimination of prana from the body is dangerous. It may lead to lack of energy and constant weariness. Moola Bandha practice helps us avoid pranic loss, it helps us maintain our life force. Furthermore, it can help elevate the apana, as the Moola Bandha seals the downward retreat route. For this reason, a yoga practice using the Moola Bandha maintains a healthier, more balanced and livelier body.
- Experiencing easier births; The pelvic area and the apana, is responsible for contractions and for the birth itself. By strengthening the Moola Bandha, women experience stronger, more efficient contractions leading to an easier, more gentle birth. As a result, the healing process after the birth is also quicker and more effective.
- Reduced symptoms of menopause: Control of the Moola Bandha enables a woman to go through menopause, while either not experiencing any symptoms, or experiencing fewer symptoms which are typical of the age. As a result, many women have gone through menopause without the need for hormonal, or any other kind of treatment.