The contents of this article is not to be considered as medical advice. This information is based on yogic and energy healing viewpoints. If you have a serious medical condition, you should consult with a doctor.
The endocrine glands produce hormones to help the body function optimally. Yogi Bhajan has said that the glands are the “guardians of health”. The glands work with the nervous system, the endocrine system, the chakra system, other glands and the organs.
The Pituitary Gland is known as the ‘Master Gland’ as it controls the entire glandular system which includes the thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, pancreas and reproductive glands. It is located underneath the Hypothalamus in the center of the brain and is about the size of a bean. The Pituitary is associated with the Ajna Chakra aka the Sixth Chakra or the Third Eye.
The Pituitary Gland secretes hormones that affect growth, blood pressure, protein synthesis, digestion, etc. It also has to do with our ability to bond with others. It isn’t a bonding that happens over words and shared ideals, but it is more of deeper sense. Have you ever been drawn to certain people that you end up having an instant connection with? This is the Pituitary Gland. When the Pituitary is weak, it can make a person feel lonely and disconnected from the world. Additionally, it is the Pituitary creates the bonding feeling during sex.
The Pituitary Gland also has to do with our growth physically, spiritually and intellectually. When the Pituitary isn’t mature, one can pretend to be someone that they are not, as they are not, “grown up”. Their inner being isn’t aligned with the part they show the world, which is due to a lack of trust in their intuition. When a person doesn’t trust their intuition and doesn’t project their true self, it makes it hard connect with others.
Meditation overall is one of the best ways to develop the Pituitary. A great overall resource for meditations specific to the Pituitary is the Praana, Praanee Praanayam Manual. Here are a few great kriyas inside the book:
- Invoking a Meditative State
- For Power and Control on Our Own Caliber
- Sneezing Buddha Kriya
- Two Breath to Simulate the Pituitary
- Four Stroke Breath to Build Intuition
Also a few other great meditations outside of that manual are:
- To Activate the Central Nervous System and Stimulate the Pituitary Gland in Physical Wisdom
- Meditation for the 6th chakra in Physical Wisdom
- Commanding the Command Center of the Glandular System in Self Knowledge
- Balancing the Pineal, Pituitary and Hypothalamus in Owner’s Manual for the Human Body
- Become Intuitive in Transformation Vol 2
The mantra of the Pituitary Gland is, “Wahe Guru”. Here are a few great versions of the mantra to chant along with:
A good food for the Pituitary Gland is Sesame seeds, which Yogi Bhajan said is good for stimulating the gland to secrete. More information on healing foods can be found in Yogi Bhajan’s Foods for Health and Healing.