Saturday, September 29, 2012

Kino on how to float using the bandhas; Do flies engage their bandhas when hovering around?

In my previous post, Danielle commented that "mula bandha arises from the tension of opposing forces in every pose," and "that movement generates a sort of tension in the pelvic area that's more energetic than muscular."

When I read these words, I immediately thought of something Kino said in some video somewhere about using the bandhas as a sort of "steering wheel" to steer one's body in the Suryas. I couldn't find the exact video in which she said that (gosh, she must have, like, millions of video out there by now; if the human race were to become extinct one day, and alien archeologists were to land on this planet, they will very likely find Kino's videos, and will be able to learn yoga from them...), but this one above comes pretty close. In fact, it's better in some ways. In this short video taken at a workshop, Kino explains how to use the bandhas in concert with the simultaneous pulling and rooting forces in the legs to generate the power along what she calls the "central axis" to lift off and float. If you think this sounds like a lot of information, that's because it is! Gosh! She certainly packs a lot of information into a minute and a half. I think I'll need to watch the video a few more times to really integrate and digest all this info. I hope you enjoy the video too.


In other news: Over the last week, I have noticed that a neither-here-nor-there post that I wrote on a whim last year about why flies suck more blood than is good for them has been getting a lot of hits. I'm pretty sure the people who stumbled upon that post from google-land have no interest in reading my quasi-philosophical pontifications about flies; they probably just googled "flies" (maybe because of the weather?) and found themselves the unwitting victims of my useless musings. But I still find it pretty funny, anyway. Not that you'd care, but I just thought I'd share, anyway.

Hmm... now I wonder if flies engage their bandhas when they are hovering around? :-)   


  1. Trying to form an image of a bunch of Gymnasts standing around the beam talking about bandhas and the central axis....nope, can't picture it.

    1. Funny you should mention this. I remember watching the Olympics and thinking that those gymnasts are really engaging some serious uddiyana and mula bandhas, even if they don't know that's what they are doing...