Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Stomach Lift, Abdominal Lift (Uddiyana Bandha)

The Stomach Lift is considered as one of the most essential yoga which influences our psychic development and also practiced for its physical values.

Abdominal Lift (Uddiyana Bandha)

The Stomach Lift (Uddiyana Bandha)

It consists of two separate exercises.

While standing with your feet about a foot apart and your knees slightly bent, lean forwards a little from the waist and place your hands just above your knees.

Inhale deeply by pushing your abdomen forward, and then exhale by pushing your stomach in.
Don't take another breath; instead, push in your stomach even more, so that it becomes hollow, and hold your breath for about ten seconds.

Do the same as above but, instead of holding your Stomach in after exhaling, rapidly push your stomach in and out ten times without taking another breath.
Stand up straight and resume normal breathing.

Benefits The Stomach Lift (Uddiyana Bandha)
  • Massages and tones up the internal organs in the abdominal area.
  • Massages the heart which improves circulation and have less chance of having a heart attack.
  • Relieves constipation, gas, indigestion and liver trouble.
  • Tones up the nerves in the solar plexus region.
  • Reduces abdominal fat and strengthens the abdominal muscles.
  • Helps the correct functioning of the adrenal glands and sex glands.
  • Develops spiritual force.

Abdominal Lift for Internal Cleansing:
Take several glasses of water, with about a quarter of a teaspoon of salt per glass, and then do the contracting and relaxing movements several times in standing, sitting, and lying position.

If you have a hernia or serious heart or abdominal problems you better get away from this exercise.

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