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Breath Retention


kumbha = pot (a standard photo of the human upper body as a container for the Breath with 2 ‘openings’ at the throat and base of the hips)
antara (ahn-TAH-rah) = interior
bahya (BAH-yah) = outer

Step by Step

Antara Kumbhaka needs the application of both Jalandhara and Mula Bandhas, furthermore the rib case gently ‘hugs’ the lungs.

Establish Sama Vritti Ujjayi (and also for this instance, the vritti matter is 6 OMs). To begin, use the two bandhas as you near completion of your inhale, as well as preserve the breath for 2 OMs, no much more. Carefully press the ribs against the expanded lungs. Exhale, concurrently releasing Mula Bandha as well as, when ended up, increase your head to neutral. DO N’T execute Kumbhaka on successive breaths, take 2 to 3 Ujjayi breaths prior to the following retention.

In general your initial Kumbhakas ought to be one-third to one-half the length of your Sama Vritti Count. Technique at this degree till you’re entirely comfortable, which may take several weeks or longer.

Then gradually lower the number of Ujjayis in between Kumbhakas up until you could easily preserve your breath for 2 OMs on successive inhales for concerning 5 minutes. Following increase your Kumbhaka to 3 OMs, however once more different them by 2 to 3 Ujjayis. Again progressively reduce the Ujjayis till you can conveniently retain for 3 OMs on successive inhales for 5 minutes.

Proceed carefully until your Kumbhaka matter matches your Sama Vritti count. Now STOP. Don’t go any further without direct assistance from a seasoned educator.

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  • Extracts maximum energy from the breathed in breath (antara)
  • Quiets the mind and also attracts awareness internal, toward the Self
Contraindications and Cautions



Avoid Kumbhaka with high blood pressure

Pose Information
Sanskrit Name
Kumbhaka Pranayama
Pose Level

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