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Jalandhara Bandha - Chin Lock

Starting Position: Meditation Pose

Concentration: on the Vishuddhi Chakra

Breath: inhale deeply and hold the breath

Repetitions: 3–5 rounds

Practice: Inhale deeply and hold the breath. Place the hands on the knees, lift the shoulders and tilt the body forward slightly, keeping the back straight. Press the chin firmly against the chest or between the collarbones so that the windpipe and oesophagus are firmly closed. >Concentrate on the Vishuddhi Chakra and hold the breath for as long as comfortable. >Raise the head and with a long exhalation return to the starting position. >Breathing normally remain in this position for some time.

Benefits: This exercise awakens the inner energy centres, especially the Vishuddhi Chakra. Improves the ability to retain the breath for a long period of time and develops the ability to concentrate. Beneficial for throat diseases and regulates thyroid function.

Caution: The breath should only be held for as long as easily possible. Consult a Doctor before practicing if there is an existing thyroid problem.

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