3-hour Sleep Workshop:
Discover a Deep, Restful Sleep and Wake Up Happier
Are you ready to get a good nights sleep, feel rested and crystal clear for your day? Please join me for a 3 hour workshop that promises to help you explore your wake/rest cycle, also known as your circadian rhythm. Using the time tested principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a guide, we will learn how to create a sleep environment and ritual that serves you.
When: Sunday, December 7 @ 2-5pm
Where: Nourishing Life Center of Health, 207 Weaverville Hwy, Asheville, NC 28804
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The Pineal Gland
The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland in the brain that secretes melatonin. Melatonin is a serotonin derived hormone that modulates the sleep/wake cycles as well as seasonal and circadian rhythms. Rene Descartes, a philosopher of the 17th century, called this gland the “center of the soul” as he thought it served as a connection between the body and the soul.
Shape and Structure
This pine-cone shaped gland is reddish in color and sits in the center of your brain bathed in cerebral spinal fluid. Amazingly, the pineal gland has similar characteristics to the retina of the eye in that it is comprised of photoreceptors that allow it to react to changes in light. It commands the second largest amount of blood flow, second only to the much larger kidneys. Calcium deposits, also known as “brain sand," tend to collect in the pineal gland as we age, so keeping this part of our brain balanced is important.
The pineal gland is light sensitive. Darkness activates the production of melatonin while light inhibits it. This is how it functions to maintain healthy sleep/wake cycles. It is possible to retrain the pineal gland in order to reach and maintain a balanced 24-hour cycle. This retraining can be achieved through meditation, yoga, and a healthy sleep environment.
3rd Eye Center/Anja Chakra
In the yogic tradition, the 3rd Eye Center is symbolized as a brilliantly colored violet, indigo or deep blue two-petaled lotus. It is described as the house of intuition and higher consciousness; and the development of these aspects of self are said to lead to enlightenment.
Yintang - “The Hall of Impression"
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there is a point called Yintang that is commonly used to treat anxiety, mental restlessness, and emotional disturbance. In particular, it is used to treat insomnia due to overthinking. This point is a great addition to any stress relief treatment as it results in a calm mind and encourages deeper sleep. Yintang is located midway between the medial ends of the eyebrows, also known as the glabella, just below the 3rd Eye.
How do you keep the pineal healthy?
Meditate. Neuroscience has found positive neuroplastic changes in the brain via intentional practices such as yoga and meditation cultivated over time. Read this study - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2944261/.
Creating the most comfortable sleep environment is paramount to a healthy sleep cycle. Temperature, sleep position, eye pillow, and darkness help set up your body for peaceful sleep.