Your third eye chakra is located in the space between your eyebrows. It’s colour is indigo and is sometimes called our sixth sense or psychic chakra. So while your eyes see the material world, Ajna helps you look into deeper realms - creativity, imagination, intuition. Your intuition is what encourages you to make decisions with feelings that you’re drawn to, even when your conscious and logical mind wants to resist.
Ajna is associated with the pineal gland, which regulates biorhythms including your sleep and wake cycle. Awakening your third eye allows you to open up to an intuitive sensibility and inner perception.
When this chakra is imbalanced you may feel stuck in the daily grind with an inability to see a path for yourself and be closed minded to see a larger picture.
When it is in balance you will see life with clarity, possess intuition, insight and self awareness.
Mindfulness and yoga are effective ways to open the energy in Ajna chakra; keep your practice focused in the present, on reality. Try the following few poses…
1. Balasana. Child’s pose is perfect to connect the third eye to the earth, take this time to feel grounded, to listen to your breath, your heartbeat. Feel the weight of the skull on the mat and allow the shoulders to relax.
2. Dolphin. Start in downward facing dog and then lower onto your elbows (try to take both down at the same time so that you don’t get a preferred side). Push your forearms into the mat, draw sitbones high and breathe. It doesn’t look too hard but is a strong pose.
3. Eagle. Bend your knees and rock your weight into your left foot, lift the right and wrap it around the left leg. If you aren’t feeling balanced, keep a toe on the ground. Wrap your right arm under the left, squeeze them into one another and lift the elbows up and forward. When balanced, take thumbs to your third eye centre and take five breaths.
4. Easy pose for meditation. Take this time to feel into your body, check in with yourself, be in the Present. Sit with your thoughts and watch them as they come in and leave, the ebb and flow. With each inhale, breathing in an open mind, a fresh perspective and with each exhale, let limiting beliefs, strong opinions, negativity leave the body. Allow distractions to come but let them leave just as quickly.
Along with these yoga poses, other ways to open up your third eye… get into sunlight, explore your limiting beliefs, do a third eye chakra visualisation, use supportive affirmations.
Have a good Friday!