Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bandhas/Mula Bandha

Over the past several weeks, we have been integrating Bandha practice into our Asana/Pranayama practice. First, we started with the Mula (Root) Bandha and then have worked our way upward through the body, including Uddayani, Jihva and Jalandhara Bandha. There has also been an emphasis on Ujjayi Pranayama.

As requested, I am posting one of many articles that may be found online regarding Bandha practice. I especially want to recommend the last paragraph. In particular, please consider the two concepts of Antara and Bahya Sadhana.

The link to the article is


  1. Yes, the focused concentration on this added effort in the pose does make for greater mental awareness. In this brief (so far) practice, I have already experienced some sense of what is meant here by the internalizing of the asana rather the external look of it: learning to feel/see it within as well as without. With levity and lightness, of course!

  2. N. Amaste,
    Beautifully expressed. I, too, have felt the enhanced awareness. Especially, through greater Concentration (Dharana) and Focused Concentration (Dhyana). After practicing Bandhas for several weeks, on and off the mat, Asana/Pranayama practice feels sadly incomplete. As though, there is a more substantive practice with combining Bandha - Ujjayi Pranayama practice.