Focus on Bandha

Kate ODonnell

Bandha, a subtle engaging of the lower abdomen and floor of the pelvis, is an integral aspect of the Ashtanga method, to stabilize 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. Practice includes sun salutations, abridged standing sequence, light backbending, and rest.