Ramesh Tarun Narine
Uddiyana Bandha5 min
Some benefits include increasing digestive fire, strengthening the lungs, and helping abdominal diseases and menstrual disorders. How could this be?
The diaphragm separates the abdomen (belly) from the thorax (chest). It has a central tendon that does not attach to a bone, the only one of its kind in the body, and moves with the wave-like characteristic of a jellyfish, or a parachute unfolding. The diaphragm attaches to the heart, psoas, quadrates lumborum and both the ascending and descending colon, and originates at the pelvic floor. Mobilizing the breath with intent like this helps relax internal tissues through the myofascial network.
How: This practice may be found seated or standing. For beginners, placing the hands on the thighs, with fingers turned in can help to relax the abdomen. With the body relaxed, inhale, then exhale fully. A slight retention, with the breath held out, then smooth and relaxed inhale. This completes one round. Practice 5-10 rounds for one month before integrating into Tribandha.
On a subtle level, you may visualize the energy found in the abdomen, rising through the spine to the crown.