by Claiborne Davis
If you’ve been immersed in the yoga world for a while (or say, at least a year), then it’s likely you’ve run across the term “Uddiyana Bandha.” But maybe you haven’t. (Ooodee yoodee what?) Relax. Don’t let the Sanskrit intimidate you. It means “upward-flying lock.” It’s a core element of the “kriya” practices described in publications by the Bihar School of Yoga.
Operative word: core. Uddiyana Bandha stretches the respiratory diaphragm and, myofascially speaking, interacts with lots of abdominal tissues. Perhaps it seems parochial to focus solely on the anatomical context of this practice, but let us not forget that yoga’s outermost “kosha” (sheath of consciousness) addresses the physical (i.e., you can’t get bliss without working on the body first).
Uddiyana Bandha is like the Aston Martin of breath vehicles. Speaking of which…
Watch what happens when Agent 007 meets this famous breath-refining technique.
Claiborne Davis made a break from seven years as a television news producer to become an E-RYT 200, Integrated Yoga Tune Up teacher and group fitness instructor. A fervent follower and player of tennis, he also burns through burpees at his CrossFit affiliate, actively combats ankylophobia among the masses and continues seemingly futile efforts to make cheesecake and deep-fried jalapeños into the perfect post-workout meal. For information, go to claibornedavis.com.
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