Bahaya Pranayama : Procedure, Duration and Benefits

Bahaya Pranayama is referred to elsewhere as "Uddiyana Bandha," which includes the abdominal lock, root lock (mulabandha) and the chin lock (Jalandhar bandha). Bahya Pranayama cures abdominal problems, Diabetes and Hernia etc.
Baba Ramdev maharaj refers to Uddiyana bandha simply as the abdominal lock. When all three locks are applied, it calls "Bahya Pranayama." Bahya pranayama should be done immediately after kapalbhati pranayama as two of these work in synergy to complement each other’s effects. Breathe air out, touch chin to chest, squeeze stomach completely and hold for a while. then release chin, breathe in slowly. Repeat the process.
Duration :
Beginners should perform Bahya Pranayama 3 to 5 times. Advanced practitioners can do 11 repetitions.However, in the winter, advance practitioners can do up to 21 repetitions
Benefits :
Good for hernia, stomach ailments, uterus prolapse and all urinary and prostate problems. Channels the energy of the root lock hernia.
Tips :
People with hypertension and heart problem should avoid performing Bahya Pranayama.

Bahaya Pranayama- Detailed description


This pranayama technique is applied in the state of "Bahya kumbhaka (suspension of breath after exhalation). Bahya Pranayama is referred to elsewhere as "Uddiyana Bandha," which includes the abdominal lock, root lock (mulabandha) and the chin lock (Jalandhar bandha). SRDM refers to Uddiyana bandha simply as the abdominal lock. When all three locks are applied, SRDM calls it "Bahya Pranayama."
Duration:
Beginners should perform Bahya Pranayama 3 to 5 times.
Advanced practitioners can do 11 repetitions.However, in the winter, advance practitioners can do up to 21 repetitions.
Begin with exhaling rapidly and completely, hold the breath,apply chin lock (Jalandhar bandha) by lowering the chin and join it with the pit of the throat. Apply abdominal lock (Uddiyana bandha) by bending forward a little and press hands on the knees for leverage. Contract the abdomen and draw it in all the way to the back. Apply root lock (mula bandha) by pulling up the pelvis and hold it up there.
Still holding the breath and the three locks in place, bend forward slightly and pull the abdominal organs as far up as you can, straighten the trunk, holding it as long as you comfortably can. When you are ready to release, bend again, release the abdominal lock and the abdominal organs (while raising the chin to exhale.) and raising the chin inhale.
Technique:
Swami Ramdev Maharaj defines the three locks in this manner:
  • Contracting the abdomen and drawing it in all the way to the back (abdominal contents float up into the lower chest) is called "Uddiyana bandha."
  • Bringing the chin to the pit of the throat is called "Jalandhar Bandha."
  • Contracting and pulling up the region below the navel (pelvic and pubic area) and sustaining the hold is called "Mulabandha.

This completes one round. Do 3 or more rounds of Bahya Pranayama.
Benefits:
Good for hernia, stomach ailments, uterus prolapse and all urinary and prostate problems. Channels the energy of the root lock
Caution:
People with hypertension and heart problem should avoid performing Bahya Pranayama.
Before you proceed with Bahya Pranayama,make sure you can suspend your breath after exhalation for at lest 10-15 seconds because it takes time to apply the chin lock and root lock, pull in the abdomen towards the back and push the abdominal organs into the chest cavity, then release them and inhale slowly. Notice how much time it takes to just say it (it takes 10 seconds to say it); doing it will take at least that much time. Do not tire yourself out. Don't do more than 4 or 5 repetitions.
Also, when you release the locks and are ready to inhale, inhale slowly. If you desperately rush into inhale, in certain conditions, you run the risk of collapsing your airways. People with gastric and intestinal disorders should use caution.
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