At the YogaFit MBF Conference that Joanie and I attended in Minneapolis, I was intrigued by something I learned… the Pineal Gland, which lies between the two hemispheres of the brain, is made of the same genetic structure as the eyes. It is considered a dormant photoreceptor, and its primary responsibility is to produce melatonin, a hormone we need to sleep.
It is literally located between the our two ‘seeing’ eyes. The third eye is actually an eye, responsible for absorbing light and dark to turn on and off our body.
How cool is that???!!!
One of the 52 Moves in Nia, called Head and Eye Movement, means using three eyes?! I LOVE this!
Bring all three eyes to class this week, and dance the intuitive ‘seeing without seeing’, ‘knowing without knowing.’ Our bodies have sooo much intelligence. We call it Body Wisdom, Body Literacy.
I have more copied below. Read and learn about your fascinating third eye, the principle seat of the soul.
SEE you in class!
Tuesday 7:30am, Wednesday 9:15am, Thursday 9:15am, Friday 9:15am, all at The Synergy Studio!
From MindBodyGreen: When sunlight hits your eyes, a message is sent to your brain’s pineal gland to slow down producing your sleepy-time hormone melatonin. As the sun goes down it signals your body to ramp up melatonin for you to get a good nights rest. During darker, winter days the sunlight can’t shut off the melatonin mechanism as much during the day, leading to lower production at night, causing poorer sleep
From Wikipedia: The pineal gland, also known as the pineal body, conarium or epiphysis cerebri, is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. The shape of the gland resembles a pine cone, hence its name. The pineal gland is located in the epithalamus, near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres, tucked in a groove where the two halves of the thalamus join. The pineal gland produces melatonin,a serotonin derived hormone which modulates sleep patterns in both circadian and seasonal cycles.
From the point of view of biological evolution, the pineal gland represents a kind of atrophied photoreceptor. In the epithalamus of some species of amphibians and reptiles, it is linked to a light-sensing organ, known as the parietal eye, which is also called the pineal eye or third eye.
René Descartes believed the pineal gland to be the “principal seat of the soul”.