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Ajna Chakra: How to Awaken Your Third-Eye Chakra

October 7, 2020

Last updated : August 15, 2023

In our chaotic lives, we are all searching for purpose, direction, and wisdom. It is in these moments that the Third-Eye Chakra, or Ajna Chakra, can help.

Located in the center of your forehead between your eyebrows, the Third-Eye Chakra is a profound energy center that holds the power to connect us with our intuition, heighten our perception, and illuminate our destined path in life.

Join us as we dive into this energy center, exploring its key characteristics, healing powers, and how you can activate and balance it for optimal health and well-being.

What Is the Third-Eye (Ajna) Chakra?

The Third-Eye Chakra, or Ajna Chakra in Sanskrit, is the sixth of the seven primary chakras in the body. Also known as the “perception center,” it is believed to be the seat of the soul and the gateway to higher consciousness.

The sixth chakra is also associated with light, which represents clarity, understanding, and spiritual insight. As a result, it is key to gaining higher consciousness and forms the focal point of concentration during asana or meditation practices.

In the physical body, the Ajna Chakra corresponds with the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the pineal gland, as well as the eyes, ears, and the nose.

What Is the Meaning of the Third-Eye Chakra?

The word Ajna, pronounced 'Agya’ means “foremost” in Sanskrit, and is the most prominent center of our consciousness, intuition, and perception.

What Is the Location of the Third-Eye Chakra?

The Ajna Chakra is located in the astral body corresponding to the spinal cord, at the center of the brain. Its exact location is four inches behind the center of the eyebrows.

While the two physical eyes see the past and the present, the third eye reveals insight into the future. It establishes a connection with the external world through inner vision, and focusing on this energy center motivates us to move beyond worldly desire and distractions.

Third-Eye Chakra Characteristics


The symbol of the third eye chakra.

The Third-Eye Chakra symbol is a lotus flower with two petals. The two petals represent the dualities of your ego, such as your likes and dislikes, and the lotus flower represents your inner consciousness and its ability to surpass these dualities.


The color associated with the Third-Eye Chakra is indigo, which represents intuition, insight, and spiritual awareness.

Indigo is a deep shade of blue that is seen above the atmosphere of the Earth. This color also symbolizes freedom from material elements.

Sound (Seed Mantra)

The sound or mantra associated with the Ajna Chakra is “Om,” pronounced 'O-n-gm'.

Chanting the Third-Eye Chakra mantra can help activate and balance the sixth energy center, promoting greater spiritual awareness and intuition.


The element related to the sixth energy center is called ‘Avyakata,’ which means “cannot be described because it is without a form." Some also associate light with this element. Light represents clarity, understanding, and spiritual insight.


The Third-Eye Chakra mudra is Hakini, also known as the mudra of the mind. Practitioners often use this mudra in meditation to channel prana to the third eye and open the consciousness.

If you have difficulty concentrating or finding the present moment, the Hakini mudra can also improve your focus and direct your attention inwards.

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Third-Eye Chakra Opening Symptoms

The Ajna Chakra is a powerful energy center that can bring numerous benefits to your life when balanced and aligned. If you’re unsure whether this energy center is activated, look out for these common signs and symptoms associated with a Third-Eye Chakra opening:

Mental & Emotional Symptoms

Enhanced Intuition and Psychic Abilities

When the Third-Eye Chakra is open, you become more perceptive and insightful and you are able to receive guidance from your higher self and spiritual realm.

Greater Clarity and Focus

A balanced Ajna Chakra cultivates mental clarity and focus. You are naturally more alert, aware, and able to concentrate on tasks, ideas, and thoughts. With greater clarity, focus, and intuition, you are also better equipped to make sound decisions.

Increased Creativity

This energy center plays a key role in your imagination and creativity. When open and balanced, you are more likely to tap into your creative potential, boosting your artistic expression and innovation.

Deeper Spiritual Connection

A Third-Eye Chakra opening often manifests as a deep and profound connection between your spiritual selves and the divine. This enables you to tap into higher levels of consciousness, accessing greater wisdom and understanding of the Self.

Greater Self-Awareness

With an unblocked Third Eye Chakra, you are more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. This increased self-awareness helps you understand yourself better, helping you create a vision for the life you want.

Reduced Anxiety and Stress

A balanced Ajna Chakra helps you manage stress and anxiety more effectively. You are able to connect within and calm your mind, resulting in greater peace and relaxation.

Physical Symptoms

The sixth chakra is associated with the pituitary gland, known as the "master gland." It is located at the base of the brain, below the hypothalamus, and is responsible for producing and releasing hormones that regulate various body functions.

The pituitary gland has two lobes: the anterior and posterior lobes. The anterior lobe produces hormones that control growth, metabolism, and reproduction, as well as regulating other vital glands such as the thyroid and adrenal glands.

The posterior lobe stores and releases two important hormones: oxytocin and vasopressin. Oxytocin, also called the "love hormone," is released during social bonding activities like hugging. Vasopressin helps regulate water balance and blood pressure.

When the Ajna Chakra is open and balanced, it stimulates the pituitary gland, leading to optimal hormone production and release. This balance can improve physical health, mental clarity, and emotional well-being.

Third-Eye Chakra Blockage Symptoms

The Third-Eye Chakra is a gateway to your higher consciousness and emotional healing. However an imbalance or blockage in the system can lead to a range of physical, emotional, and mental issues.

