Locking the Djinn
Mula Bandha (root lock)
Start with your lowest root bhanda (energy lock). Practice a Mula Bandha (root lock) by clenching the perineum muscles as you deeply inhale and exhale. Draw the djinn into your lock. Sink your voice as low as possible. Try growling. Allow your Mula Bandha to dictate the pacing and styling of your gibberish. Train the djinn to play there in your root as you lock in the spirit. You may notice it sounds very primal, guttural, grounding - perhaps like a cross between a German grandmother and a wild badger.
Uddiyana Bandha (gut lock)
Now, train the djinn to climb up to your second bhanda, and lock in a Uddiyana Bandha (gut lock). Focus on the area just 4" below your naval. Try standing and bending forward. The inhale your lower belly as closely into your lower back as possible. It should feel like all your lower organs are "flying upwards" into your body. Notice the lower belly is engaged. You've found your Uddiyana Bandha. Now straighten out, but keep your Uddiyana Bandha engaged Draw the djinn into your lock. Play with different keys and pacing until you find a styling that feels really good to express from your gut.
Jalandhara Bandha (throat lock)
Now the djinn moves up to your Jalandhara Bandha (throat lock). In Sanskrit jal means throat, jalan means net, and dharan means stream or flow. Thus in the most basic sense, Jalandhara Bandha can be considered the throat lock that controls the flow of energy in the nerves and blood vessels of the neck.
To find Jalandhara Bandha sit up tall, either in a comfortable cross legged position or on your shins with your butt on your heals. Place the palm of your hands on your knees. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose, then bring your chin towards your neck and lift your sternum ever so slightly. Press down on your hands and straighten your elbows, pull your chin back further, and retain as long as possible. Draw the djinn into your lock. To exit lift your chin, inhale the remainder of capacity into your lungs, and exhale.
Now that you've found your Jalandhara Bandha, practice guiding the Djinn to emote through your Jalandara both locked and unlocked. Play with the variance and how it effects your breath, your ability to express, your pitch, your style.
Maha Bandha (Great Lock)
Maha in Sanskrit means great, and Maha Bandha is the combination of all three aforementioned bandhas.
Sit in a comfortable seat, on your shins or cross legged, palms of the hands on the thighs or knees. Inhale fully through your nose, and exhale completely through your nose. Squeeze squeeze squeeze until every last drop is out. Without inhaling engage Mula Bandha, then find Uddiyana Bandha. Inhale a tiny bit and lift your chest, and from there engage Jalandhara Bandha. Retain, pressing your palms down, as long as possible. When you have had enough, lift your head, inhale fully, and release all the bandhas. Draw the djinn into your lock.
Maha Bandha gives the benefits of all three bandhas and regulates the entire endocrine system. Now that you've locked your djinn into your body, allow it to emote or sing naturally.
Practice the bandha locks when you are feeling low on energy, wisdom, inspiration, or creativity.