Uddiyanabandha, Uḍḍiyānabandha, Uddiyana-bandha: 3 definitions

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Uddiyanabandha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

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Source: Google Books: The Alchemical Body

Uḍḍiyānabandha (उड्डियानबन्ध, “the lock of the upward-flying [bird]”):—A contraction of the abdomen which, by emptying the lungs, drives them and the diaphragm up into the upper thorax and causes the prāṇa to “fly up” through the medial channel into the cranial vault.

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

From the Haṭha Yogha Pradīpikā (chapter III): “Uḍḍiyāna is so called by the Yogīs, because by its practice the Prāṇa (Vāyu,) flies (flows) in the Suṣumnā.” (śl. 44) and “The belly above the navel is pressed backwards towards the spine. This Uḍḍiyāna Bandha is like a lion for the elephant of death.” (śl. 57)

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Uddiyana Bandha (उड्डियान बंध) is the abdominal bandha described and employed in hatha yoga. It involves, after having exhaled all the air out, pulling the abdomen under the rib cage by taking a false inhale while holding the breath and then release the abdomen after a pause. The process is repeated many times before letting the air into the lungs, resuming normal breath.

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