BANDHA (Yoga)
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"The Sanskrit word bandha means to hold, bind, or lock. Yoga Bandhas refer to four internal locks - a technique to contract and hold key muscles of the abdomen or sphincters in the neck or pelvic floor. Doing so strengthens, compresses, or redirects the flow of prana - the vital breath - to the desired region. Bandhas must be performed in conjunction with pranayama, meditation, or yoga breathing. "

Yoga Bandha Guides 

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"Jalandhara bandha, also called the throat lock or chin lock, is a yoga technique of resting the chin on the chest to compress the upper esophageal sphincter. It is first bandha you should learn. Practice it during pranayama while holding the breath inside the body.

"Uddiyana bandha is a yoga technique of “pulling the navel in and up, towards the spine” to lift the diaphragm into the thoracic cavity. It can be done while standing or sitting. Practice it first while standing before you do it in pranayama while holding the breath outside the body. "

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"Mula bandha, also called the Root Lock, is a yoga technique of contracting the cervix or perineum during yoga breathing while sitting in Siddhasana (Accomplished Pose). It contracts the anal sphincter and can be applied during internal or external breath retention."

MAHA BANDHA
The Great Lock Technique

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JALANDHARA BANDHA 
THROAT LOCK

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UDDIYANA BANDHA 

ABDOMINAL LOCK

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MULA BANDHA

ROOT LOCK

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