This "Bandhas Demystified" video explains the three most commonly used Bandhas - Mula (root lock), Uddiyana (flying up lock), Jalanhandra (cloud catching lock) - which are contractions of specific muscles coupled with precise positioning of the spine. Mula Bandha contracts your pelvic floor, Uddiyana Bandha contracts the body's center, and Jalanhandra contracts the throat area with the skull slightly tilted back directly over the spine. This Bandha practice can help develop a deeper understanding of how the breath affects the nervous system.
Brahmari: Start with seven rounds, work up to 17.
Separate teeth and place tongue tip behind them. Close ear tragus with thumb, place other fingers alongside nose and near corners of eyes, with index fingers on third eye. Breathe into chest and exhale a humming sound.
Vibrates thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary gland, and pineal gland.
Regular practice may improve thyroid function.
Pineal gland produces seratonin, melatonin, and acetylcholine.
May reduce pineal tumor.
Speeds path of enlightenment. Clears six chakras in brain.
Consciousness goes into the Akasha (space).
Clears the voice, makes it more melodious.
Awakens third eye.
Awakens Nada or Anhad Shabd (divine sound current)
“Oh dear bumblebee, stop humming, I’m losing my mind, I’m losing my body, you are taking me to the highest bliss and that bliss is overwhelming me, Oh my dear brahmari, please stop.” -Indian Saint Ganeshwar
Inhale 2/3 of capacity, then exhale forcibly through the nose by pumping the low abdomen. Focus on the exhale, as the inhale will occur spontaneously.
Massages uterus, ovaries, testes, and prostate.
Improves glomerular filtration and kidney function.
Massages Kidneys, adrenals, diaphragm, and liver.
Can decrease viral hepatitis load
Goes to bone marrow improving iatrogenisis.
Good for anemia.
Clears the mind.
Is light promoting.
*The rest between rounds improves capillary circulation and oxygenation, and strengthens the visceral organs.
**External Retention: Done at the end of each kapalabhati round, at last exhale. Exhale all the way, like in Bhastrika, then perform the chin lock, abdominal lock, and root lock. Release then pause for 2 minutes.
This episode of Namaste Yoga will focus on teaching the bandhas. We will be working with mula (or moola) bandha, uddiyana bandha and jalandara bandha. These translate as root lock, navel lock and chin lock. The bandhas are muscular contractions that help to focus the mind, channel energy through the body in specific ways and balance the nervous system. Please note contraindications to the udiyana bandha are: colitis, stomach or intestinal ulcers, diaphragmatic hernias, high blood pressure, and pregnancy. Contraindications to the jalandara bandha are: cervical spondylosis, high intracranial pressure, vertigo, high blood pressure or heart disease. ;