Upward Abdominal Lock Pose

Last Updated: November 27, 2017

Definition - What does Upward Abdominal Lock Pose mean?

Upward abdominal lock pose is considered a bound pose and is not only practiced to strengthen and tone abdominal muscles, but also to practice meditative, controlled breathing and energize the body.

To enter the pose, begin in a standing position on the mat with feet set apart the distance of the hips. Slightly angle the body forward from the waist and bend the knees lightly. Ground the hands on the knees or tops of the thighs. Take a deep inhalation while pushing the stomach outward, then forcefully and quickly exhale until the lungs are completely empty. Tighten the abdominal muscles until the navel area is pulled back against the mid-spine. Hold the pose until the next inhalation (about five to 15 seconds) and repeat three to 10 rounds.

Upward abdominal lock is also known as uddiyana bandha in Sanskrit.

Yogapedia explains Upward Abdominal Lock Pose

Individuals can enter upward abdominal lock pose from a standing or seated position. It is recommended for beginners to initially practice the pose in a standing position before attempting the pose from a comfortable seated position on the mat.

Upward abdominal lock pose strengthens the abdomen and diaphragm while increasing blood circulation to the abdomen. It is thought to be therapeutic for individuals experiencing digestive issues; however, it should be avoided by those who have digestive ulcers, a hernia, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are pregnant.

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