Guest Author - Tracy Webb
‘Go inside and listen to your inner voice. Every question has an answer. Your soul is full of wisdom and knows the way’ Yogi Bhajan
The Third Eye chakra, when balanced, assists with our intellectual and psychic abilities. It is the point of visualization, meditation and intuition.
It is located in the center of the forehead about an inch about the bridge of the nose. The Third Eye is connected with the brain, pituitary and pineal glands, both of which influence the endocrine and central nervous systems. Any imbalances may result in psychological problems, such as schizophrenia and other mental functioning abilities. To a lesser degree, imbalances can lead to headaches, nightmares, fuzzy thinking and difficulty focusing.
The Third Eye chakra is our connection to the non-physical and our sense of knowing. It serves us well when we trust it, and listen to our gut feelings. This chakra is kept harmonious through going within, making meditation an ideal practice.
Any postures that direct your attention inwards will be beneficial, for example;
Downward Facing Dog
• Start on all fours with your back straight and flat.
• Walk your hands out in front of you keeping your palms flat on the floor. Spread your fingers to ensure you have a strong contact with the floor.
• As you exhale, lift yourself up onto your feet. Straighten your legs and try to keep your feet flat on the floor.
• Feel the stretch in the back of your legs and keep pushing your pelvis towards the ceiling.
• Straighten the knees, although be careful not to lock them.
• Keep your hands and arms straight and press your palms into the floor.
• In this posture do slow, long deep breathing.
• Try to hold the position for up to 3 minutes while focusing on the Third Eye.
• Kneel on the floor with knees wider than the hips.
• Bend forward between your knees until your forehead touches the floor.
• Take your hands behind you and place them face down on the soles of your feet.
• Hold this posture for up to 3 minutes while doing long deep breathing.
Both of these postures are excellent for building strength, stamina and bringing your focus within. During the long time of holding each posture, you will no doubt experience discomfort in your mind and body. Try to persevere, as it is through such practices that you deepen your ability to tame and focus the mind.