Ajna Chakra – The Third Eye
This week in our yoga classes our theme and focus is on Ajna Chakra, found at the eyebrow centre and also referred to as The Third Eye. It’s a yogic energy centre, which, if balanced, leads to: Intuition, wisdom and psychic ability. Essentially it allows us to tap into our inner knowledge and power. It makes us more intuitive, mindful and is said to improve memory and concentration; and it gives us a greater capacity to understand the Universe and ourselves, and see the, “bigger picture”. It allows us to connect our physical bodies to our spirits and souls.
Where is Ajna Chakra?
Ajna Chakra is the sixth Chakra in the body. It is said to also relate to the Pineal Gland. The Pineal Gland is also known as the third eye. And it’s called the third eye because it is, quite literally, a third eye you have within your brain. The Pineal Gland is sensitive to light. It contains: light sensitive nerve endings that react to light, a cornea and a retina. All the same parts you would expect to see in a human eye.
The Pineal Gland is a small bean sized gland producing melatonin and regulating your sleep, mood and stress. This is a vitally important hormone not only for regulating sleep cycles and health but also for aiding deep meditation. One of the most fascinating things about the Pineal Gland is that it is actually a crystal in your brain.
When we focus on Ajna Chakra we are focusing on the eyebrow centre, the space between the eyebrows, and this focus activates the Pineal Gland.
The 5 Elements
No individual element is said to correspond with Ajna Chakra. It resides above the 5 elements of the lower chakras: Fire (Manipura Chakra), Air (Anahata Chakra), Ether (Vishuddha Chakra), Earth (Muladhara Chakra) and Water (Swadhistana Chakra). One could argue it contains all of the elements, as the mind controls the elements, senses and all vital energy.
Lesson Plan – See With Your Mind’s Eye
This week in our yoga lessons we are focusing on Ajna Chakra. We will focus our attention on Ajna Chakra behind closed and open eyes. Try closing your eyes in child pose, focusing on the third eye and notice the pressure to the third eye as you rest your forehead on the ground. Try some sun salutations, with your eyes closed, and see if you can feel and see behind your closed eyes as the postures flow. We also bring pressure to the eyebrow centre with direct pressure through the fingers, [apply light pressure for around 45 seconds to improve concentration, relieve headaches and soothe the eyes]. We also focus on the Third Eye in our forward folds, in our meditation and every time we connect the third eye to the floor. See our lesson plan in our members lesson plan section.
“Sometimes we need to close our eyes to really see what we need to see!”
This week’s Mudra is: Ajna Mudra
The tips of the thumbs and the middle fingers of each hand should touch. The second joints of the other fingers should touch as well. This is the Mudra for opening the Third Eye Chakra. It allows us to tune into our inner wisdom, creativity and intuition.
Let us know how you get on with this focus this week.