by Cindy VanDyke
This energy center is known as ajna and it is located between the eyebrows. It governs the pineal and pituitary glands. It is referred to as the mind’s eye and it is associated with self reflection. This is where one sees or witnesses their own self and being.
When you have excess energy here, you may have trouble concentrating, intrusive memories, nightmares, headaches, and delusional thoughts. If you find yourself in this state, a deep yellow color can be beneficial. Alternatively, if there is not enough energy in this chakra, you may experience poor memory, poor vision, denial, insensitivity, and a lack of imagination. In this case, the color indigo can be helpful. When this chakra is well balanced, there is a guiding vision for life with a keen intuition. Additionally, one will experience good memory recall and imagination.
For this chakra, the beneficial breath depends on if you are experiencing deficient or excessive energy. If you are experiencing excessive energy in this chakra, you can practice the nadi shodhana (a.k.a. the balance breath). If you are experiencing deficient energy in this chakra, you should do the kappalabhati (a.k.a. the breath of fire). Yoga postures of spinal twists and eye exercises are needed to balance this chakra. Finally, creating beauty, journaling, and visual stimulation can also help.
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