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Upward Abdominal Lock

Angle-Based Images: Upward Abdominal Lock Video
Angle-Based Images: Upward Abdominal Lock Video
Angle-Based Images: Upward Abdominal Lock Video
Angle-Based Images: Upward Abdominal Lock Video
Angle-Based Images: Upward Abdominal Lock Video
Upward Abdominal Lock: Step 1
Step 1 Begin standing with your feet just wider than hip's distance apart.
Upward Abdominal Lock: Step 2
Step 2 Bend your knees and allow your palms to rest on your thighs. Take a big inhale, opening your chest.
Upward Abdominal Lock: Step 3
Step 3 Exhale out your mouth and arch your spine like Cow and release all of the air out.
Upward Abdominal Lock: Step 4
Step 4 Close your mouth, and instead of inhaling, retain your breath, round your spine like a cat, and engage your navel to your spine. Flare your ribs out in the action of "mock inhaling" (without actually taking air in) and hollow the belly. Retain your breath here for 10–15 seconds and then release.
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Progressions & Variations

Tips

Practice this lock on an empty stomach. Not recommended for pregnant women or anyone with stomach or intestinal ulcers, hernia, high blood pressure, glaucoma, or heart disease.

Benefits

Is alleged to stimulate digestion, increase circulation and massage internal organs. Retains, stimulates, and lifts prana.

Modifications

For maximum bandha benefit, and prana retention, after practicing for quite some time, and getting comfortable with them, try taking all three, referred to as maha bandha. First, mula, then uddiyana, then jalandhara. To release, reverse the order.

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