Also known as Ajna Chakra, the Third Eye Chakra is located between the eyebrows and corresponds to our thoughts, dreams and intuition.
Our judgement can become clouded when the Third Eye Chakra is not in balance as we do not have a direct line of communication with our own inner wisdom. We can become closed off to embracing new ideas and become stuck in the mundane rather than following our true path.
This can physically manifest in symptoms such as headaches, migraines and other issues with the head such as eye, ear and hair problems.
Unblocking our Third Eye Chakra can bring greater clarity to our lives, thoughts and intuition. Learn more about the chakras here and read on for some yoga poses to help with balancing the chakra Third Eye Chakra.
Beginning on all fours with the knees directly beneath the hips, come down onto the forearms aligning your shoulders above the wrists.
Press your palms and forearms into the floor, tuck your toes and lift your knees off the floor, hips up and back. Keep the knees bent at first and extend the sit bones towards the ceiling.
Still pressing the forearms into the mat, slide the shoulder blades down the back and outwards from the spine.
Imagine they are wrapping underneath your armpits.
Keeping the ears in line with the upper arms begin to straighten the legs only as far as is possible without the upper back becoming rounded.
Eagle Pose (Garudasana)
Starting in Tadasana, begin to bend the knees a little and bring weight into the right foot as you slowly lift the left foot off the mat and cross your left thigh over right.
Further hook the left foot around the right calf, staying strong and steady in the right foot. Extend the arms straight forward at shoulder distance, parallel to the floor and then bend at the elbows, fingertips pointing upwards.
Cross the arms in front of the chest, right arm over left. Further, wrap the forearms so that palms face each other and press the palms together.
Relax the shoulders and firm your shoulder blades against the back, keeping the upper arms parallel to the floor and reaching the fingers towards the ceiling.
Stay here for a couple of breaths, then unravel and repeat on the other side.
Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III)
Set your foundation in Tadasana folding then into Uttanasana (standing forward fold). Step back with the right foot into a high lunge, raising the arms overhead.
Lean the torso forwards and lengthen arms forwards, alongside the ears, parallel to the floor, palms facing in.
Press strongly into the left foot as you lean further forward, raising the right foot off the mat in line with the hip, parallel to the floor and pressing through the heel.
Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
Begin again in Tadasana with a slight bend in the knees if required. Begin to fold forward from the hips rather than the lower back extending the spine forwards and down.
Place your hands on the floor or the back of your calves, ground your feet and begin to extend the sit bones towards the ceiling.
Childs Pose (Balasana)
Sitting on your heels, extend your arms forward to rest your fingertips on the mat in front of you.
Lengthen the spine by pressing your sit bones back and extending your torso forwards as you begin to lean over your thighs to rest your forehead either on the mat or on a block or cushion in front of you.
Lengthen the arms towards the heels and let the shoulders round down. With each exhalation, relax a little more.
- Be mindful as you practice these poses to work within your abilities and range of movement.
- These poses should not be practiced if you are suffering from glaucoma, diarrhoea, high blood pressure or headaches.
- If you are pregnant or have any medical concerns, be sure to speak to your doctor before practicing yoga.