The third eye is associated with intuition, clarity and insight. It is located in the middle of the forehead, so to tune into it we want to apply pressure in this area or send energy that way. Give these 5 passive poses (and breathwork) a try to tap into this sixth chakra.
Hold each pose for about 1 minute, without any pushing or pulling or forcing yourself deeper.
As you hold these poses, you may use these affirmations to repeat to yourself. “I trust my intuition.” “My mind is clear.” “I have great insight.”
Have 1 block or maybe some firm cushions handy.
- Alternate Nostril Breath – This is a cleansing breath to bring mental alertness. Sit comfortably, so that you can lengthen your spine. Take the right hand and bend in the index and middle finger. Seal off the right nostril with the thumb, and let the air out of the left nostril. Inhale through the left nostril, for a count of 4 or 5. At the top, block the left nostril with the ring finger. Exhale out the right nostril for the same count. Then inhale through the right nostril for same count. Block it off and exhale through the left. That is 1 round, take about 10.
2. Forward Fold – Extend the right leg out, and bring the left foot towards the inner thigh. Fold directly in the middle or twist toward the right leg a bit. Use the block or cushions to meet you and support the area of the third eye.
3. Child’s Pose – Come to hands and knees, bring the toes together and the knees wide. Press the hips towards the heels. Walk the hands forward and lower the forehead to rest on the mat or a block. Find stillness as you hold here.
4. Downward Dog – From hands and knees, walk hands ahead of shoulders, tuck the toes and lift the hips up and back. Emphasize the dropping of the head. Relax the neck completely. Notice any tension in your jaw.
5. Supported Bridge – Grab your block as you lower down onto your back with knees bent. Place the block on the second level under your hips. This gentle inversion adds blood flow towards the third eye. Hold here resting with the arms at the sides. After a minute, you may choose to lower to the first level. Then extend legs out straight and reaching arms back overhead. Holding for another moment.
These 5 poses make up a 10 minute morning yoga practice as part of my chakra series. Practice with me below.