By Gillian B
When I was in the midst of my worst digestive troubles, I sought out the guidance of an Ayurvedic practitioner. Having tried many different approaches with very little success, I was ready for a miracle!
Among suggesting some dietary changes, and a ghee and kitchari-based home cleanse the practitioner recommended, he reminded me of a pranayama exercise called Uddiyana Bandha (“upward flying lock”), and instructed me to do it several times each morning in moments where I needed some relief.
Uddiyana Bandha was something that I had learned in my yoga teacher training in great depth, but it wasn’t apart of my regular practice. However, upon revisiting it and experiencing instant relief from the dull aching pain under my right rib cage (where the liver and gallbladder are located), I knew I needed to add it into my morning practice.
In my personal experience, Uddiyana Bandha has been the single most effective pranayama exercise for improving my digestion. It was very empowering to know that I could find relief without medication whenever my nagging liver pain arose.
I also discovered The Amazing Liver Gallbladder Flush Protocol, and have been using it in conjunction with Uddiyana Bandha, other pranayama practices, and of course yoga to heal myself from the inside out.
As the result of stimulating the digestive organs, Uddiyana Bandha can also be used therapeutically for constipation and indigestion (1).
- This breath work does take a bit of practice because it’s counterintuitive.
- Instead of just resting your hands on your knees in a standing or kneeling position, press the base of your palms firmly against the very tops of the thighs (just below the hipbones). This downward pressure on the femur bones will create length in the torso and a slight hollowing of your lower belly (1).
- This practice can also be done from a reclined position (which is called Tadagi Mudra). Or, as you will see in my video tutorial, it can be done from bridge pose (more suitable for advanced practitioners or under supervision) (1).
Benefits of this powerful practice (1):
- Tones the abdominal muscles and encourages flexibility in the diaphragm.
- Gently massages whole abdominal organs, solar plexus, heart and lungs.
- Increases digestive capacity and metabolism.
- Improves the digestive, assimilative, and eliminative processes.
- This exercise manually flushes the digestive and eliminative organs such as the liver and gallbladder of toxins, supplying them with fresh blood and nutrients (2).
- Stimulates circulation in the belly and encourages better blood flow to the brain.
Cautions and contraindications (1):
- Stomach or intestinal ulcers
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
Are you ready to experience Uddiyana Bandha and instantly boost your liver and gallbladder function? Give my tutorial a try
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