Chakras are subtle energy centers along the spinal column, which govern areas of human anatomy and embody themes of human development from primitive urges to faithful spritual growth. They are symbolic of Divine forces manifested in mantras, geometric patterns, and crystal energies. Through various yogic practices, one is able to explore inner awareness and cultivate connection to these centers of concentraton, thus tapping into personal growth toward the goal of yoga, Samahdi. Though all chakras play a dynamic role in cultivating the use of meditation, the 6th or Third Eye Chakra deepens our focus on this part of our yoga practice. Known as the Ajña Chakra, this mind center holds the energy of consciousness.
A balanced 6th chakra presents as one with common sense, quick to learn, good memory, spiritual grounding, follows intuition, and uses intelligence. Imbalance in the Ajna chakra presents as one who is not sympathetic, over-thinks, lacks common sense, has sleep/nightmare issues, is forgetful, does not follow intuition, and is judgmental.
Yoga asana to support delving in the 6th chakra include: Dolphin pose, Peacock pose, Warrior I, Warrior III, Eagle pose, Crow, Crane, Child’s Pose, and sitting in Happy or Easy pose for meditation.
Pranayama that corresponds to the 6th chakra is Nadi shodhana, or alternate nostril breathing, which creates balance between the right and left hemisphere of the brain, an enhanced sensitivity to the breath and uses the inner focus to the eyebrow center necessary for meditation.
Essential oils that support the third eye chakra are those that carry the highest energetic frequency and are considered sacred oils. They are often used for meditation as they are both grounding and uplifting. Included are: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Rose, Jasmine, Clary Sage, Cypress, Patchouli, Palmrosa, Peppermint, Myrrh, Vetiver and Immortelle (Helichrysum italicum). Complimentary oils to blend with them include: Lemon, Basil Rosemary, Marjoram, Juniper, and/or Neroli.
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