Get to know the band­has

Yoga Journal - - Practice Well -

There are three main band­has, or en­er­getic locks, that run along your spinal col­umn (Mula, Ud­diyana, and Ja­land­hara), two mi­nor band­has at your hands and feet (Hasta and Pada), and a combo of the three main band­has called Maha Bandha. Here, some tips for lo­cat­ing these en­ergy locks.

1 PADA BANDHA Foot Lock

Helps en­ergy rise up through the soles of your feet to bring sta­bil­ity to your legs.

2 HASTA BANDHA Hand Lock

As­sists en­ergy up through the soft cen­ter of your palms to bring strength and sta­bil­ity to your arms and up­per body.

3 MULA BANDHA Root Lock

Moves en­ergy up through the cen­ter of your pelvic floor to­ward your navel and keeps it from mov­ing down.

4 UD­DIYANA BANDHA Up­ward Ab­dom­i­nal Lock

Helps en­ergy rise up through the cen­ter of your core. This bandha lifts en­ergy, but it also in­ten­si­fies up­ward en­ergy from Mula Bandha and down­ward en­ergy from Ja­land­hara Bandha.

5 JA­LAND­HARA BANDHA Chin Lock

Re­stricts the up­ward flow of en­ergy and di­rects en­ergy down to­ward your navel when locked with your chin to­ward your chest.

MAHA BANDHA Great Lock

When Mula Bandha and Ja­land­hara Bandha are en­gaged to­gether, up­ward and down­ward en­ergy meet at your navel. With the ap­pli­ca­tion of Ud­diyana Bandha at your belly, the en­er­gies in­crease to awaken prana for pu­ri­fy­ing pur­poses.

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