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3 Techniques
for Engaging Mulabandha
or Core Lift

1. Begin by either standing up or lying on your back on the floor. If lying down, bend your knees and place your feet on the floor, or bring your knees up toward your chest and on hold onto them with your hands.

Inhale, and as you exhale, contract your anal and genital region and lift up through your perineal floor. Connect this lifting movement all the way through your abdomen, through your diaphragm, and into your soft palate. Inhale, release a sigh, and smile to yourself. Repeat a few times.

The next step is to isolate the perenial left and the lift that extends up through the core of your body. So, inhale, and as you exhale, again lift the pelvic floor in and up. Holding this lift, release all contraction in the anal and genital regions. With the anal and genital regions relaxed, maintain only the lift in the center of your perineum. Continue this lift through your abdomen, through your diaphragm, and into your soft palate. Breathe ujjayi and dirgha pranayama, lift your sternum, and smile to yourself. Hold at your edge of comfort.

2. Stand. Place your thumb on your navel and your hand against your abdomen. Your pinky should be touching your public bone. Place your other hand behind you on your sacrum.

First, isolate the pelvis. Rock it back and forth by first lifting the tail bone up and tilting the pubic bone down, and then tilting the tail bone down and pubic bone up. Then, release your hands to your sides. Squeeze your tailbone and pubic bone together. As you do so, you will feel a slight lift in the perineal floor and slight contraction in the abdomen. The lift can be extended up through the abdomen and to the sternum and soft palette. Relax the genitals and anus while maintaining the gentle squeeze between the pubic bone and tailbone. Relax and repeat several times until you can engage the lift at will.

3. Stand up and place a block or small cushion between your thighs. Gently squeeze the cushion and rotate your thighs outward a fraction of an inch. As you do so, you will feel a slight lift in the perineal floor and slight contraction in the abdomen. The lift can be extended up through the abdomen and to the sternum and soft palette. Relax the genitals and anus while maintaining the gentle squeeze on the cushion. Relax a repeat several times until you can engage the lift at will. Try it without the cushion.

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