Our center of intuition, clear perception, and extrasensory perception can be rebalanced and rejuvenated through using yoga for the third eye chakra. Enjoy these asanas and the bija mantra for the Ajna chakra.
Yoga Is More Than A Workout
If you have gone to many yoga classes you may have already learned that yoga offers a deeper depth than just working out your body. Different teachers have their own style and some may transmit the message of classical yoga and teach you how to work with the subtle energy bodies.
Yoga is a holistic healing method which means it treats the person as a whole. It deeply cleanses the body, the mind, and the spirit. Working with the chakra system is a big part of getting the most out of your yoga practice.
From pranayama, chanting mantras, and devotional movement yoga has many deep practices to dive into as well as yogic philosophy.
The Third Eye Chakra
The third eye chakra is the sixth chakra in the seven chakra system. It is located at the center of the forehead between the eyebrow. It rules the brain, eyes, pineal gland, and pituitary gland.
It is represented by the element of light and the color indigo. You can understand the sixth chakra as our center of perception and the bridge between human emotions and wisdom. It holds our intuition as well as our ability to see through emotional bias.
Just as any chakra the third eye chakra can become blocked by suppressed, unhealthy patterns, trauma, and any stagnation within its territory these practices will help you to clear blockages from your third eye chakra.
Yoga Asanas For The Third Eye Chakra
If you are ready to move your body with a 30 min yoga practice then go ahead and follow along with the video below. Otherwise, you can use the listed asanas throughout the day to tap into your inner voice, see-through illusion, and connect to your inner being beyond the physical identity.
Asanas are the physical poses within yoga practice, this is where our movement practice comes in to heal and recalibrate the physical body. Here are some that work for the third eye chakra:
- Balasana (Childs pose) – come into a tabletop or all 4’s with wrists under shoulders and knees under hips, bring big toes to touch directly behind you, open knees wide, walk the fingertips forward, sit the glutes back to come rest on the calves, rest forehead on ground and roll head back and forth to massage third eye, if the glutes don’t touch calves places a pillow between the heels and the glutes.
- Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide Leg Forward Fold) – bring feet to be one legs length apart, feet parallel with the short edge of your matt, bring hands to hips, exhale keep back flat and fold at the hips as far down as you can, rest hands on blocks, fingertips or hands on the floor depending on your body’s range
- Ardha Pincha Mayurasana (Dolphine pose) – come into tabletop or all 4s, walk hands forward, tuck toes under and press into hands to lift hips and come into down dog, lower down to forearms, relax tension in the neck, stay strong through the shoulders by pressing into the forearms
Bija Seed Mantra For Third Eye Chakra
Mantras originated in Vedic Sanskrit within India. Mantra translated and broken down from Sanskrit is “man” meaning mind and “tra” which can be understood as to transfer or transport. Connecting these two translations, we can understand a mantra works as a conduit for higher wisdom and profound healing.
At Cleveland University, research shows that the melodic and rhythmic tones created when chanting form a soothing effect in the body called the Neuro-linguistic effect [NLE]. The release of healing chemicals in the brain is increased when we are intentionally attaching a meaning or understanding to the mantra.
Which is called the Psycholinguistic effect [PLE]. Each of the seven chakras has its own bija mantra that can link you directly to the energy of the chakra at its peak state. Meaning repeating these mantras can directly open, purify, nourish, and balance your chakras.
The third eye chakra’s bija mantra is Om or Aum. You can chant this throughout your certain points within your yoga asana practice, during seated meditation, or when you want to bring more support to the third eye chakra.