Yoga Poses for Ajna (Brow/Third Eye Chakra)
The best yoga poses for the Ajna (Brow Chakra) are those that help us connect with our inner self, as well as feel connected to the Divine. Balancing and opening the third eye chakra through yoga allows us to cultivate our 'inner witness' which connects us to our core self and helps to awaken intuition. The following yoga poses will open, activate, clear and energize your Brow Chakra especially, but will still benefit the other chakras and the entire mind-body-spirit as well.
Downward Facing Dog
Thunderbolt Pose (Vajrasana)
This yoga posture helps us to overcome our 'inner critic' and any self judgements that keep us feeling bad and drains us of our energy and personal power. This pose helps us to become better observes of our thoughts without become too attached. This allows us to be released from the grips of negative or self defeating thinking.
Sit on your heels in a kneeling position--with knees about hip width apart and . Rest your palms on your thights.
Keep your spine straight and release all of your weight downward.
Breathe in and out through your nose.
Allow your spine to lengthen upwards and your shoulders release and widen.
Direct your gaze towards the floor and relax.
Continue breathing and observe your thoughts as they flow. Watch them like clouds on a sunny day passing you by. Do not become attached to any of the thoughts but simply observe them as they drift by one by one.
This pose will help you to develop more self compassion. You will begin to notice patterns of behavior in yourself that do not serve your highest good. You will experience greater unity with others and the world around you, as well a sense of greater peace, joy and inner knowing.
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
This yoga pose will will gently prepare you for the crown chakra headstand as you will get used to the increased blood flow to your head. As you hold this position, be sure to concentrate on your ajna chakra (third eye). This position also calms the mind and energizes the entire body.
Begin by kneeling down on all fours while keeping your back flat.
Begin to slowly walk your hands farther forward, while your palms remain flat on the floor. Spread your fingers and establish firm contact with the floor.
Exhale and lift your taibone as your straighten your legs while keeping your feet flat on the floor. Lengthen your tailbone away from the pelvis.
Keep lifting your buttocks towards the ceiling.
Strengthen your knees but make sure to not lock them up.
Keep your hands and arms straight while keeping firm contact with the floor. Press your palms into the mat.
Remain in this pose for about 1 - 3 minutes.
Child's Pose (Balasana)
This is one of the most powerful yoga poses. It will help you get in touch with your own breathing and with the movement and flow of air within your belly. In this posture, the pranic water energy will flow and awaken you to your inner life as you observe your breath.
Kneel on a yoga mat (or the soft ground). Separate your legs about hip width apart and sit on your heels.
Exhale slowly as you lean forward and fold the top half of your body over the lower half.
Lengthen your tailbone as you rest your forehead on the may.
As you hold this pose, let your arms go back so that the backs of your hands are resting on the mat. Alternatively, you can also stretch your arms in front of your body with palms resting on the mat.
While you are in the child's pose position, quietly observe your breath as it fills your abdomen and chest. Bring your awareness to your pelvic area and notice how you feel with each in breath, and also with each out breath.
Plow Pose (Halasana)
This is an advanced yoga pose
This yoga posture provides a strong opening for both the throat and the heart chakra. This position symbollically allows us to 'plow' energetically through the 'field' in order to implant new patterns of behavior which will serve us better in our lives.
During this position you may need to use a folded towel to place underneath your shoulders for better support.
Lie on your back with your arms by your side. Breathe in.
On an out breath, bend your knees and bring your thighs up towards your belly.
Engage your core muscles and lift your bottom off the floor.
Place your heads on your lower back and begin to straighten your legs upwards.
Stabalize yourself in this posture and take a few breaths. Allow your face, scalp, neck and shoulders to 'release'. Observe your breath.
When you feel you have release the tension from your face, neck and shoulders, and when your breathing is even and steady, slowly drop on leg behind your head.
If your breath remains steady, drop the other leg behind your head.
Hold the psoture for few breaths and visualize your heart and throat chakra gently opening to the power and flow of energy.
More Brow Chakra Yoga Positions
Corpse Pose (Savasana)
Easy Pose (Sukhasana)