Within the yoga practice, there are several “locks,” or bandhas, that work to support, structure, and soften any given pose. The root lock, also known as mula bandha, involves accessing and understanding the musculature of the pelvic floor.

Related: Yoga Poses to Strengthen the Pelvic Floor

In this video, Jessica Walden, an Ashtanga yoga teacher based in Encinitas, California, unpacks the importance of using these muscles, and guides us through a short meditation to help access the subtlety of the practice. This meditation will help to develop the  awareness necessary to engage and disengage the muscles of the pelvic floor, while flowing through your yoga practice.

Lead Photo: Hailey Wist; Oufitted: Lolë Women