Demystifying Ajna (The Third Eye Chakra)
This week we take a look at Ajna, the sixth chakra. Ajna lies between the eyebrows and is our center of intuition. This chakra guides you on your spiritual path awakening your powerful intuition and accessing innate knowledge and wisdom.
Ajna (translates to “beyond wisdom” or “to perceive, to command”)
Ajna attunes to energy of others. You’re able to ‘see’ the unseeable. The 3rd eye can see through persona and illusion. You’re accessing Ajna when you know something, or someone, is “off” despite that on the physical level, things seem perfect. This is your intuition guiding you. This is the power of Ajna.
Located between the eyebrows, the 3rd eye radiates a gorgeous indigo. Ajna guides us on our spiritual path by giving us physical clues. Think about a time when you were in a situation and you suddenly felt fear in the pit of your stomach, or maybe had a spontaneous idea and you felt excitement. Those are examples of Ajna giving us clues in the physical body. These clues may be subtle which is why it’s so important to be present. This is where Yoga plays a powerful role in cultivating present moment awareness as well as body awareness. When we have body awareness, we’re awake and sensitive to those subtle clues our body sends us. Not to mention that as we practice, we intrinsically begin to open and access all of these powerful energy centers.
Color is INDIGO
Element is LIGHT (all elements combined)
Bija Mantra is SHAM
Musical Note is A
Governs the Pineal and Pituitary (as well as eyes and lower part of brain)
Within the spine, first cervical vertabra
Physiological system-endocrine and nervous system
Balancing and opening Ajna allows you to access your deep center of intuition. This is where every answer lies. When open and clear, you also have a clear perception of yourself and others. You’re able to perceive without your past experiences, judgements, or expectations distorting your perception. You see things clearer interpreting and perceiving through light and love instead of through a filter of darkness and fear from past experiences.
Signs of imbalance in Ajna
- Vision problems
- Ear issues
- Headaches and/or migraines
- Tension in skull
- Sleep issues
Now let’s take a look at some foods and Yoga poses to help open Ajna.
- Purple and blue foods
- Red onion, red cabbage, eggplant
- Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, raisins
- Red win, herbal teas
- Nuts, beans, eggs
- Dark chocolate
- Foods rich in iodine (to reduce risk of pineal calcification)
- Balasana (Childs Pose)
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
- Halasana (Plow Pose)
- Dolphin Pose (bringing thumbs of Prayer Mudra to touch the 3rd eye)
As I always say, there are many more foods, poses, essential oils, crystals, sound/meditations, etc to help open and balance our chakras. Try several and see what resonates with you. Ajna responds powerfully to meditation. I encourage you to sit quietly each day, even if it’s for 5 or 10 minutes, and begin a meditation practice. Not only will your center of intuition awaken in a profound way, your entire being will begin to radiate light and higher vibes!
In this chakra series, I’ve only touched the tip of their energy, function, ways to balance, open, etc. But it’s a great place to start your journey of simply becoming aware of them and how they affect your physical, mental, and emotional bodies.
Finally, we rise to the 1,000 petal Lotus of Sahaswara.
Have you had an experience with your chakras? Share it with us in the comments below!