The Bandhas day 4 - exploring Maha bandha

The four bandhas are core energetic practices that are used to awaken, channel and focus energy, enhancing our daily well-being and opening gateways to more subtle realms. The day is designed for both sincere yoga practitioners and also yoga teachers (who can use the training towards their CPD, continued professional development).

Tutor(s): Swami Krishnaprem, assisted by Tulsi

The bandhas are key practices of hatha yoga - which also includes asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practices) and mudras (subtle gestures). They also play a significant role in more subtle energetic forms of yoga such as Kriya Yoga. The Sanskrit word ‘bandha’ means to 'lock’, or to ‘hold’. Their practice adds a new dimension to pranayama, redirecting the flow of prana/ life force and heightening energy in specific areas. They naturally induce inner stillness and are therefore excellent preparations for meditation. Their influence extends through the physical, energetic, and mental bodies. 

The 4 bandhas are Jalandhara (neck lock/ release), Moola (pelvic floor lock/ release), Uddiyana (abdominal lock/ release) and Maha (the great lock/ release).

The course runs over four separate days, covering each of the four bandhas in turn. Each day will comprise the following aspects:

  • systematic guidance on the practice of the specific bandha
  • a yoga class to prepare for the bandha practice pranayama practices such as Kapalabhati (cleansing breath), Bhastrika (energising breath) and others, that can be used in association with the bandha
  • a guided yoga nidra
  • subtle ways of enhancing the bandha practice to more subtle levels
  • a final satsang (questions and answers)

This final of the four days covers Maha bandha. Called the 'great' bandha, it integrates all of the previous three bandhas into one practice, using external retention of the breath (bahir kumbhaka). As such it incorporates all of the benefits of the individual bandhas, resulting in a increased vitality, a clear energetic focus, spaciousness and stillness; a potent gateway into the meditative state. 

Each of the days is set at £50, and if you book 3 of the 4, you will automatically be invited to the 4th day free of charge. 

These four days will give you comprehensive training in the different bandhas, enhancing your yoga practice and daily well-being, and also opening you to more subtle inner experiences. 

Tantra approaches the issue of higher experience by being a friend of the mind and not an enemy. Therefore, no matter what a yogi’s personal philosophy may be, the three bandhas are considered as important as eating and sleeping and are as well-known as the ABC.

From the commentary on Hatha Yoga Pradipika (3:76), by Swami Muktibodhananda, Bihar School of Yoga

Contra Indications
All the previous contraindications of the individual bandhas also apply to maha bandha. 

Previous experience in Jalandhara bandhaUddiyana bandha and Moola bandha.

Further information

The course will be delivered via zoom and the sessions for the day will be at the following times:
7.30-9am, 10.15-11.30, 12-1pm, 2.45-3.30 and 4-5pm, all U.K. times.

All  the sessions will be recorded and made available to all participants  in both video and audio formats. They are offered as a helpful resource following the day, and also for those who need to miss any of the sessions during the day. 

Bookings will close at 5pm the previous day.

Course information

Sunday 13 February 2022, 07:30
Sunday 13 February 2022, 17:00
Swami Krishnaprem, assisted by Tulsi

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