A huge contributor to front-chain dominance in our society is the swollen colon. 

The erector muscles in the lower back are connected to the muscles of the pelvic floor and the urethra, the muscles we use for the Mula Bandha (root lock). 

Most people have great difficulty applying this bandha and holding it when they first get started with breathwork. This is a symptom of swollen colon. When the colon is stuffed and swollen, there is resistance against the muscular contraction. Over time, we fail to build strength in those muscles due to lack of use. You become muscularly handicapped in this area from chronic overeating. 

The muscles in the lower back that we use to keep the hips back and to decompress the spine are mentally connected to the muscles of the pelvic floor. Since started to train back chain dominance I’ve strengthened the mind-muscle connection with those erector muscles, and I find that as I consciously engage those muscles, the muscles of the pelvic floor and even the rib cage (when I’m exhaling) are simultaneously consciously engaged. 

The rib cage muscles used for the uddiyana bandha (stomach vacuum) are also mentally connected to the mula bandha muscles of the pelvic floor.

So since the muscles of the pelvic floor are not being consciously engaged from the swollen colon, our ability to fully exhale and pull the diaphragm in and our ability to remain in the back chain are both compromised. Unconsciousness begets more unconsciousness. This is why your average person will find great challenge in the mula bandha, back chain dominance exercises and in uddiyana bandha practice when they first start. 

If we want to restore ease and fluidity in a whole-istic fashion and optimize our hueman vehicles, we must consider the breathwork, the fluid movement practices, and each of the other pillars of TCM Wholeistic Ease. 

Here is a video that explains more about the swollen colon as it relates to other aspects of health:

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