YOGAZOOM – THIRD EYE CHAKRA EXPLAINED + SHOULDERSTAND POSE TO BALANCE THIS CHAKRA!

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I’m sorry, I took a little break for a while from blogging. In all honesty, I was doing a lot of healing on my throat chakra and I just wasn’t in the right space to write about the third eye when I was feeling so blocked and stuck in my throat (it just would have felt so unauthentic). I’m happy to say the break has done me the world of good and I’m in a better space (as is my throat) to write again.

What is the Third Eye Chakra?

The third eye chakra, also known as the brow chakra and sixth chakra is responsible for what is known as our ”intuition”.  It is related to the psychic sense, spiritual healing and enlightenment. This Chakra connects us to our very own internal intuitions and is responsible for our ability to read the future and receive non-verbal messages. Its directly related to our senses of sight and hearing. It has to do with perception, how we see the world we live in and how we make sense of what is being perceived. Balancing this chakra can help remove confusion or indecisiveness and can increase the ability to see clearly and make important distinctions. It’s our path to wisdom – learning from our experiences and putting them in perspective. We can focus on the third eye to observe our own energy patterns, to look inside of ourselves, and see how we are doing.

It is by the third eye that people see ghosts, auras and other usually non-visible phenomena.

Try this: Close your eyes and roll them towards your forehead (in a dark room), what do you see, do you see a light? If the third eye is well opened, you should see a golden glow that might appear as a donut-shaped. It may be an irregular glow, it may be so large that you can only see the bottom of the donut ring, or the donut may have a tiny light in the centre.

Love this explanation from Chakra Dance..

[box type=”info”]When it comes to our intuition and our psychic abilities – natural talents that are innate to us all – there is nothing more healing than a vibrant, in-tune third eye chakra. Having a healthy third eye chakra can assist us in using our intuition and insight without fear and without delusion. When we bring our third eye chakra into balanced activity, our clairvoyance opens up, and we can begin to truly see what is going on within our lives.

The third eye chakra is known in Sanskrit as Ajna, meaning to see and to command. It is located between your eyebrows. Awakening the third eye chakra opens us up to higher levels of perception through our intuition, and allows us to gain a greater command of life through the use of our imagination. We are able to visualise, receive dream images, recall memories and tap into archetypal energies.

When we dream at night, a series of images are played out through the lens of the third eye. These nightly visual journeys can be likened to personalized screenplays portraying the stories of our inner life. By paying attention to these internal movies we can begin to explore the dynamic relationship between consciousness and the unconscious. And when we awaken the third eye, our dreams and insights become much more meaningful, full of guidance and wisdom. [/box]

Location of this Chakra in the Body

The center of the forehead right between the eyes.

Main Element Associated with this Chakra

The Third Eye Chakra’s element is light. Ajna governs and connects the conscious and the unconscious mind.

Gland Associated with this Chakra

The pineal gland (a small endocrine gland) is associated with this chakra. It produces melatonin that helps our bodies regulate our sleep-wake cycles. It is located near to the center of the brain between the two hemispheres. the pineal gland controls our biorhythms and works in conjunction with the hypothalamus gland to control our thirst, hunger, sexual desire and biological clock that is associated with the aging process.

Colour Associated with this Chakra

The color associated with the third eye chakra is Indigo. Indigo is the symbol of spiritual attainment, self-mastery and wisdom. It helps with the opening of the third eye (our inner and outer vision) and opens the doors to our subconscious, so that negative elements can be eliminated and higher elements can be attained.

Third Eye Chakra Affirmation

“I see everything clearly. My reality is vibrant, beautiful, and I perceive it with more than my physical senses.”

”I implement all my visions and dreams.”

”I am open to Universal guidance and implementation for my growth.”

”I am guided by my Higher Self and working in synchronicity with my life plan.”

”I create and implement my ideas.”

“I am tuned into the divine universal wisdom and always understand the true meaning of life situations”

”I trust my intuition.”

”I remember my dreams.”

”I have psychic experiences.”

“My imagination is vivid and powerful.”

“I am open to the wisdom within me.”

“I am open to greater and greater spiritual awareness.”

A Balanced Third Eye Chakra

When this chakra is in balance you will perceive information on several levels. Your thoughts will be clearer and you will be able to focus and concentrate better. You will have more dreams and they will be more vivid and you will remember them better. You will have a greater sense of imagination and will see it clearer with your inner vision. You will experience Higher states of consciousness, allowing you have out of body experiences, and receive messages from your Spirit Guides, Angels and other Enlightened Beings. You will be very intuitive, have a great memory, and will be able to learn without a problem. You will understand that you are the creator in your reality.

People who have a balanced third eye chakra are more clear minded and are great guides because they are very wise. They are also very connected to nature and consciousness.

An Imbalanced Third Eye Chakra

When this chakra is imbalanced you will be more connected to your ego (false self) instead of your spirit (true self). An imbalanced third eye chakra may results in blindness, migraines, sinus problems, poor vision, ear problems, bad dreams, sleep disorders, lack of focus, depression and schizophrenia.

