The Pineal Gland and the Nectar of Immortality

With the days shorter and the weather cold and dark, it’s no wonder we might feel less motivated and even a bit down during the winter. The winter blues is an experience many of us can relate to. If you find yourself feeling drained, withdrawn and depressed, you could even be one of the many people affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Yoga is a holistic practice that can help alleviate the symptoms of “low energy” or even SAD. Practicing yoga can help you sleep better, reduce stress and anxiety, and refresh your mind and spirit. Even after one class you can feel the positive affects.

pineal gland

The pineal gland, a small, conelike gland which sits in the centre of the your head,is responsible for synthezing and secreting melatonin, the hormone that controls your body’s sleep/wake cycle. Your pineal gland also manufactures a number of important neurotransmitters, including serotonin, which affects mood and sleep.

In the winter when we have less natural light it affects our pineal gland and we may feel more sleepy and sluggish. It is important to receive some natural daylight every day. Try to go for a walk, especially if it is sunny out. Or even sitting in a sunny window for about 20 minutes if it is too cold to go outside. Meditating, inverted yoga postures and forward bends, and some breathing practices can also help regulate the pineal gland.

The ancient yogis believed that your pineal gland secreted a fluid called “amrita,” which was thought to be the fluid of immortality. Keeping your body in a continuously upright position causes this fluid to drip down into your solar plexus, where it would evaporate. The yogis thought that you could retain some of this fluid by practicing inversions, since these poses would cause the fluid to drip back down into your head.

So let’s hang out upside down together and retain some of that nectar of immortality 🙂


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