You may heard already about bandhas. In this article, we will introduce you to the three yogi locks and their benefits by bringing more awareness to it on a daily level and using them regularly in your Yoga or meditation practice.
What are Bandhas?
To take about the benefits of Bandhas, we should first define what they are. Bandhas are called the locks of the body, they are intentional contractions that aim to redirect the energy flow within the body. They speed up the Kundalini energy rate, allowing us to experience higher states of consciousness.
How does energy flow take place in our bodies?
There are two channels of energy in our bodies. The first one, that flows into our body is called Prana. Apana is the channel of energy flowing out of our bodies.
There is another, a central channel called Sushmana that Prana and Apana are directed to when both energies coexist a great amount in the body.
The art of Yogic Locks
The three yogic locks used in yoga are:
- Mula Bandha
- Uddiyana Bandha, and
- Jalandhara Bandha.
These locks can be opened and closed. To retain Prana, the locks should be closed. Specific exercises are performed for each lock, emphasizing breath extension (Pranayama).
Mula Bandha also called the Root Lock, unites both Prana and Apana, two major energy flows. It increases psychical heat and balances the spirits of Yin and Yang in your body.
Uddiyana Bandha, also named Diaphragm Lock, focuses on the actual diaphragm location. It can transform Prana up to the neck and stimulate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis of the brain. It can give you a renewed feeling of youthfulness.
Jalandhara Bandha, named Throat Lock focuses only on the throat region. It is used during all chanting meditations and pranayamas. The Throat Lock straightens the cervical vertebrae and allows Prana to flow openly to the brain, activates the pituitary. Jalandhara Bandha should be performed during all Pranayam exercises to help prevent pressure from building in the eye and ear regions.
Bandhas are great for redirecting the energy flow within the body and the three yogi locks can not only give you the feeling of freshness and youthfulness but can also prevent further pressure that might arise in your body.