Definition - What does Bindu Chakra mean?
Bindu chakra is one of the centers of energy located throughout the body. It is not included within the traditional seven major chakras, but is sometimes called the eighth chakra and is located in the head. Bindu is a Sanskrit word meaning “point” or “dot” and symbolizes the point or source of all creation, whereas chakra means “wheel” or “disk.”
Not mentioned in many schools of yoga, the bindu chakra is important in Tantra yoga for its healing properties. It is activated through meditation and certain asanas.
Yogapedia explains Bindu Chakra
Bindu chakra lies at the back of the head about five inches from the top of the skull. When this chakra is not activated, it is similar to a dot, but when charged, the bindu chakra energy of vitality and health begins to flow. In the Tantric tradition, bindu chakra is thought to hold a special nectar (amrit) which helps the yogi reach enlightenment. Both shoulder stand and headstand are yoga postures which open the bindu chakra. Ujayii pranayama and khecari mudra are also useful in activating this chakra.
Each chakra is a center of energy believed to affect the body on a physical, spiritual and emotional level. The benefits of opening the bindu chakra include improved eyesight, greater awareness through the awakening of the pineal gland, inner harmony and emotional balance. It also controls hunger and thirst, promoting healthy eating habits. It may relieve anxiety and depression, and expands creativity and imagination.
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