Your third eye is your vision, your dreams. The Sanskrit word for the sixth chakra is “Ajna,” which means “beyond wisdom.”
The sixth chakra is located in between, and just above, the eyes. It is sometimes referred to as the Brow Chakra.
“The sixth chakra is involved in both the creation and perception of art and in the recognition that what we see has a powerful impact on us,” according to Yoga Journal. “While our two eyes see the material world, our sixth chakra sees beyond the physical. This vision includes clairvoyance, telepathy, intuition, dreaming, imagination and visualization.”
Excessive energy in the Third Eye Chakra can lead to difficulties concentrating, headaches, hallucinations and nightmares. A deficient sixth chakra can result in eye problems and poor memory.
Stimulate the third eye with pressure on the chakra. Forward bends with a bolster can allow you to press and rest your forehead on the bolster, and yoga poses like Child’s Pose (Balasana), where you rest your head on your mat, can help to balance the sixth chakra.
Try closing your eyes during your practice to move your gaze inward and focus on how your body feels in your poses, rather than how your poses look. You can even try wearing a blindfold during your practice to keep your third eye in a calm and balanced state as your body moves.
Your third eye is responsible for dreams, affirmations and visualizations in your life, so fill your mind with insights that are positive and motivating.
Dark blue fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, blackberries and eggplant, can help to stimulate the Third Eye Chakra. Red wine and grape juice can also help to awaken your visual center, as well as lavender spice and poppy seed.