Tongue yoga is an effective practice that can deepen meditation and promote relaxation, by using different tongue positions to access various areas of your subconscious mind.
Initial practice involves rolling up the tongue to touch the hard palate; with more practice it can move behind soft palate and reach for the uvula.
1. Stretching the tongue
Stretching your tongue is a simple yet essential exercise, helping increase its range of movement while stretching some of the muscles that connect to the throat, neck and eyes. Stretching also gives greater control over what goes in and out of your mouth as well as potentially helping rewrite some unconscious programs that might be present.
Sit comfortably in any Yoga asana and close your mouth. Roll your tongue up until it touches either the hard or soft palate at first; with practice you can move it backwards towards the nasal cavity behind it; eventually it may touch uvula at back of throat before entering nasal cavity to stimulate points in brain – an advanced practice known as Kechari Mudra.
Reaching mastery in this practice requires months and often years. Yogis who have achieved it are said to be able to overcome thirst, hunger, decay and death.
2. Activating the pineal gland
The pineal gland is a small, cone-shaped structure deep within the brain. Some believe that this area serves as the site for intuition, spiritual awakening and enlightenment; however, there is no scientific support for such claims.
Some practitioners believe that stimulating the pineal gland is necessary for spiritual development; others caution that overactivation could have serious repercussions for one’s health and well-being.
One way of stimulating the pineal gland is through practicing Kesari Mudra. This involves touching your tongue against the roof of your mouth (hard palate) before gradually making its way back behind soft palate and ultimately reaching back out toward uvula at back of throat – this advanced practice requires lengthy efforts.
Other techniques for stimulating the pineal gland include consuming a light diet, sleeping in total darkness and meditation. You could also try sensory deprivation tanks – immersed in water to isolate yourself from external influences and break any emotional connections with external environments.
3. Churning the tongue
Like backbends for an open heart and arm balances to release adrenaline and power, tongue exercises can also be used to regulate unconscious thoughts. Some believe the tongue acts similar to diaphragm in providing a bridge between conscious and unconscious mind states.
Start by sticking out and stretching out your tongue. Aim for as far back as possible (it might touch both hard and soft palates); hold for 1 minute or less before relaxing.
With regular practice, this mudra can be moved further back to the back of the throat until it eventually reaches the nasal cavity and yogic texts claim this gesture can overcome thirst, hunger, decay and even death. Furthermore, yoga texts suggest this exercise activates the pineal gland and awakens consciousness – known as Khechari Mudra and considered an incredible practice.
4. Entering the nasal cavity
Trixie tongue tricks is a yoga posture in which one slides their tongue deep into their nasal cavity behind their palate, with the intention of stimulating specific nerve centers and alleviating thirst, hunger, decay and death. According to Yogic texts this pose is said to stimulate specific nerve centers that will help one overcome thirst, hunger decay and death.
This practice requires keeping the tongue extended and flexible. To achieve success with this exercise, seek guidance from an experienced yoga teacher. Reaching this position could take months of effort; therefore it should only be tried if there are no oral ulcers or other ailments present.
Jiva Bandha (holding the chin in place) can assist in helping the tongue move back further into its nasal passages. By pretending you are fake swallowing, this will also assist with sliding it deeper into your mouth beyond the uvula and deeper into your oral cavity. For optimal results it is helpful to practice this with lips closed and jaw open.