Can you recall last night’s dream? Can you imagine how you would like your body to feel tomorrow? These imaginative abilities–visualizing the past, creating positive pictures of the future, and fantasizing–are all aspects of Ajna chakra, whose Sanskrit name means both ‘the perception center’ and ‘the command center.’ Associated with the color indigo, the 6th chakra is located between and just above the physical eyes, creating the spiritual third eye. While our two eyes see the material world, our 6th chakra sees beyond the physical. This vision includes clairvoyance, telepathy, intuition, dreaming, imagination and visualization.
When the third eye is excessively abuzz with energy we experience headaches, hallucinations, nightmares and difficulty concentrating. When this chakra is deficient we have a poor memory, experience eye problems, have difficulty recognizing patterns, can’t visualize well, and and have an inability to focus.
For our 6th chakra yoga classes last week, those who chose to wore blindfolds or kept their eyes closed. The reason is so that you are not distracted by your eyes–looking at the room, other students, or even looking critically at your own body. Instead, you experience a drawing inward. Oftentimes, you can have profound insights about your body and your life. We also did some yoga postures where our forehead touched the ground–child’s pose is a perfect example–to bring our awareness to our 6th chakra and stimulate the energy there. After class the majority of the comments I heard from students were positive: “I felt so relaxed.” “I felt like I could balance better.” “I want to wear the blindfold again in another yoga class!”
P.S. Above is a picture of the chakra bracelet that the Bead Brat, Sue Doyle, made me in honor of our “Balancing Your Chakras” session. It is made with Swarovski crystals and silver. She is selling them for only $15. It is definitely helping to remind me to put into practice all the qualities that we are focusing on during our chakra classes each week. If you would like to place a special order for one please let me know.