Bandhas in Ashtanga Yoga: the Difference Between Uddiyana Bandha & Kriya.

Via Kino MacGregor
on May 1, 2012
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Ashtanga Yoga and the bandhas—a lifelong journey into the core strength of the inner body.

One often misunderstood difference is between uddiyana bandha and uddiyana kriya. The first is from the navel down to the public bone and the second is a purification practice that can only be done on exhalation.

Watch the clip to see the difference.

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About Kino MacGregor

Kino MacGregor is an international yoga teacher, author of four books, producer of six Ashtanga Yoga DVDs, writer, vlogger, world traveler, co-founder of Miami Life Center, co-fouder of Yoga Challenge and OmStars. Kino’s dharma is to help people experience the limitless potential of the human spirit through the inner tradition of yoga. She is one of the few people in the world of yoga to embrace both the traditional teaching of India’s historic past and the popular contemporary social media channels. You can find her teaching classes and workshops all over the world and on Kino Yoga Instagram with over one million followers and on Kino Yoga YouTube channel with over 100 million views. With more than 17 years of experience in Ashtanga Yoga, she is one of a select group of people to receive the Certification to teach Ashtanga yoga by its founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and practice into the Fifth Series of Ashtanga Yoga. Practice with Kino online at OmStars.

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5 Responses to “Bandhas in Ashtanga Yoga: the Difference Between Uddiyana Bandha & Kriya.”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

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  2. Thaddeus1 says:

    A very important distinction. Thanks for continuing to provide great instruction and guidance in all details of the practice.

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  3. grimmly says:

    Thank you for highlighting the important distinction and raising the topic Kino.

    In Modern Ashtanga of course there's no longer retention after the exhalation and so no possibility to engage uddiyana kriya however in Krishanamacharya's 'original' Ashtanga there was the option of including breath retention in certain asana and this is often recommended to achieve the full benefit of the posture. Including the option of breath retention in certain asana and mudras then allows the option of engaging uddiyana kriya and again this too is suggested/recommended in certain asana.

    ‘While doing janusirsasana pull in the stomach to the extent possible. The benefits obtained will be greater. While drawing the stomach inward exhale and then hold the breath. …though it is very difficult to do this draw the stomach inside starting with the navel, keeping the focus on the nadi’s near the rectal and genitle ares carefully pulling them upwards… ‘
    Krishnamacharya Yoga Makaranda

    Uddiyana kriya isn't something those just coming to the practice would most likely be concerned about it (there's enough to worry about it) but once settled into a regular practice a more sophisticated approach to asana is something to be considered such that these techniques and approaches to practice are't lost altogether.

    As you often say in your video's Kino in relation to certain options " While not traditional (in the sense of the recent tradition) it may be something you might like to explore'.

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