The name "Inner Lift" reminds us that in practicing yoga, we can lift ourselves up--physically, emotionally, and spiritually. But more than that, it refers to one of the oldest secrets of performing the physical poses of yoga, known as asana.
What's the secret? you ask.
Gosh. Maybe I shouldn't just blab it on my website. It is a secret.
No, I will. (Now you know--I'm terrible with secrets.) In Sanskrit, this "inner lift" is known as the mula bandha, translated as "root lock." It's a subtle physical and energetic lifting from the "root" of the body at the base of the torso. It's at the same location as the muladhara chakra, or the center of energy at the bottom of the spine, and also associated with the lower abdominals*, or "core" muscles.
By lifting from the base of our core, we employ the strength to safely move into and out of poses as well as hold them spectacularly. This lifting also stabilizes us and saves our back while we hike and do yoga on the trail. Forward and backward flexibility, balance, and general power and fearlessness all result from the inner lift of mula bandha.
This inner lift is a vital part of yoga practice and of my mission to help people lift themselves, hence the name. Plus, I thought a website called "mulabandhayoga.com" would weird people out.
*Like almost everything in yoga, there are conflicting opinions as to exactly where and how to engage mula bandha. If you're curious about your mula bandha, come to class and we'll help you find it.