Here are a few emotional and physical symptoms a Third-Eye Chakra blockage can cause.

Emotional Symptoms

Lack of Clarity or Focus

As the Ajna Chakra provides a direct line to your perception, a blockage can lead to a lack of clarity or focus in your thoughts and actions. This can make it difficult to concentrate and make simple decisions.

Anxiety or Depression

The sixth chakra plays a key role in regulating your emotions. When this chakra is blocked or our of balance, it can give rise to a range of emotional disturbances, such as intensified feelings of anxiety, persistent bouts of depression, and unpredictable mood swings.

Disconnected from Your Intuition

An imbalance may cause feelings of disconnection from your intuition or inner guidance. You may struggle to trust your gut instincts or make decisions that align with your values.

Lack of Creativity or Imagination

The Third-Eye Chakra is a major source of your creativity and imagination. This means that an imbalance in your system can make it difficult to come up with new ideas or express yourself creatively.

Physical Symptoms

The sixth chakra is closely associated with several key organs and senses in the physical body. It corresponds to the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and pineal gland, which are all located in the brain.

The hypothalamus and pituitary gland play crucial roles in hormonal regulation. A blockage can cause a hormonal imbalance, which could affect various bodily functions like your metabolism and even blood pressure.

Other symptoms of a blockage here include:

  • Headaches
  • Vision Problems
  • Ear-Related Issues
  • Sinus Issues
  • Sleep Disturbances

How to Awaken & Heal the Third-Eye Chakra

Balancing the chakras requires patience and a high level of awareness. With the Third-Eye Chakra, a balanced state improves both physical and the spiritual bodies. Your intuition strengthens as it is easier to listen to the inner wisdom and equal importance is given to emotions and logic, helping you make the right decisions without hesitation.

If your sixth energy center is blocked, try these Third-Eye Chakra healing techniques to bring your energy system back into balance:

Third-Eye Chakra Yoga Poses

Yoga asanas is a spiritual practice more than a physical one. Complete focus while practicing these yoga asanas activates the energy of the Third-Eye Chakra, developing stronger intuition.

Headstand (Shirshasana)

Headstand Pose

Headstand is one of the best yoga poses to open and activate the Third-Eye Chakra. This powerful inversion improves the functioning of the pineal, hypothalamus, and pituitary glands which are beneficial for improved brain function and the sensory organs in the head.

  1. Sit on the knees and hold the elbows to measure the ideal distance for your headstand.
  2. Then, lower the arms to the floor directly beneath the shoulders.
  3. Maintaining the position of the elbows, bring your hands together and interlace your fingers to create a triangle with your arms. Do not let your elbows open out.
  4. With the hands clasped behind the head, place your head on the ground.
  5. Straighten your knees, point your hips upward, and curl your toes.
  6. Start walking towards your shoulders.
  7. Bring the right knee in your chest followed by the left knee. This will make your spine straight.
  8. Lift your legs to the sky as you inhale. Straighten your legs upward while keeping your feet slightly in front of you.
  9. Bring your focus on a steady point preferably at eye level and take easy relaxed breaths. Hold the posture as long as is comfortable.

Read more: How to Practice Headstand Safely - 10 Things You Need to Know

Mantra Chanting Meditation

Another way to open and balance the sixth energy center is with Sanskrit mantras. By chanting the Third-Eye Chakra mantra “Om” in meditation, you can promote greater spiritual awareness and reduce stress and anxiety.

  1. Sit in a comfortable meditative posture with the spine elongated.
  2. Chant mentally the mantra 'Om' slowly with full awareness.
  3. Continue the chanting and concentrate on the chakra.
  4. You can repeat the chanting from 5 minutes to 15 minutes.

Third-Eye Chakra Affirmations

Here are 10 affirmations that can help to unblock and balance the Ajna Chakra:

  • I trust my intuition and follow my inner guidance.
  • I am open to receiving spiritual insights and wisdom.
  • I am connected to the universal consciousness and divine intelligence.
  • My mind is clear, focused, and sharp.
  • I trust my ability to make decisions with confidence and clarity.
  • I am open to new ideas and perspectives.
  • I trust in my inner vision and follow my path with purpose and meaning.
  • My intuition is a powerful tool that helps me navigate through life.
  • I am aligned with my higher self and inner truth.
  • I am at peace with myself and trust in the process of life.

Final Thought

The powers of the Third-Eye Chakra are infused with supreme knowledge and wisdom. The Ajna energy center balances the physical and spiritual qualities and brings harmony to the body and mind. Connecting and awakening this center brings new opportunities, peace, and fulfillment in life.

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About the author

Ram Jain

Born into a Jain family where yoga has been the way of life for five generations, my formal yoga journey began at age of eight at a Vedic school in India. There I received a solid foundation in ancient scriptures, including Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and Yoga Sutras (to name a few).

In 2009, I founded Arhanta Yoga Ashrams. I see yoga as a way to master the five senses, so I named our ashrams 'Arhanta Yoga,' the yoga to master the five senses!

In 2017, I also founded Arhanta Yoga Online Academy so that people who can not visit our ashrams can follow our courses remotely.

At Arhanta, we don't just teach yoga. We teach you how to reach your potential, deepen your knowledge, build your confidence, and take charge of your life.

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