Root Lock Pose

Definition - What does Root Lock Pose mean?

An intermediate seated hip-opener, root lock pose also offers an intense stretch of the ankles, legs and feet. It is also known as perineal contraction pose or root chakra pose.

To practice this seated pose, bring the soles of the feet together with the knees dropped to either side (as in butterfly pose), then move the feet toward the body until the pubic bone can rest on them. In a fuller expression of the pose, the feet rotate so the toes point backward, behind the yogi. The hand position can vary, but typically the hands rest on the knees in chin mudra with the thumb and forefinger touching and the other three fingers extended.

In Sanskrit, root lock pose may be known as mulabandhasana.

Root Lock Pose

Yogapedia explains Root Lock Pose

Root lock pose is one of the postures in the fourth series vinyasa of Ashtanga yoga. In addition to increasing flexibility, it is believed to have these benefits:

  • Calms the mind
  • Is therapeutic for backache and mild sciatica
  • Regulates sexual energy
  • Increases confidence
  • Stimulates the digestive system
  • Tones the reproductive organs
  • Energizes the nervous system
  • Strengthens the pelvis and spine

The pose also restricts the flow of energy through the root chakra, an energy lock also known as a bandha.

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