The Sanskrit word bandha means to hold, bind, or lock. In yoga, bandhas refer muscle contraction techniques used in conjunction with yoga breathing or pranayama. They are not for beginners.  

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Yoga bandhas are an advanced technique used to restrict or enhance the flow of prana to desired regions. They are applied to a group of muscles in the abdomen, neck and/or pelvic floor. 

BANDHA | बन्ध

BASICS

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THEORY

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THEORY

Psycho-physiological and Spiritual Benefits of Bandhas

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THEORY

YOGA BANDHA GUIDES

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"Jalandhara bandha or the throat lock is a yoga technique of resting the chin on the chest to compress the upper esophageal sphincter during internal breath retention. It is first bandha ygois should learn." 

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"Uddiyana bandha or the abdomen lock is a yoga technique of pulling the navel in and up, towards the spine while holding the breath. You lift the diaphragm into the thoracic cavity while standing or sitting."

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"Mula bandha or Root Lock is a yoga technique of contracting the cervix or perineum during pranayama while sitting in Siddhasana. Contract the anal sphincter during breath retention and release gradually."

Prana Picks: Yoga Books

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

The Maha Bandha, called the 'giver of great powers,' is one of the most advanced yoga techniques mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. It is a combination of the three primary body locks applied simulatneously to control the flow of prana in the body. 

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