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Eyes Open

This month we’re bringing a focus to the pineal gland. The pineal is located deep in the brain and located in the space between the eyebrows. It secretes melatonin, a derivative of serotonin, which generally contributes to feelings of well-being and happiness. Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant and plays a role in out sleeping patterns.


Interestingly, aside from our eyes, the pineal gland is the only other organ in our body that detects light. I guess that’s why it’s also called the third eye. Spiritual traditions associate activation of the pineal gland with cultivation of inner vision, insight, intellect and wisdom, an eye that looks in rather than out. It can be nice to think of the pineal as a doorway or gate, whether that’s to the science or subtle energy in your body.

Secretions of the pineal gland moderate your mood, so it’s worth understanding this area in the body. With British Summer this year feeling like false advertising (and making me feel moody), it's clear we're going to need to learn some techniques to create some harmony given this unseasonable weather.

I’ll write to you again soon with more thoughts to inspire your practice. If you can't wait until then; click here to read about my weekly, open level yoga and mediation class.


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