When this chakra is imbalanced you may have problems with mental clarity and seeing, hearing and accepting the truth.

How to Balance your Third Eye Chakra

  • Start a regular meditation practice to develop your intuition.
  • Add some indigo and purple to your wardrobe, a scarf can even assist with the flow of energy.
  • Select music that’s classical in nature such as Mozart and Beethoven, which can enhance the energies flowing to this chakra.
  • The gemstones associated with the third eye chakra are amethyst, tourmaline and tanzanite or any of the nice blue crystals like aquamarine and blue chalcedony. Use them during meditation, place one under your pillow at night or carry one with you as you go about your day.
  • Chose the brain foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, and vegetables (all great choices when it comes to nourishing our third eye).
  • Add some berries into your diet, (blueberries and strawberries) are shown to have a positive influence over our memory and ability to learn!
  • The Ajna’s element is light. Try sitting out in the sunshine with a blue sky (this will not only balance your third eye, but your also benefiting your throat chakra too).
  • Keep a dream journal (something I’ve been doing for a while and it’s fun).
  • Use the brow chakra essential oils of jasmine or vanilla (burn them in your home).
  • Draw or do another art form that requires close observation and concentration.
  • Go star-gazing (how nice is this to do).
  • Ask the universe a question and then wait (patiently) and watch for an answer. Don’t expect an answer straight away, be prepared to wait for seconds or days!
  • Meditate, focusing your attention on your third eye.

Try this pose “Shoulder Stand  – Sarvangasana” to balance your third eye chakra.

Sarvangasana is considered to be the ‘Queen of yoga asanas’, due to its many and varied benefits to our system and it helps the body, mind and the soul. Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) is a yoga pose which involves the muscles of the entire body. Some benefits include:

  • Regulation of the sex glands and the pituitary glands.
  • Stimulation of the nerves.
  • Improvement in blood circulation.
  • Increase in efficiency of the thyroid
  • It helps to balance the moods and calm the mind.
  • Its beneficial for the reproductive system as there is fresh blood going to the pelvic region as the stagnant blood is flushed from the organs.

Step-By-Step-Instructions

  1. If you are a beginner please position a folded blanket under the shoulders. The head and neck should be off the blanket. This will help to support your neck and keep you safe here.
  2. Come to lie on your back.
  3. Using your abdominal muscles, lift the legs over the head until the toes touch the floor behind the head coming into ”Plough Pose – Halasana”. Interlace your fingers behind your back and straighten the arms. Roll the shoulders under one at a time.
  4. From plough pose – halasana, bend the elbows and bring the hands onto the back with the fingertips facing upward.
  5. Try to keep the elbows shoulder-width apart, not out to either side.
  6. Lift the legs up off the floor toward the ceiling, either one at a time or together (slowly and with intention), if your abdominal muscles are strong enough.
  7. Once you raise the legs, please DO NOT turn your head to the side to look around the room as you can injure your neck. Keep your gaze upwards and the neck straight.
  8. Bring your hips toward the front of the room and the feet toward the back to straighten your body.
  9. Work on moving the hands down the back closer towards your shoulders. The correct alignment is with the hips over the shoulders and feet over the hips.
  10. If you are beginner, please just stay for maximum 10 breaths (otherwise staying as long as it feels comfortable) breathing slowly and evenly.
  11. To come out, bring the feet back over your head through Plough Pose (bent or straight). Roll out very slowly and gently from Plough pose.
  12. Take fish pose (counter pose to shoulder stand) by coming to lie on your back. This pose relieves stiffness from your neck and shoulder muscles and can correct any tendency of having rounded shoulders. Come up onto your elbows. Slide your body towards the back of your mat while keeping your forearms in place and puffing up your chest. Gently drop the crown of your head back to the floor, opening your throat. To come out, press strongly into your forearms and raise your head off the floor.

Cautions

  • This pose should not be performed by people suffering from high blood pressure, heart conditions or brain diseases.
  • This pose should be avoided during menstruation.
  • This pose should be avoided if suffering from a very enlarged thyroid, enlarged spleen or liver as well as cervical spondylitis, slipped disc, headache and weak blood vessels in the eyes.

Variations and tips:

  • You can use a folded blanket (or many 2-3) under the shoulders for support.
  • For some beginners it may be difficult to raise the legs straight. If so then bend the knees a little while taking the position and then straighten out the legs. You can also use the help of the wall to raise the legs.
  • If there is any tension in the back or neck then the feet can be slightly tilted over the head like inverted pose or viparit karani.

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I hope that you’ve found this post useful on the Third Eye Chakra and I hope that it has given you some clarity on how to balance this very important energy center.

Remember when your Third Eye Chakra is in balance you will perceive information on several levels. Your thoughts will be clearer and you will be able to focus and concentrate better.

Be kind, be courageous, be yourself.

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