Bandhas Introduction

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce bandhas, a practice to accumulate and channel prana.


Become familiar with the purpose of bandhas and why it’s inadvisable to teach bandhas in most drop-in classes.


Define the Sanskrit word “bandha” and explain its purpose. Note the category of yogic tools in which bandhas belong and describe the basic practice technique. Explain why it’s inadvisable to teach bandhas in most public classes and some consequences of incorrect bandha practice. Describe expert Maty Ezraty’s description of how knowledge of bandhas should occur. Give an example of a teaching that may be similar or related to bandhas but is best taught as distinct from the practice of bandhas.

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