067 – Why the emphasis on the Ajna Chakra

“In Yoga there is a lot of emphasis on Ajna Chakra. It has been seen that when one is absolutely relaxed in deep sleep, then one practices Shambhavi mudra, where both pupils are concentrated in the mid-eyebrow centre.

When a healthy child is sleeping, first of all the breath becomes sonorous, it becomes ujjayi pranayama. Secondly, when one lifts the eyelids, one will find that both pupils are centralized in the mid-eyebrow centre.

These two symptoms indicate absolute relaxation.”

Swami Satyanananda Saraswati.

We can practice Trataka, candle gazing for developing awareness of the Ajna Chakra. It is a simple practice. Light a candle one foot away from your eyes. The candle flame should be at the right height. Chant OM seven times. Close your eyes, when you have the desire to blink. Try to see the image of the flame, in the middle of the eyebrow centre. When it disappears, open the eyes and gaze at the flame again. Do this for 15 minutes. End the practice by chanting OM 7 times. Best done early morning and before bedtime. It calms and centres the mind, and ensures deep sleep at night. Very powerful for children and adults.

Aim Hrim Klim


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