As some of you may know I’m working for YUJ – Yoga With Style, the first French yoga brand. I’m in charge of the sales and marketing department but also of the blog. Up to now actually…
You’ll find below the article I co-wrote with the founder of YUJ, Hélène Duval, for the website Glowing.Co website.
Time to turn on our indigo chakra!
Yogis make a big deal about chakras, and so they should.
So, to get us all on the same page, here’s a brief introduction into the world of chakras and what they’re all about.
Let’s make it short, shall we? We have seven main chakras or “energy centers” in our bodies. These are: the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third-eye chakra and the crown chakra. It’s quite a combo.
Following so far? Good! Let’s keep going.
Each chakra takes a different “physical location” along the spine. It is said that our vital energy flows through these chakras and that, to stay healthy, the energy needs to be able to travel freely without hitting any roadblocks. If the energy is blocked in any way, we can become ill, depressed or we can feel unbalanced.
Let’s focus on the sixth chakra, the “Ajna” in Sanskrit or third eye. It’s linked to a fabulous indigo color.
The third-eye chakra takes its place between the eyes, on the forehead. This chakra is connected to our imagination and intuition, so it is often considered to be a door to our inner world.
When this chakra is well balanced we are able to focus properly, to use our intuition, to see “the big picture” and to make wise decisions. All good things.
But when this chakra is out of balance, we can suffer from disorientation, headaches, insomnia, and….what was the last thing again? Oh yes, poor memory.
In our rational westernized world, we can relate the third eye chakra to the pineal gland, the organ in charge of producing melatonin. You know, the glorious hormone that is produced when it’s dark to enable us to sleep properly? Yes, that guy.
A good melatonin release helps us to sleep well and subsequently prevents insomnia, headaches and other sleep disorders.
Sleeping is always good! Especially during the last months of winter. We all love smooching under cozy blankets or sleeping in on cold mornings and now we can do this guilt-free knowing it’s good for us!
Why not try to go to bed 30 minutes earlier each night. Or, even more delicious, why not schedule a nap during the day? It’s not always easy but it is always worth taking the time to sleep. When you get some beloved shut-eye, your cells are renewed, your energy is restored, you can dream dreamy dreams, your brain detoxifies, your memory is enabled and your indigo chakra can heal and rest right there along with you.
If you were to take part in a yoga session focused on stimulating the Ajna chakra, you’d work on positions that strengthen the neck and head. You would do inversions and try to visualize the indigo color. Imagine indigo flowers floating around in your forehead like a pretty fantasy movie!
All in all, if you’d like to keep a clear mind and make more intuitive decisions, look after your third eye chakra. Sleep tight and dream big!