Third Eye Chakra

Last Updated: November 25, 2019

Definition - What does Third Eye Chakra mean?

The third eye chakra is the sixth chakra and is located between the eyes just above the brow. When stimulated, both hemispheres of the brain work together and help one transcend dualistic thinking. The third eye chakra is believed to be responsible for one's sixth sense; the sense of intuition. It is responsible for one's inspiration and awareness.

Third eye chakra is also known as ajna in Sanskrit.

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Yogapedia explains Third Eye Chakra

The third eye chakra is represented by the color indigo and is drawn as a two-petalled flower with an upside down triangle in the middle. The bija mantra associated with the third eye chakra is Om and chanting this bija is one of the ways thought to bring the third eye chakra into balance.

Imbalances of the third eye chakra can cause coordination problems, sleep disorders, thyroid problems, fevers, the flu, and problems in the mouth, jaw, tongue, neck and shoulders. Practicing yoga can help balance this chakra.

Some yoga poses that can help open and balance the third eye chakra include:

  • Thunderbolt pose (vajrasana)
  • Downward-facing dog pose (adho mukha savasana)
  • Child’s pose (balasana)
  • Supported shoulder-stand (salamba sarvangasana)
  • Standing half forward bend (ardha uttanasana)
  • Big toe pose (padangusthasana)
  • Hero pose (virasana)
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