Ajna chakra infographic. Sixth, heart chakra symbol description and features.Sometimes mistakenly called the sinus chakra (due to its location), the 6th Chakra, is known as the Third Eye Chakra, or Ajna chakra in Sanskrit.

It is located right in the center of your forehead and deals with insight, intuition, and wisdom. The Third Eye weakens through all forms of illusions. Physically, it supports your upper frontal sinuses, eyes, ears, and the outer layers of your brain.

A closed or blocked sixth chakra will keep you stuck in analytical, busy, churn mode, which is exhausting and stressful.

5 Signs Your Sixth Chakra is Weak

1. You feel lost when it comes to a sense of purpose and a path in life

This sense of being lost and without inner guidance can lead to becoming very ritualistic and dogmatic in following a particular leader or system that gives you a sense of purpose or meaning.

2. You have an active imagination, but not in a good way

Your imagination often finds its way into regret and worry mode. Regret about the past and worry about the future. You imagine all the things that could go wrong, all the negative things that people might be thinking about you, and a future that is scary if you don’t take massive action now to fix everything.

3. You spend much of your day trying to figure everything out, and getting frustrated when you can’t.

You find it hard to turn off the churn mode which results in difficulty being present in the moment and trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.

4. You are often highly attached to things turning out the way you want them to or think they should

Thus, life may seem a constant emotional roller coaster.  You feel up when things seem to be going your way and down when they don’t.

5. You experience any of the following physical symptoms on a frequent or chronic basis

  • Frequent headaches
  • Upper/frontal sinus conditions
  • Neurological disorders
  • Disorders of the eyes or ears
  • Disorders of the outer brain.

If any of these signs of weakness describe you, experiment with the five things below to help you open and strengthen your sixth chakra.

5 Things You Can Do To Strengthen Your Sixth Chakra

1. Reflection

Close up beauty portrait of a young caucasian healthy woman eye looking up with lush and long eyelashesThe sixth chakra is about seeing through illusions. Seeing clearly is more about what you see WITH than what you actually see.

When you see with the eyes of your Soul, you see clearly.  When you see with the eyes of your personality, you don’t see clearly. Recognizing this can stop you from automatically believing that everything you are seeing is true.

The simple rule is this: when you feel lousy, that is a warning sign that you can’t and shouldn’t trust how you’re seeing things at the moment.

Any actions you take from this place of distorted perception to try to “fix” things will just make things worse.  Best to recover a more definite perspective before making any decisions or taking actions designed to fix anything.

2. Free Writing

Experiment with free writing.  Write down a question you have that you are not clear on and would like to have more internal/intuitive guidance on.

Clear your mind (maybe through trying #3 or #4 or #5 below). Then start writing whatever thoughts you become aware of, no matter what they are.

Don’t edit your thoughts, just write them down and see what kind of answers emerge. If something causes your soul to stir or your heart to glow, take action in that direction.

3. Sound Vibration

Intone the “om” sound using the word “home” and feel the vibration in your sinus chakra as you hold out the “mmm” sound. Imagine a deep indigo blue light radiating from your sixth chakra and sending healing and balancing energy to your eyes, ears, and brain.

A table of meanings, colors, symbols, signs and gestures for chakras, mudras and mantras.

Experiment intoning with your ears unplugged (normal) and with them plugged by your fingers.

4. Nasal Chakra Breath

Do the “Alternate Nostril Breath” exercise. Use your finger to close your left nostril and slowly breathe in through your right nostril. Then switch and cover your right nostril and slowly breath out through your left nostril. Then breath in again through your already open left nostril and out through your right.

Repeat for as many cycles as you want. In right, out left.  In left, out right. This is a very calming breath and stimulates and balances both hemispheres of your brain and creates a relaxed state of alertness with your attention in the present moment.

5.  Yoga Asana

Perform the “Cat/Cow” yoga asana.Cat-Cow

Begin on hands and knees, as shown in image 1. Slowly move into “cat” position (image 2) by arching your back up and dropping your head down toward your chest. Now slowly move into “cow” position (image 3) by raising your head back up and arching your lower back down.

Begin moving back and forth between cat and cow positions, breathing in through your nose as you move your head up into cow and out through your nose as you move your head down into cat. Try to do Cat/Cow for thirty to sixty seconds.

The Balanced Third Eye

Balancing your 6th chakra is a crucial part of living a balanced and healthy life. From the physical issues this sinus chakra can cause (such as headaches and even brain issues), to lack of mental clarity, depression, and purposelessness, it affects every area of life.

An open and strong Ajna or nasal chakra will enable you to spend most of your time in relaxed flow mode and to tap into inner wisdom and intuition, which is really guidance from your Soul.

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John E. Groberg is the creator of Spiral Up Yoga, and the author of the book by the same name, which teaches a simple daily self-care practice for body, mind and soul that is chakra-based and can be done at home by anyone, anywhere in just five minutes. Seven chakras. Seven days. One rule: Do something today for five minutes to strengthen today's chakra. To learn more and see free instructional videos of all 49 asanas taught visit his website.