Ajna is the name of the sixth chakra, and it is also known as the third eye chakra because of its position in the centre of the forehead, in the area between the eyebrows. It influences all the organs located in the vicinity of this area, more specifically eyes, hypophysis, the hormonal system and the central nervous system, composed of the brain and spinal cord.

Ajna is connected to everything related to intuition, creative imagination, concentration and mental lucidity. The element that represents this chakra is light, a source of energy and a symbol of knowledge, as it enables vision, which makes us able to know and interact with the world.
The two colours of Ajna are indigo and purple, associated with spirituality and intellect, and it is depicted as a two-petal lotus. The petal on the right represents the sun and the left one the moon. A triangle with the tip facing down is drawn in the middle of the flower.

When the sixth chakra is open and balanced, we benefit from concentration and intuition, along with the ability to imagine and give life to visual concepts in our mind, skills that reflect a deep inner harmony.
Ajna‘s energy makes us more aware of the reality of our surroundings. We are able to clearly process ideas, opinions, discussions, and judgments with a critical and rational spirit.

On the contrary, when Ajna is blocked, a different range of physical and psychological effects can be seen. On a physical level we more frequently experience apathy, depression, chronic fatigue, insomnia, and/or nervousness.
On the other hand, we easily lose our memory and get distracted by our thoughts. We become worried, anxious, and fearful, and we feel useless.
The greatest risk we run into is to stop dreaming and lose idealism, convincing us to reject any idea or stimulus that is spiritual or not related to tangible facts.
If this energy centre works excessively, our head becomes heavy. Impatience and selfishness become frequent attitudes, and we are naturally driven to try to prevail over everything.

Ajna in summary

PositionIn the middle of the forehead, between the eyebrows
FunctionIntuition, imagination
SenseSixth Sense
Crystals and StonesAmethyst, fluorite, lapis lazuli, sapphire, opal, zirconia, sodalite
AnimalsSymbolism does not provide a representative animal for this chakra

Exercises to rebalance Ajna

Whether it is closed or overly active, the exercises that have a beneficial effect on the Ajna chakra are mainly three.

Shambhavi Mudra

Shambhavi is a powerful mudra used during meditation to still the mind and to experience higher stages of consciousness.

How to do it

This mudra consists basically in gazing at the eyebrow centre. Keeping your eyes closed, look towards the tip of your nose. At the same time, focus on maintaining normal breathing. This will help you relax the area corresponding to the chakra and dissolve unnecessary thoughts.

Khechari mudra

The Kechari mudra is believed to be a yogic gesture that helps the performer achieve a heightened state of knowledge. It is rather uncommon among the yoga practices, perhaps because it feels a bit strange even for those who are accustomed to a regular practice of yoga.

Through Khechari mudra both ends, Muladhara and Ajna, come together. It helps control emotions, and improves concentration.

How to do it

Roll your tongue backwards until the tip of the tongue touches the soft palate. and has a direct influence on Kundalini.

Bhramari Pranayama

Bhramari pranayama is effective in calming down the mind. It is one of the best breathing exercises to free the mind of agitation, frustration, or anxiety, and to get rid of anger.

How to do it

Start sitting in a comfortable and quiet environment with your back straight. Tap both ears with thumbs and place the indices on your closed eyes. The middle fingers can be placed freely to the sides of the nose, while the ring finger and little finger are located above and below the lips. The mouth is closed.
Inhale deeply and hold your breath for a few seconds. Then press on the sides of your nose and let your breath flow slowly. Repeat this exercise seven times, one after the other.
After the repetition stay for 10-15 minutes in this pose breathing normally.
Focus on the flow of oxygen into your body and listen to the inner sound at the level of your forehead.