This month is all about the 6th chakra, our third eye or “Ajna” chakra. The area of this chakra is the center of our forehead. This chakra is all about seeing clearly – seeing things as they really are, awareness, clarity of vision. It’s element is light and its color is violet. It’s sound is a very common chant in yoga classes, “OM.”
Different yoga poses can activate certain chakras. Here a few yoga poses I like to use to activate the third eye chakra:
From a tabletop position, bring your big toes to touch, spread your knees as wide as your mat, and sit back on your heels. Extend your arms forward and press the palms of your hands into the mat. Close your eyes, and place your forehead on the mat. Slowly roll your forehead from side to side to massage your third eye.
In tree pose, we work with fixing our gaze, or drishti, to find balance. Bring weight into your right foot. Place the sole of your left foot to your right ankle, shin or inner thigh. Reach up through the inner arches of your right foot, activate your right glutes. Fix your gaze in front of you on something that is not moving – this is called finding your drishti and helps you keep your balance and focus. Bring your hands to meet at your heart center. Five deep breaths, then slowly lower your left foot down. Repeat for other side.
This pose requires you to hug in through your core while keeping your gaze focused. Root down through your right foot, bend both of your knees, and left your left foot off the ground. Cross your left knee over your right, and hug your left foot behind your right calf. “T” out your arms. Then cross your right elbow over your left and bring the palms of your hands to meet. Align your elbows in line with your shoulders. Find your drishti, and hug in through your core, hug your thighs together. Five deep breaths, then repeat on opposite side.
Healing Foods for the 6th Chakra
You can also nourish chakras through the foods you are eating. Foods that nourish your 6th chakra are foods that feed your brain, like cacao! Chocolate helps with mental clarity, depression and helps lower blood pressure. These raw vegan brownies come together in minutes and are sure to make your brain and taste buds happy!
Vegan, Gluten-free, Oil-free
2 cups of chopped dates*
1 cup walnuts
1 cup cacao powder
Pinch of vanilla powder (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
1/2 cup peanut butter
*If your dates are pretty dry, soak them for 30 minutes, then drain
Add the dates and walnuts to a food processor and process until a dough like consistency. Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor – process until fully combined – a few minutes.
Press the mixture into a baking dish, and put in the refrigerator to set for 30-60 minutes. Then cut to whatever size you like, or make little brownie balls. Done!