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Some Ideas for Working with Ajna Chakra



Contents:


Introduction


It is not uncommon for books or yoga teachers to suggest particular practices for working with an individual chakra. What I am attempting to offer here is something a bit more general: a flavour of my personal view of the sort of practices, and approaches to practice, to use when wishing to work with Ajna Chakra. I have also attempted to distinguish between practices and approaches that will tend to stimulate (make more active) this chakra and those that will tend to stabilize (strengthen) the chakra. Inevitably, there is significant overlap in this and you may well find that, for you personally, something that I suggest as stimulating is more stabilizing and vice versa. In any case, what is offered here is very much a personal view (rather than a consensual view of experienced experts), so my strong recommendation is that you play and experiment with these ideas, both to find what works for you and to help you form your own views (as opposed to absorbing and trusting these ideas as given).


Posture Work


Stimulate


Stabilize

Any that require concentration / thought (e.g. unfamiliar, complex, balance poses).

Practising “meditatively”.

Analyzing postures (e.g. in terms of effects, muscle use, benefits).

Contemplating on the experience of practising a posture(s) or aspect of posture(s).

Planning / devising posture sequences or sessions.

Practising and observing the experience of postures.

Imagining or visualizing practising a posture or some aspect of a pose.

Remembering or recalling practising a posture or some aspect of a pose.

Use of imagery (especially visual).

Practising with a simple focus (especially on “Third Eye”) to rest one’s awareness on.





Tonal Words


Stimulate


Stabilize

  • Analyze
  • Imagine
  • Conceive
  • Abstract
  • Detached
  • Focus
  • Organize
  • Formulate
  • Design
  • Plan
  • Infer
  • Deduce
  • Mystery
  • Compose
  • Think
  • Intelligent
  • Concept
  • Dream
  • Cognitive
  • Insight
  • Revelation
  • Illuminate
  • Perspective
  • Examine
  • Reason
  • Speculate
  • Innovate
  • Reasonable
  • Thinking
  • Interpret
  • Review
  • Explain
  • Invent
  • Inspiration
  • Orchestrate
  • Predict
  • Pattern
  • Intelligence
  • Conceptualize
  • Model
  • Fantasizing
  • Visualize
  • Curious
  • Rational
  • Hypothesizing
  • Theoretical
  • Contemplate
  • View
  • Perceive
  • Concrete
  • Objective
  • Absorption
  • Guide
  • Calculate
  • Study
  • Form
  • Extend
  • Conclude
  • Puzzle
  • Construct
  • Meditate
  • Wise
  • Real
  • Actualize
  • Intuitive
  • Vision
  • Confirmation
  • Consider
  • Impression
  • Observe
  • Reflect
  • Recognize
  • Improvise
  • Considerate
  • Deliberation
  • Describe
  • Remember
  • Account
  • Create
  • Comprehension
  • Witness
  • Anticipate
  • Sequence
  • Wisdom
  • Realize
  • Reality
  • Envisioning
  • Picture
  • Interesting
  • Sensible
  • Inquiry
  • Empirical



Breathing / Pranayama


Stimulate


Stabilize

Any that require concentration / thought (e.g. unfamiliar, complex or changing ratios).

Practising “meditatively”.

Use of imagery (especially visual).

Use of simple focus to rest one’s awareness on (especially “Third Eye”).

Analyzing pranayama and breathing practices (e.g. in terms of effects, when useful, when not so useful).

Practising and observing the experience of practices.

Prolonging and “resting” in pauses after inhalation. (Full pot).

Prolonging and “resting” in pauses after exhalation. (Empty pot).

Nadi Sodhana (alternate nostril breath) – especially if fore & middle fingers rest on “Third Eye”).

Ujjayi, Bhramari.





Visualizations


Stimulate


Stabilize

Imagining (things, situations, processes …).

Remembering (experiences, situations, pictures …).

Word-based : detachment, OM, …..

Word-based : wisdom, wholeness, …..

Interesting / rich / vivid / detailed / complex (and therefore absorbing) imagery. (E.g. Images of “photographic” detail / complexity).

Use of simple focus or rest awareness on (e.g. a point or a simple shape).

Mental rehearsal and imagining “what if” (i.e. mental experiments).

Exploring and reviewing mentally one’s current views / understanding and putting into image form one’s current feelings / emotions / experience.




Other Ideas


Stimulate


Stabilize

Exploring / experimenting / playing with abstract concepts / ideas as real in themselves.

Exploring / experimenting / playing with physical things.

Speculating, hypothesizing and imagining possibilities.

Posing / asking questions.

Analyzing and thinking things through.

Meditation and contemplation practices.
Planning, organizing, designing and orchestrating things and events.

“Being the witnesser” of events / circumstances / experiences.
Innovating and inventing things, concepts, theories … .

Improvising in light of circumstances and creating (making real) the possibilities one has dreamed up.
Exploring / considering mysteries, paradoxes, contradictions … etc.

Applying known processes and theories to solve puzzles, make calculations / predictions … etc.


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