You may already have a good idea what your third eye chakra, known as Ajna chakra, does. The third eye is often associated with your sixth sense, and it’s responsible for your perception that transcends space and time. It’s a non-linear awareness of what happens around you and because of your actions.
According to www.chakras.info, “The third eye chakra is an instrument to perceive the more subtle qualities of reality. It goes beyond the more physical senses into the realm of subtle energies. Awakening your third eye allows you to open up to an intuitive sensibility and inner perception.”
But, before we go any further, let’s talk about chakras. Perhaps you’ve seen a picture of a seated person with a rainbow of dots up their spine to their forehead. These are the chakras. Although some people may argue that there are more than 7 chakras, everyone agrees that there are at least 7. See the picture below for the approximate location of the chakras.
In English, chakra translates to “wheel.” All of these “wheels” work together to transfer energy, thoughts, feelings, and impulses through your body. The chakras are truly a complex system. To truly understand each of them and how they work would require study far above and beyond what this article offers.
Chakras are first mentioned in 200 B.C. in Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Despite the large quantity of years to study the chakras, it hasn’t been until relatively recently that scientific studies have started to validate the ancient claims. (Here’s a link to “Scientists Quantify and Graphically Chart Alignment of Human Chakras in Various Emotional States” if you’re interested in reading more on that.)
Since we all have 7 chakras, each chakra is important to us for various reasons. We may not universally feel each chakra in the same way. For example, if a friend and I both have our third eye chakras misaligned, we may experience different feelings and thoughts. However, we can participate in the same third eye chakra-aligning practice and both receive benefit in our respective areas.
Third Eye Chakra Attributes
Each chakra has its own attributes and associations. Here is a quick breakdown of the third eye chakra.
- Color: Indigo
- Element: Light
- Sense: Extra sensory perception
- Location: The center of the forehead, between the eyebrows
- Functions: Intuition, Concentration, Perception, Imagination, Visualization
Signs of Third Eye Chakra Imbalance
According to www.chakras.info, you may want to balance your third eye chakra if you feel:
- stuck in the daily grind without being able to look beyond your problems and set a guiding vision for yourself.
- like you live more in fantasy than reality or indulge in psychic fantasies and illusions.
- unable to establish a vision for oneself and realize it.
- closed off to the possibility of everything spiritual or beyond the usual.
- unable to see the greater picture.
- a lack of clarity.
Third Eye Chakra Balancing
Breathing practice is a great way to open and balance the third eye chakra. The pranayamas nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing), suryabheda (sun piercing), and chandrabheda (moon piercing) are particularly beneficial.
If you’re seeking particular yoga poses to balance your third eye chakra, the answer is not as straightforward. To design a third eye chakra sequence, simply follow your intuition. Let your third eye chakra be your guide.
If you’re wanting a specific practice to balance your solar plexus chakra, I recommend reading Yoga Sequencing by Mark Stephens. This book contains many sequences, not just those that pertain to balancing the chakras, and information about how to construct your own yoga sequences.
I also really enjoy the Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students by Integrative Yoga Therapy. This is a binder of laminated pages that thoroughly explain many basic yoga poses. One of the perks of practicing yoga with these pages is that the activated chakras are shown for each pose. This makes it much easier to create a chakra specific sequence on your own.
How do you prefer to balance your third eye chakra? Let us know in the comments below.
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