I am so excited to share the ancient practice of Sun Gazing / Sungazing aka Surya Yoga or Sun Yoga with you today!
My Brother from another mother Brian Calvi of The Farm of Life goes deep into this meditation practice, sharing the tips tricks insights and changes he has experienced over the last 16+ years of study / consistent practice sharing how to sun gaze safely.
If your interested in chakra alignment, increased Vitamin D levels, Cleansing your entire bloodstream, decalcifying your pineal gland…
I hope you enjoy the Sun Gazing video!!
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Back to Sun Gazing!
Warning: It can be harmful to look at the sun during non-safe hours (the time between one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset). Even during safe times, use your own intuition and common sense to gauge whether the sun is safe or unsafe at the time you are watching it. If you eyes are blinking very rapidly or if your face is getting heated up during the practice, you are probably watching the Sun during non-safe hours. Beginners are encouraged to do sun-gazing when UV index is absolutely zero when the sun is dark orange or red in color (towards the beginning of sun-rise or toward the end of sunset).
I Highly Recommend you watch the video for more detailed information on how, how much and when to sun gaze.
Brian goes deep into his favorite meditation practice, Sun Gazing / Surya yoga. A ancient Egyptian, Mayan, Aztec practice, The ancients used this practice as a meditative practice to bring in the power of the sun. The Egyptians called sun gazing the “Secret Gates to Heaven”, some believe it helped to give them psychic powers aka open the third eye / sixth chakra.
In order to do this practice safely one must slowly train the eye’s by practicing for short durations (starting with as little as 10 seconds and adding 10 more seconds every day you practice). Early morning sunrise and sunset while the UV ratings are at 2 or below. It is also important to sun gaze with bare feet on bare earth, dirt, sand or rock, not on grass or anything that grows from the earth.
Employing different techniques to filter the sun one can learn how to do this with even less strain effectively strengthening the muscles of the eye. A few techniques, The diamond Mudra, accomplished by forming a diamond shape with your hands and centering the sun in the upper point of your fingers. Another technique is to simply partially cover your eyes with your fingers to limit the amount of light that comes in. Another way to make sun gazing easier on the eyes is to close the right eye while you breath in and close the left eye while you breath out. Another technique is to close both eyes while you breath out and open both eyes while you breath in. Lastly one can tilt their head back as far as they want with both eyes open to limit the amount of light that enters their eyes.
Brian goes into much more depth in his explanation, I recommend you watch the whole video.
Below is some basic info on Sun Gazing.
The theory is that the sun is the force of all life, and staring at it can infuse the body with large amounts of energy.
Our ancestors understood the relation between the sun and health. From the Aztecs to the ancient Egyptians, many past societies revered sungazing as an esoteric practice for high-ranking priests and shamans. Today, it is experiencing a resurgence in popularity and sungazers claim it has its benefits.
Boosts production of melatonin and serotonin. Research shows sungazing stimulates the pineal gland as the direct sunlight hits the eye, moves through retinal-hypothalamic tract, and then hits the brain. This stimulates the pineal (“master gland”) and boosts the secretion of melatonin and serotonin, our “feel-good” hormones.
Increased energy levels. Modern day sungazers say the practice has boosted their vitality. This is probably related to the secretion of the aforementioned hormones.
Increases the actual size of the pineal gland. Not only can this practice boost hormone levels, it has also been shown to increase the size of the pineal gland. Normally, as we age, the pineal gland shrinks. However, brain scans of a long-term practitioner of sungazing show that this 70 year-old man has a gland three times as big as a normal man.
Promotes weight loss. One of the historical theories for sun gazing was that the body and mind could be nourished by the sun, reducing the need for food. Similarly, some modern day sungazers say they have lost excess weight, and some even report a total loss of the desire and need to eat.
Sun Gazing is an interesting practice that touches the spiritual and psychological realms, which are very personal things. Everyone is wired a little differently and this practice isn’t for everyone, nor is it something I recommend. If you choose to partake, do your own research, be careful, be cautious, and document your experience.
More on Sun Gazing Soon
Wishing you much