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                  “Jalandhara Bandha” means to block the passage of water flow in the throat. This is also a type of retention exercise and is considered as the highest type.

Instructions :

  1. Sit in Padmasana, Siddhasana rather than Sukhasana. The reason being that both knees touch the ground equally. This also induces sufficient blood flow to the genitals and strengthens the nerves.
  2. Bend the right leg and place it above the left thigh, and bend the left leg and place it above the right thigh. Both heels should touch the lower stomach region. Both knees should touch the ground equally. This is Padmasana.
  3. “Siddhasana” means, “bending the left leg and placing the left heel straight in front of anus. Now bend the right leg and place the right heel in front of the left heel. All the fingers should be placed in order. The knees of both legs should touch the ground. The back should be straight. This is “Siddhasana.”
Technique :

  1. To do “Jalandhara Bandha” use Padmasana or Siddhasana posture. Bring both hands and place them on knee joints parallel to each other.
  2. Straighten the head, close the eyes and through both nostrils take a deep breath.
  3. Now, slowly bend the head forward and press the chin to touch the chest region to retain breath. Relax the shoulder to retain breath properly.
  4. In this stage, depending upon your body capacity and breathing capacity, retain the breath for a few seconds.
  5. After retaining, bring back the head to the original straight position and exhale air slowly.
  6. While the chin is pressing the chest region, both inhalation and exhalation should be stopped. Only retention should be done. The whole concentration should be only on retained breath and lung region. This is termed as “Jalandhara Bandha.” 
This can be done 5-10 times. During practise, it should be slow and step-by-step, to get the full benefit.
Advantages :
  1. By doing Jalandhara Bandha, oxygen supply increases in the medulla oblongata region of the head and it gets refreshed.
  2. It stimulates the king of endocrine glands, “Pineal and Pituitary” to secrete properly and it regulates the genital organs.
  3. Since genital organs and Jalandhara Bandha have nexus with each other, this exercise has to be done at least 10 times to fetch good results.
People with cardiac ailments, blood pressure, and cervical spondylosis should consult physicians and then exercise accordingly.

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