An Introduction To The Third-Eye Chakra + How To Heal It
The seven chakras are the main energy centers of the body. The sixth chakra, also called the Ajna or third-eye chakra, is related to our ability to focus on and see the bigger picture. Once you open the third-eye chakra, it becomes easier to connect with the present moment instead of living in the past or future. This extremely spiritual chakra is connected to your intuition, psychic abilities, and higher knowing. Here's a quick beginner's guide to this chakra:
Location of the third-eye chakra.
On the forehead between the eyes. It's also called the brow chakra.
What our third-eye chakra controls.
Intuition, imagination, wisdom, the ability to think and make decisions.
Color of the third-eye chakra.
Healing exercises for the third-eye chakra.
- Kitchari mudra: Curl the tongue to the back of the throat
- Shambhavi mudra: Bring your eyes up and gaze between the eyebrows
- Kumbhaka breathing: Retain your breath on the inhale and exhale
To put these all together, start in a seated position with your legs crossed. Then, gently tilt the head back until it's at a 45-degree angle. Start by curling your tongue to the back of your throat, as far as it can go. Breathe in and out very slowly. Once you are comfortable doing that, add in the Shambhavi mudra and focus your gaze between the brow. Then, add in the final technique and hold your breath for a few seconds—or however long you're comfortable with—on each inhale and exhale. Stay in this practice for as long as is comfortable. Come out of it by releasing the head, then releasing the tongue, then bringing your breath back to its normal cadence. This exercise should help you tune out distractions and look inward, where the intuition lives.
Beneficial foods for the third-eye chakra.
- Purple-colored fruits like grapes and blueberries
- Lavender-flavored spices or tea
If you want to learn even more about chakras and how to open each to harness your spiritual energy to feel truly alive, check out my course, Chakras 101: How to Harness Your Spiritual Energy for Better Sex, Better Sleep & Better Moods.
Yogi Cameron left the world of high fashion to pursue the Yogic path in India, and has studied Ayurveda and Yoga since 2003. Today, he's based in L.A. and has helped thousands of people tap into their spiritual side through yoga, meditation, his books, and other practices.
Yogi Cameron became certified in Yoga at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City as well as the Sri Satchidananda Ashram. He studied Ayurvedic Medicine at Arsha Vidya Peetam in South India and trained at the International Academy of Ayurveda in Pune, india. He’s been featured in ELLE magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The London Times, and has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, E! Entertainment, and Martha, amongst others. He is also an expert on the hit show “Conversations with Maria Menounos” on SiriusXM.
He is also a mindbodygreen video course instructor, and his chakra-opening course is designed to help you create more harmony and purpose in your life.