The Maha Bandha: The Gate Keeper

The “Great Lock” or the Maha Bandha is the practice of engaging the Mula Bandha, Uddyana Bandha, and the Jalandhara Bandha. The Maha Bandha makes me think of the scene in Ghostbuster (1984) with Sigourney Weaver (who plays Dana) and Bill Murray when she is inhabited by Zuul “The Gate…

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Jalandhara Bandha: The Holy Grail

Jalandhara Bandha

The Jalandhara Bandha is to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as Uddiyana Bandha is to The Wizard of Oz. A pop culture reference to help you remember. The Jalandhara Bandha translates into the upward pulling net. It’s associated with the Vishuddha Chakra (throat chakra). …who drinks the water I…

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Mula Bandha: Unlocking the Pelvic Floor

Mula Bandha

Ah, the Mula Bandha what is it and where is it? Mula translates into root, and bandha into lock, connection or union. The root is considered to be the pelvic floor anatomically. I think when we are discussing the pelvic floor we should think of the Mula Bandha as a…

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Sthira and Sukha: The Key Elements to Asana

Sthira

Master your breath, let the self be in bliss, contemplate on the sublime within you.- Krishnamacharya What does it take to embrace your physical practice? What key elements are required? Well, according to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra’s the Asana practice has two key elements: Sthira and Sukha. Sthira is being steady…

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Anandamaya Kosha: You are Bliss

Vijnanamaya kosha (1)

Master your breath, let the self be in bliss, contemplate on the sublime within you. ~Krishnamacharya Have you ever been in a yoga class and heard the teacher say “Bliss is your true nature” then wondered what that even meant? In the Yoga Tradition, there are 5 Sheaths each one…

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