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 meant for beginners.  

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BANDHA| बंध

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. 

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Bandha: A Beginner's Guide
to Yoga Body Locks

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The Physiological and Energetic 
Benefits of Body Locks 

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.

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"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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