Focus on Bandha

With
Kate ODonnell

Bandha—a subtle engaging of the lower abdomen and floor of the pelvis—is an integral aspect of the Ashtanga method for stabilizing the mind and body. This practice begins with a “cross-training” exercise to help find the regions of uddiyana and mulabandha, then uses specific imagery and constant reminders to engage the center of the body not only in the postures, but in the dynamic transitions between them. The practice includes sun salutations, an abridged standing sequence, light backbending, and final relaxation.