What are Bandhas & How Do They Improve Meditation? - Featured from DailyLife.com!

Posted on March 12, 2019

A bandha, known as a body lock in the yoga world, helps move the energy (often referred to as prana) in your body from one place to another. Specifically, bandhas help raise your energetic frequency to deepen your meditation by activating the upper chakras.

Chakras are the energy centers in the body through which our prana flows, and they are linked to our emotions as well as our physical health. As we move energy to the upper chakras (including the Throat chakra, the Third-Eye, and the Crown), we raise our energetic vibes and improve our health. Using bandhas in meditation also activates your intuition and your spiritual center.

Maybe this term is totally new to you, but for those practice meditation regularly, bandhas are an absolute must. In fact, bandhas are the yogi’s secret to making the body lighter for handstand presses and arm balances. If you’ve ever watched someone seem to float up off of their feet and onto their hands, you’ve probably seen a bandha in action. But today, we’ll stick to the basics of bandhas so you can start using them in your meditation practice.

The Root Lock - Mula Bandha

The mula bandha or root lock is done by pulling the navel, rectum, and sex organs up and in. It feels like you are stopping the flow of urination - if you’ve heard of or tried kegels, it’s a very similar feeling to that. This bandha moves energy from the lower two chakras (the Root and the Sacral chakras) up towards the Heart chakra. You can hold this bandha during meditation while chanting mantras and keep it engaged to help you focus internally and clear your mind of distractions. It also stimulates the health of the reproductive organs and spinal fluid.

The root lock is often used doing pranayama breathing exercises or at the end of meditation to seal it.

Note: This lock is not to be done while menstruating or pregnant.

The Diaphragm Lock - Uddiyana Bandha

The diaphragm is located just below where the ribs meet. This bandha is only to be done when holding the breath after an exhale, but not during regular meditation. It massages your stomach and heart, stimulating the Solar Plexus and Heart chakras. This means this bandha can improve self-love, forgiveness, confidence, and willpower.

After exhaling, pull your abdomen up and in, lift the chest, and press the lower spine forward. A word to the wise though, don’t practice this right after eating because it doesn’t feel good. Only hold the breath after the exhale for 10 seconds to 60 seconds maximum.

Note: This lock is not to be done while menstruating or pregnant.

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Shannon Yrizarry has taught metaphysical subjects since 2013 including the deeply esoteric lineage of kundalini yoga. She has worked as a healer, clairvoyant and card reader and be… Read More »

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