The Bandhas.

 

“The reason these energy centres become blocked is due to patterns of behaviour (emotional knots) accumulated during either past lives or during our journey now,these blocks are called Granthis”

Mula Bhanda (located at the pelvic floor)

Uddianya Bandha (located in the abdomen)

Jalandhara Bandha. (Located at the pit of the throat)

The Bandhas are often called locks, locking in prana, like a pressure cooker to harness its full potential. They may be more appropriately be likened to keys, or valves allowing prana in and retaining it or preventing the leaking out of vital life force (prana) A great class to develop and understanding of bandhas is with Fran Thompson every Thursday morning.

Once retained the prana is directed through Shushumna nadi, (nadis carry prana throughout our subtle body)  the main nadi, located along the spinal column. There are also two other main nadis that are located each side of the spinal column, these are called Ida and Pingala. There are 72,000 nadis which form the subtle nervous system and this network carries the prana throughout the subtle body.

The act of harnessing prana in the main nadi is to purify the subtle nervous system for the safe passage of Kundalini energy (Kundalini is a latent Reservoir of energy located at the base of the spine).

Along this channel (Shushumna nadi) are located the main chakras which are described as energy centres or vortexes. The word chakra means wheel, and these spinning vortexes of energy relate to areas of our subtle body and are located at significant points in our gross body the effect of prana is to unblock these energy centres so they are able to spin freely.

The reason these energy centres become blocked is due to patterns of behaviour (emotional knots) accumulated during either past lives or during our journey now. These blocks are called Granthis. An example could be: a sore throat, on a subtle level may be due to a lack of you speaking your truth. The remedy would be to examine your life at that moment and to reflect on it. This does not mean you should judge yourself, it is enough to accept this concept and think about what is going on in your life as the answer will be there.

Our chakras also are located at major areas in our gross body, an example is the Solar plexus which corresponds to the third Chakra, Manipura Chakra. The Solar plexus is located behind the abdomen and below the sternum and is the largest nerve ganglion in our body and is also known as the second brain which is responsible for controlling our digestion and is the largest source of serotonin. The Manipura Chakra is associated with sun energy and its colour is yellow and also is linked with the digestive system. Through our asana practise and with the use of breath and Bandha we produce heat (called Agni) this fire not only aids our appetite and digestive processes it is there to burn impurities in our gross and physical bodies

Martin Thompson.