For me, yoga is a tool to deepen my relationship with the Self.
Time and experience on the mat can shower the practitioner with many gifts. The practice is infinite and ever expanding.
The ancient yogis said, in order to master the asana practice, you must first master the bandhas (locks).
My meditation on these teachings led me to a special practice using Maha Bandha as the vehicle to expansion and contraction.
In Sanskrit, Maha means great and bandha means lock.
The most simple variation of Maha bandha incorporates moola bandha, root lock, lift of the pelvic floor, udiyanna, flying up lock, lift of the abdominal cavity and jalhandara bandha, lock of the throat. All of these locks are potent and have great benefits on their own.
Some benefits are regulating and bringing harmony to the digestive, endocrine and nervous system.
When practiced together, they purify the spinal nerve and are a gateway to deeper practices of yoga. Maha Bandha brings great clarity to the center and how prana (energy) flows through the body.
Both on and off the mat Maha Bandha will help us develop greater precision and grace.
All of life as I know it is an experience of expansion and contraction. Nature, the greatest teacher shows us through seasons that there is a time for rest, quiet, solitude and hibernation as well as a time to socialize, celebrate and go full force.
The expansion and contraction of Maha Bandha is inspired by our mother nature. With her as our guide we can deepen our sense of purpose here and continue on as, or become, warriors of peace.
Join the author Alyona Mindlin for two workshops this weekend at Yoga Tree Hayes to explore the bandhas.
ZIP UP YOUR PRACTICE AND ILLUMINATE YOUR LIFE: Uddiyana Bandha
Saturday, 1:15 – 4:15pm
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ZIP UP YOUR PRACTICE AND ILLUMINATE YOUR LIFE: Maha Bandha
Sunday, 1:15 – 4:15pm
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About the Author: Alyona Mindlin
For 20 years, the mind body heart connection has been Alyona’s key inspiration. Currently, Alyona has 700 plus hours of teacher training and assisting experience. She teaches at Kula Yoga Project and privately in NYC. Kula flow is a creative, invigorating and alignment based vinyasa flow developed by Schuyler Grant. Alyona humbly bows to the four elements, three hearts, nature’s wisdom and the initiatic path. She is grateful for her incredible present teachers, especially, Maestro Manuel Rufino. She is also very thankful for Nikki Costello, Schuyler Grant, Nikki Villela, Aarona Pichinson, Raghunath Cappo, Kevin Courtney, David Regelin and Naveen Michan.