The Seventh main energy centre in the body is the Crown Chakra. It is located at the crown of the head. It is known as Sahasrana, or the thousand petal lotus and allows us to be spiritual beings beyond our physical existence. It is our consciousness and pure awareness. When Sahasrana is overly active we may feel lost, confused and over sensitive to our environment. Or when this energy centre is blocked we may feel lonely, unconnected to others and lack direction and purpose in life. When balanced we feel positivity, have life force flowing through us, an open mind and become connected to others and the world.
In our physical Yoga practice inversions such as supported headstand are great for the crown chakra, as well as postures where you lengthen up through the centre of the body such as mountain and tree pose. And one of our favorites...Savasana also know as Corpse Pose (where we lie down at the end of a Yoga class) helps to calm and balance the crown chakra.
Here are some tips for balancing the Crown Chakra.
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The sixth main chakra is know as Ajna, the third eye chakra. Anja is related to our ability to see things as they are without them being clouded by the ego. It is located in the space between the eyebrow and slightly in towards the brain. When the chakra is out of balance we may be judgmental to others, overly intellectual in our thinking and even delusional. Physical symptoms include frequent headaches and migraines. When balanced we able to express ourselves and make our dreams a reality. We feel the sense of connection with others and the world. How wonderful!
When we do our Physical Yoga practice we can use our Drishti ( gazing point). We focus on a single point e.g.: gazing in towards the navel when we are in a downward dog or up at our fingertips in triangle. This helps to still the mind by reducing distraction from external objects, people and happenings. This could be from noticing someones colourful Yoga attire to a bird flying past the window. Over time as we practice using drishti we can come into deep concentration and help balance the Third Eye Chakra. Balancing postures in Yoga such as tree and dancers pose are also add an extra layer of focus an concentration.
Here are a few more tips to help balance the Ajna Chakra.
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