How Bandhas Control the Flow of Prana Through the Body

In our first blog on bandhas, bandhas were defined as the ‘co-contraction of opposing muscles around a joint’. Bandhas can be used to stabilize joints while moving through our yoga asana practice; making sure the body is safe and supported while we explore. Moving deeper into the body, bandhas can also be understood as energetic locks that control the flow of prana (life force, life energy, consciousness) through the body. Bandhas work in this way by creating high and low pressure systems within the body, wherein information and consciousness will flow away from a high pressure system, into a low pressure system.

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