Bandhas are energetic locks that contain the prana. There are three bandhas, and they are basically muscular contractions that help you to breathe, focus on your awareness, keep your body strong.

1. Jalandhar Bandha:

Jalandhar Bandh contains two words, ‘Jala’ means ‘net’ and ‘Dhar’ means ‘to hold’. In this bandha the network of energy channels or nadis of the body is locked. This bandha is also known as chin lock. Bandha' (bond, arrest) Pranayama Yoga


Steps of Jalandhar Bandha:

1. Sit in a comfortable pose.

2. Place the palms on the knees and make sure that the knees are firmly touching the floor.

3. Close your eyes and relax the body. Breathe normally.

4. Now inhale slowly and deeply and then hold the breath.

5. Raise your chin without tilting the head as far as possible.

6. Now, bend forward slowly and push your head and neck to the chest.

7. Now, contract your neck and throat muscles at the same time.

8. Lower your chin and place it on the jugular notch.

9. Keep your chin down.

10. Contract the throat and neck muscles and keep your back straightened.

11. Look at the tip of your nose.

12. Be in this position for some time.

13. Raise your chin and neck to revert to the starting position.

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Jalandhar Bandha

Benefits of Jalandhar Bandha:

1. Jalandhara Bandha presses against two important glands – the thyroid and the para thyroid glands. These two glands regulate the body metabolism.

2. This posture works the spinal cord. It enhances blood circulation, thereby improving the health of your spinal cord.

3. The posture can help improve your capacity to focus.

4. It helps free the shoulders, and aligns the upper spine properly.

Precaution Jalandhar Bandha:

1. Don’t try it if you are suffering from breathing problems.

2. If you have either low or high blood pressure avoid this.

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2. Uddiyana Bandha:

Uddiyana Bandha is practiced by pulling the abdomen inwards after exhalation and holding the breath outside. In this Bandha, the abdominal muscles presses the organs in the abdomen against the wall behind the organ, next to the spinal column.  Bandha' (bond, arrest) Pranayama Yoga

Steps of Uddiyana Bandha:

1. Stand with feet hip distance apart and rest hands on knees.

2. Bend knees and head slightly.

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3. Exhale completely with force. Notice that you do this pressing in with both your chest and abdomen.

4. Hold your breath and do not let any air into your lungs.

5. Inhale through nose and exhale forcefully. Tighten abs to push air out of lungs.

6. Focus on hollowing your stomach and feeling abdominal lift.

7. Lower chin to chest like in jalandhar bandha.

8. Hold for 5 to 15 seconds. Release abdominals, lift chin and breathe normally.

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Uddiyana Bandha

9. Perform at least 3 more rounds. Take rest after each round.

Benefits of Uddiyana Bandha:

1. It strengthens abdominal muscles and diaphragm.

2. Increases lungs capacity.

3. Improves the coordination between voluntary and involuntary nervous system.

4. Massages abdominal muscles.

5. Massages vital organs such as heart, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidneys, gall bladder and thus enhance their performance.

6. Improves digestion.

7. Purifies digestive tract of toxins.

8. Stimulates blood flow to the brain.

Precaution Uddiyana Bandha:

1. Persons suffering from stomach or intestinal ulcers should not perform this bandh.

2. Hernia patients should not perform this bandh.

3. Persons suffering from high blood pressure and heart diseases should avoid this bandh.

4. Person suffering from Glaucoma should not try this.

5. Should not be done during pregnancy and menstruation.

3. Mula Bandha:

It is also known as root lock. It is practiced at the root of spine. Through the practice of this bandha we can gain a certain amount of control over this energy. It eliminates bodily ailments along with the increase of the vital energy. Bandha' (bond, arrest) Pranayama Yoga

Steps of Mula Bandha:

1. Sit erect on the carpet in Siddhasana, pressing well the perineum with the left heel.

2. Keep your back erect, your neck straight and your head pointing forwards.

3. Take a deep breath.

4. Now exhale slowly. As you exhale, first tighten the muscles around your anus and then your pelvic floor muscle and your sphincter muscles.

5. Intensify the contraction as you exhale completely.

6. Now, bend forward slowly and push your head and neck to the chest.

7. Hold this pose for a few seconds and then release as you inhale.

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Mula Bandha

Benefits of Mula Bandha:

1. This bandh prevents piles.

2. Mool Bandha improves the secretion of glands situated in the lower abdominal are of the body.

3. It stimulates the digestive power in the naval region.

4. It purifies, balances, and energizes, the pelvic and urogenital region.

5. This is an important Bandh for celibacy.

6. Mool Bandha improves concentration power.

7. Our nerves and breath are brought under control.

8. It removes the weakness of excretory organs and dispels with constipation.

9. It can help to relieve depression.

Precaution Mula Bandha:

1. People suffering from hernia should not perform this bandha.

2. Women suffering from gynecological problems should consult their doctor before performing this bandha.

3. Practice mool bandh on an empty stomach.



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