Balancing the Third Eye Chakra
I am going to share something very personal with you because I think it will help illustrate why working the third eye or Brow Chakra is so important. When I was younger, I used to think every ailment that I got was going to be my last. I ran from doctor to doctor seeking answers to every little strange ache and pain that cropped up in my life. I also was afraid of everything– thunderstorms and earthquakes to name two of the big ones. For me, it was a lack of knowledge, discernment and life wisdom that kept me imbalanced. I had plenty of creativity and imagination (lol). I had a lot of work to do to develop faith in my inner wisdom. Often work on the 6th Chakra comes with age, but some people are born wise or life hits them hard early in life, so they are faced with many big issues that can lead to development of this intuitive sense. According to www.multidimension.com, the brow chakra and the crown chakra are interconnected with two parts of the brain. “The pituitary gland is called the ‘seat of the mind’ with the frontal lobe regulating emotional thoughts such as poetry and music, and the anterior lobe regulating concrete thought and intellectual concepts. On the other hand, the pineal gland is known as the ‘seat of illumination, intuition and cosmic consciousness’. The pineal gland is to the pituitary gland what intuition is to reason.” If this Chakra is out of balance, physically you might be experiencing head aches, eye aches or be unable to sleep or have nightmares.
The following is an excerpt from the class I teach on the third eye chakra. I encourage my students to try one of several doTERRA essential oil blends– clary sage to reduce anxiety and brain fog or Frankincense to increase higher mental powers. Start in child’s pose –making sure to have your fists or a block touching the brow between your eyes. From there move into a downward dog, placing a block so that your forehead is touching something. Use blocks during the forward fold before coming up to standing. Do several sun salutations– the first couple with your eyes open and then close your eyes to rely on your intuition to guide you through the sequence. During the balance work, we call upon the eagle again. The eagle, as well as other birds of prey, have amazing vision. They soar above everything and can see the tapestry of our lives. Without this eagle eye, our lives look like the underside of a tapestry– a mesh of threads going every which way. We work through several other poses from a seated position– all with our head touching a block. The simple act of touching a body part you are attempting to activate draws both your attention and energy there. Then meditate on the third eye by looking at a candle or closing the eyes completely and visualize a 5-pointed star with each point representing aspects of our higher brain functions. I had one of my students report back to me that after we worked the third eye chakra, she had a dream that her mother was in the room with her giving her a hug. She said it was not spooky, rather very comforting.
The fire staring practice is done first by softening your focus and staring at the flame as long as you can without blinking. Follow that with gently closing your eyes and noticing any visions or images that crop up. Try to allow thoughts and images to pass by as if they are clouds in the sky. If you are an auditory learner, hum the following seed sound— Aum, Aum, Aum. I invite my students to select a throat chakra affirmation to become their mantra as they leave the class. Maybe one of them will speak to you.
I wish you health and joy in your day. Namaste, Andrea
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How do you know whether a Chakra is in balance or not?
How do you know which Chakra is out of balance and the bigger question, why is out of balance? As my yoga students and I have been exploring Chakras the past two months, we have answered these questions by conducting an inquiry into our bodies, minds and hearts.
During our Sacral Chakra Yoga class, we used several essential oils to deepen our appreciation for our sensual self – Wild Orange and the other citrus oils such as Bergamot are uplifting and encouraging. When we feel stuck or ravaged by life and age, our sacral area can go dormant. If you have ever felt like you are sleeping walking through life – just getting through your day without feeling love or passion, you might be experiencing a Sacral Chakra imbalance.
Here is the routine we did for balancing our sacral chakra. Feel free to try this at home. Of course, you can contact me through my website.
First we tap into our spine and sacral area at the base of our spine by moving through a cat/cow sequence on hands and knees, making sure to inhale when your belly drops and head lifts and then exhale as you pull your navel to the spine looking down at your knees (1) (2). To keep moving this lower area of our spine in another direction, we then look sideways over our shoulder doing a C curve, making sure to keep our back in the table top position as we wag our tail the same direction. (3) Coming up on your knees, extend one leg to the side balancing and reach away from your outstretched leg. Then reach toward your outstretched leg. (4) (5) Do this Gate lock pose on both sides. Carefully come up to standing perhaps through a safe forward fold and set up for Warrior 2. (6) To release the front hip in this pose, come up on the ball of the front foot briefly (7) and then lower (8) being sure your knee remains behind your toes to keep them safe. Repeat on both sides. Lift your arm straight up to the sky with the front knee bent, stretch out your side body in a Reverse Warrior. (9) Repeat this post which is also known as Exalting the warrior on both sides. A wonderful balance for activating your creative nature is Dancers Pose (10) If you need to set up next to a post or wall and then release your forward hand this is a great way to access this pose safely. Make sure to do this pose on both sides as well (noting any differences between the sides, without judgement). Your body should be warmed up sufficiently to do Pigeon Pose, known as the king or queen of hip openers. (11) Notice how I am using a bolster to even out my hips in this deep pose. You can stay up right or fold forward to feel this pose deeply in both the front and the back of the sacral area. If you have knee issues, pigeon should be down lying on your back. Your last pose is a seated cobblers or butterfly pose. (12) Elevating hips on a blanket can keep your pelvis and lower back safe in this pose. While in this pose, you might want to say the following 2nd chakra mantra VAM, VAM, VAM.
End your practice in Savassana.
When you balance your 2nd chakra, you enable yourself to experience joy and creativity without the need to overdo it. You take good care of your body with healthy food and clean water. Your emotions are balanced. Leave your comments or questions below. Namaste.
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