The physical connection with higher consciousness is directly affected by the yogic practice and diet. There is great emphasis in Kundalini Yoga on opening the spine and increasing the circulation of the spinal fluid from the sacrum to the head. The pineal gland is located at the juncture of the spinal cord and the brain. So during our yoga practice when we do spine flex or cat/cow, we are pumping spinal fluid, this precious nectar of our nervous system, into the brain and pineal gland, causing it to secrete. The sacred trinity roots, onion, garlic and ginger, feed and enrich the spinal fluid and increase the activity of the pineal when linked to an active Kundalini Yoga practice. By eating foods such as bananas, figs and banyan sap, which are rich in serotin, we further increase the function of the pineal, feeding it more serotonin, which help increase the production of melatonin. The image of the Buddha sitting under a banyan tree is directly symbolic of the power and importance of the pineal gland.
As previously discussed, the pineal gland is light sensitive, so yogis take steps to work with solar light to increase the experiences of expansion and awareness. The summer solstice is traditionally a day of celebration with yogis. Special meditations are practiced to take advantage of the solar “high tide” of increased energy of the longest, most intense light of the year. By not cutting our hair, retaining the length, increases the absorption of solar light and prana; life-force energy. Covering our crown center in white cotton, in the form of a turban or other head covering, is a tool for regulating the solar effect on the pineal, as well as increasing the strength of our auras, arc line, and mental projection. This white cotton filter has a subtle effect on the pineal glands secretions, helping the yogi to maintain the neutral, meditative mind throughout the day.
So what can you do to increase the functions of your pineal gland? Any yoga practice and meditation will help. It is important after an active yoga set or class to meditate, to quiet the mind. The beautiful part of a Kundalini Yoga practice is there are specific yoga exercise sets and meditations which work directly on the pineal gland, and in the next blog I will share some of those with you.
Himat Singh Dayvault, KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and NCBTMB Certified BioSync Bodyworker