Week 36 – Pituitary Gland Series & Kriya for Prana/Apana Balance
Week 36 – Pituitary Gland Series & Kriya for Prana/Apana Balancesuzanne2021-06-03T21:37:14+00:00
Week #36 – November 17-22, 2020
Pituitary Gland Series & Kriya for Prana/Apana Balance
WEEK 36 – Pituitary Gland Series & Kriya for Prana/Apana Balance
The pituitary gland is an endocrine gland, about the size of a pea. It is a protrusion off the bottom of the hypothalamus at the base of the brain. Hormones secreted from the pituitary gland help to control growth, blood pressure, energy, all functions of the sex organs, thyroid glands and metabolism.
Remember – If you are on your Moon/Menstrual cycle no held breath, substitute with long and deep breathing.
Adi Mantra – I bow to the Creative Wisdom. I bow to the Divine Teacher within. This mantra is used to access the divine flow and self-knowledge within each of us. We chant it three times. Once for ourselves, once for the people in your class and once for the greater world.
SONGS & MUSIC in this Kriya include:
SONG in Shavasana: “I Am So Blessed” by Karen Drucker, sung by Rocky with harmonium and during Shavasana I read “Unfinished Business” by Chip Conley from MEA/Modern Elder Academy. (See photo gallery below for text from the reading.)
Kapalabhati Pranayama – A forced exhale through the nose, followed by an automatic inhale through the nose. The Inhale and Exhale are of equal force. This forced exhale may feel like you are blowing your nose, it is a good idea to have a tissue nearby, especially during a morning practice.
Note: There are some classes when we may also practice Breath of Fire through an open mouth, inhaling and exhaling through the nose. Keep the head steady and cheeks as well as you practice this “Cannon Breath.” When we do, I will make sure to explain what we are doing as we do it.
Kriya for Pituitary Gland and Prana/Apana Balance
I combined two kriyas: the kriya working the Pituitary gland and a Pranayama kriya for Prana and Apana Balance. This sequence is very knee centric. We begin with low lunges and a modified pigeon pose. The high cobra works the natural lordosis of the lower lumbar spine.
The Prana/Apana balance assists you in recognizing the deep breathwork at your pelvic floor. On a deep inhale you can feel your pelvic floor ground and root. This is Apana breath energy. The overall Prana energy lives in the heart and lungs. The postures in this second kriya help you be more aware of your energetic breath body. This is a deeper exploration of your Kundalini Yoga practice.