The sixth chakra is the ajna chakra, more commonly known as the third eye. Located in the space between and just above the eyebrows, this is the place where one finds the ability to focus and think. It is where one's intuition, perception and imagination lives. It takes one to a spiritual place of high intuition and perception. When this chakra is balanced, one gains the ability to see beyond the physical and gain clairvoyance and insight. When there is too much activity or stimulation in the third eye, one may find trouble concentrating and making decisions, or have headaches. For those deficient in the ajna chakra, the ability to see and understand things may be troublesome. Memory loss and eye issues could also be problems asscociated with a deficient third eye chakra. Within the physical body, the ajna chakra is associated with the pineal or pituitary glands.
Other characteristics of the sixth chakra, the ajna chakra include:
- Color: Indigo
- Element: Light
- Mantra: Aum
- Petals on the lotus flower: 2
- God/Goddess: Shiva Shakti
Poses and practices to help balance the third eye would be meditation with a focus on the third eye, child's pose pressing the third eye into the floor or other forward folds, using the thumbs or blocks or bolsters to ignite the third eye. Sitting in a meditative position with the palms together and thumbs pressing against the third eye can help open and stimulate the ajna chakra. Also visualizing positive images, such as deities, in a meditation can help keep the ajna chakra in balance.
Tomorrow: The Sahasrara Chakra