From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Uḍḍīyānabandha is one of the exercises known as mudrās or bandhas. It is prescribed by works on Haṭhayoga for controlling the prāṇa[1] and make it move into the suṣumnā-nāḍi.[2] It mainly consists of contracting the muscles of the belly backwards towards the spine. It helps one to revitalize his energy. The actual technique has to be learnt from an adept in the science.[3]


  1. Prāṇa means vital air and energy.
  2. It is called as canal.
  3. Hathayogapradipikā 3.54-59
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore