Uddiyana or Uddiyanabandha Mudra

By : Tashia Anderson | : 14 September, 2020
Uddiyana or Uddiyanabandha Mudra

Uddiyana or Uddiyanabandha Mudra

 

Etymology and Origins of Uddiyana

Uḍḍiyanbandha is a Sanskrit word. It is also called an abdominal lock or upward-lifting lock. It is the abdominal bandha mudra as described and employed in hatha yoga, which is in particular in the nauli purification. It is also called Uddiyanbandha Mudra. It is said in classical Indian Yogic texts that it can even defy death. This Yoga best strengthens your digestive and bowel system.

 

How to do Uddiyana?

 

Step by Step Instructions of Uddiyana

  • First, you have to stand up straight keeping your feet 18 inches apart.

  • Then lower your trunk forward slightly, place your hands just above your knees as shown in the picture.

  • Now you have to exhale completely, bent forward, contract and squeeze the front position of the abdomen inside as if the lower abdomen becomes concave.

  • Keep this position as long as you can without inhaling, bending slightly forward as if your ribs can be counted.

  • Then gradually inhale and slowly come back to your original standing position.

  • Relax fully with normal breathing for some seconds.

  • Do it 3 to 4 times in one go.

  • Later on, you can do it 5 to 6 times.

  • Some people do in sitting position also. But the standing pose is best.

  • Be careful that you have to be in an empty stomach.

 

Benefits of Uddiyana

 

Anatomical Focus and Disease Control

  • Actually, it saves people from premature death.

  • Regular practice of this Yoga keeps even an old man youthful, free from disease. Even if it is partly an exaggeration, since it keeps up the Liver, Spleen, Stomach, Pancreas and the Kidneys as also the testes and ovaries in the best conditions, you remain youthful.

  • It involves pulling the abdomen under the rib cage by complete exhale, belly fat gets diluted.

  • This also mitigates your irritable bowel syndrome.

  • In essence, your blood becomes purified.

  • Your digestive system gets invigorated.

  • This Mudra revitalizes the important glands of Agni, which is Fire (Liver, Spleen, Pancreas etc.) and the glands of Baruna (sex glands, Kidneys, Adrenals etc.).

  • This Yoga protects you from the attack of diseases like Constipation, Indigestion, Colic, Biliary Colic, Hernia, Duodenal Ulcer, Appendicitis and Abscess.

  • It also prevents nocturnal emissions of boys, that is night falls, or erotic dreams and release of semen.

  • Uddiyana Mudra is especially helpful for boy students as their memory and concentration power get boosted.

 

Benefits for Girls & Women

  • This Mudra invigorates the important glands of Agni, which is Fire (Liver, Spleen, Pancreas etc.) and the glands of Baruna (sex glands, Kidneys, Adrenals etc.). As a result, girls and women remain younger for a long time.

  • Your ovary remains active for a long.

  • This Yoga protects you from the attack of diseases like Constipation, Indigestion, Colic, Biliary Colic, Hernia, Duodenal Ulcer, Appendicitis and Abscess. As a result, skins remain smooth and glowing.

  • It is very special for girls and women as it helps in curing Dysmenorrhoea, Leucorrhoea etc.

  • It also prevents nocturnal emissions of girls, which is night falls or erotic dreams.

  • Uddiyana Mudra is especially helpful for girl students as their memory and concentration power get boosted.

 

Precautions

  • Do not practice it with food in the stomach.

  • Do practice it after waste matters (feces) are discharged from the bowels.

  • So an empty body is necessary.

 

Image Source: Yogic Therapy -- Srimat Swami Shivananda Saraswati

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Tashia Anderson
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