Ajna: Bringing Balance to the Sixth Chakra

June 25, 2018

The second spiritual chakra, Ajna, can be found in between the eyebrows including the eyes, head, lower part of the brain, and pituitary gland. This particular region of our body aligns with this sixth chakra is also known to be the house of our third eye, which is all about the mysterious sixth sense of intuition. The Sanskrit word Ajna can be translated as “command” or “perception center” and it provides us with a natural ability for immediate understanding and knowing that is unlike any of the other five senses with which we usually experience the material world.

When this wheel of energy is in balance, we feel like we are able to trust hunches and feelings that come our way to try to tell us something; we are able to witness our inner-knowing allowing it to flow. When this sixth chakra is out of balance, however, we tend to feel like we are being pulled in different directions, through our physical five senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste show no sign of warning, our perceptive third eye does.

Physical expressions of a misaligned Ajna chakra may be manifested in the forms of headaches, migraines, problems with vision, or dizziness; whereas psychological symptoms mostly involve mental confusion, memory problems, or difficulties with concentrating.

Five asanas or yoga postures that can aid you with opening this sixth chakra are:

Balasana or Child’s pose

Virabhadrasana III or Warrior pose III

Makara Adho Mukha Svasana or Dolphin plank pose

Ardha Pincha Mayurasana or Dolphin pose

Pincha Mayurasana or Feathered Peacock pose

Meditation is naturally a powerful exercise to help you bring the Ajna chakra back into balance. As you close your eyes and go into that deep, calm contemplative state, concentrate your mind on your third eye in whatever way that best works out for you: imagine a light, a dot, or round object; or perhaps just envision how the chakra progressively opens up for you. Soon you will be feeling a pressure or sensation in the forehead area; this will be a sign that your sixth chakra is being unblocked.

Another exercise that can aid you with realigning Ajna is to consciously pay attention to this personal intuitive quality. We are used to dismissing what we cannot see or experience in any given physical way, underestimating anything and everything that falls within the other abstract and invisible category. Every time you get a sudden insight, independently of whether you perceive it as “positive” or “negative,” take your time to notice it, digest it, and lastly, thank your Ajna for its guidance. Whenever you feel insecure or doubtful about something, do not judge yourself, but rather search for a safe, quiet, and solitary place where you can go within you to ask your sixth chakra to open up for you.

Other tools that you may want to consider for when you work towards aligning the throat chakra is its corresponding sound “Sham,” its color indigo; gemstones such azurite, lazuli, lapis lazuli, amethyst, and purple fluorite that you can place on the chakra’s region while lying down, also using essential oils like melisa, rose, neroli, and jasmine, and eating dark natural cacao or chocolate, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, grapes, blueberries, eggplant, purple kale, and others.

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