In Hatha Yoga, the term for "body/energy locks", is called "bandha". Meaning “to bind,” “to hold captive,” or “contract."
Engaging these centers of energy helps to harness prana (life-force energy), and activate higher levels of consciousness.
The three main bandhas are the Mula (root lock), Uddiyana (abdominal lock), and Jalandhara (throat lock), and when all three bandhas are engaged/activated, the health of the whole body (and mind) begins to transform. Especially the autonomic nervous system, muscles, and internal organs.
Our Instagram poll voted for this week's theme to connect to the body, so as we look to the cards for insight and awareness, we connect our mind to our body and our body to our mind as we query the following prompts, which find inspiration in the bandhas.
Spread of the Week: Unlocking and Connecting to the Three Bandhas
1) How may I direct my awareness to further unlock the Mula (root lock) bandha, and bring more grounding/stability into my life?:
As you pull your card, connect to the base of your spine, the perineum, and see which energies come to the surface. Do you feel unsafe, insecure, unbalanced? What are the primary emotions at the forefront of your feelings? Feel the feelings, and see how they may be transmuted or transformed through the card you've chosen.
2) How may I direct my awareness to further unlock the Uddiyana (abdominal lock) bandha, and the ability to digest my reality, so I may connect deeper to willpower, and self-esteem?:
As you pull your card, connect to your solar plexus, the space near the third chakra (Manipura), and begin to feel which energies are present. Are you trusting your own instincts/intuition or are you letting your own judgment be clouded by the judgment of others? Are you taking reality with a grain of salt, or are you fatigued by the pollution of a toxic paradigm? Look at the card that's pulled and see how the lesson presented may be synthesized with a deeper connection to your gut instincts and a release of the energies that are locking flow from your life.
3) How may I direct my awareness to further unlock the Jalandhara (throat lock) bandha, and the ability to speak my truth with effortless ease?
As you pull this third card, connect to your throat. Bring your chin to your chest, take three deep inhales and exhales, and see which emotions surface with your awareness of this energy center. How does the card pulled relate to how you're currently feeling? How can the lesson allow you to express your authentic opinion in such a way that your words flow in harmony with truth, and your tone and intention are felt with deep resonance by those you are in communication with.
Make sure to tag us on Instagram in your spreads, and we will be sure to re-post in our stories.
Until next week, feather-hearted friends. xo