Means, “suspension of breath.” The breath is held in (internal kumbhaka) and out (external kumbhaka) at different times during yoga practices. When practiced in conjunction with other yogic methods, such as mudras and bandhas, kumbhaka plays an important role in awakening the kundalini energy located in the pelvic region. Kumbhaka also occurs spontaneously at times during yoga practices, especially during deep meditation when the metabolism comes to a near standstill.
Literally, "like a pot," or "like a chalice." In Yoga, kumbhaka refers to a pranayamic technique involving retaining the breath. Aims to increase breath control and lung capacity and alter the course of energy flow in the body.