Bandha (yoga)

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Mode of action of bandhas and mudras, serving to trap energy-fluids (breath, prana, bindu, amrita) and thus help to unblock the central sushumna channel[1]

A Bandha is a "body lock" in Hatha Yoga, being a kind of mudra.[2][3]

Maha Bandha ("the great lock") combines all the other three bandhas, namely:[4]

In Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, these three Bandhas are considered to be one of the three key principles of yoga practice.[5]


  1. ^ Mallinson & Singleton 2017, pp. Chapter 6, especially pages 228–229.
  2. ^ Mallinson, James; Singleton, Mark (2017). Roots of Yoga. Penguin Books. pp. 230–231, 237–242. ISBN 978-0-241-25304-5. OCLC 928480104.
  3. ^ Sanskrit text and English translation of the Pancham Sinh edition at ( pp. 95-127
  4. ^ Maheshwarananda, Paramhans Swami (2000). "Maha Bandha". Yoga in daily Life - The System. Ibera Verlag - European University Press. p. 429. ISBN 3-85052-000-5.
  5. ^ "Ashtanga Yoga Shala NYC - On Pranayama, Bandha and Drishti". Archived from the original on 26 November 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.