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inner wisdomWisdom for the new year – that would be great to tap into our inner wisdom.

The 6th chakra-is our wisdom center

Have you ever had a gut feeling that turned out to be right? Had a feeling about someone upon meeting them that proved to be accurate? The 6th chakra, also known as the third eye chakra is the seat of inner wisdom, and the center of intuition. When it is in balance, you feel a strong sense of intuition, and the confidence to follow those hunches. When it is out of balance, you may feel out of touch with reality, overwhelmed, or fearful of following your instincts.

Balancing this chakra means learning to trust yourself. Take note daily of the times when you felt a hunch. What was the first thought that popped into your head on first meeting a new colleague? Any time you feel inexplicably pulled by instinct, listen to it.

Yoga poses can also help balance the 6th chakra. Forward folds encourage drawing the awareness in, and poses where gentle pressure is applied to the third eye area soothe this very active center.

catspaw cartoonsSpend some time in child’s pose. If it is not comfortable to rest your head on the mat, place a block or a Catspaw Cushions  underneath your forehead. Make the pose more restorative by placing a blanket under your seat.

An extended downward facing dog with a block underneath your forehead provides a or a cushions, more active way to tap into the third eye. Come into catspaw cartoon2a traditional down dog with one or more blocks stacked in a way that you can rest your head. The head and neck will  relax while the hands and feet are actively pressed into the mat.

Set yourself up in a supported seated forward fold. You can sit on a blanket or bolster to raise the hips. Place rolled up blankets beneath the knees, and create a stack of blocks so that when you fold forward you can rest your forehead.

Finish your third eye practice with a meditation on the sound “sham” which is associated with the chakra. Inhale through the nose, and exhale the repetition of the sound either out loud or silently.

Pause – contact us for more on tapping into the wisdom of this chakra.

6th chakra mixed media by Diane Wright @sunjourneystudio

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