Introduction to Lock (Bandha)

Bandhas or locks are used frequently in Kundalini Yoga. Bandhas are combinations of muscle contractions, and each has the function of changing blood circulation, nerve pressure, and the flow of cerebral spinal fluid. They also direct the flow of psychic energy, prana, into the main energy channels that relate to raising the kundalini energy. They concentrate the body's energy for use in consciousness and self-healing. There are three important locks: 
  1. Neck Lock (Jalandhar Bandh)
  2. Diaphragm Lock (Uddiyana Bandh)
  3. Root Lock (Mulbandh)
When all three locks are applied simultaneously, it is called the Great Lock, Mahabandh.

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