Ajna Chakra

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Building on the last post and drawing on more info from this Yoga Journal article, the sixth of seven chakras is the Ajna chakra, or the chakra at third eye center between your eyebrows. It is at the center of psychic power and higher intuition. The sanskrit word Ajna means “perception center” and “command center.” It’s aspects include all of our imaginative abilities like dreaming, visualizing the past, creating positive views of the future, and fantasizing.

All chakras can be in balance, excessive, or deficient. “When the third eye is excessively abuzz with energy, we experience headaches, hallucinations, nightmares, and difficulty concentrating. When this chakra is deficient, we have a poor memory, experience eye problems, have difficulty recognizing patterns, and can’t visualize well.”

Yoga poses that help to regulate or balance this chakra are any that press on the forehead, third eye center, like child’s pose, forehead to knee pose, sleeping pigeon pose, or embryo pose.  Another great idea is to try blindfolding yourself during your yoga practice so you can’t be distracted by others in the room or self-criticizing your own body, but you must turn all your senses inward.

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The outcome of balancing the third chakra? You’ll gain insights about your body and your life by drawing your senses inward. You will see things beyond what the physical eyes see. Your true self will attract unlimited resources, power, and compassion to realize your desires.

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