Hone Your Intuition: 12 Poses to Activate Your Third-Eye Chakra

Want to hone your intuition? We went behind the scenes at YJ LIVE! in NYC to bring you this third-eye-activating practice from master teacher Seane Corn.

We went behind the scenes at Yoga Journal LIVE New York to bring you this intention-honing wisdom and practice from master teacher Seane Corn. Want to take a chakra-themed class with Seane or learn more from internationally renowned yoga teachers? Come practice with us in person at YJ LIVE San Francisco, Jan. 13-16. Sign up today!

Everyone is intuitive—it’s just a matter of finding the confidence to trust it. Honing intuition is going beyond the literal, the logical, our normal perception. Intuition is a feeling of being drawn to something that is in our best interest even when our conscious mind wants to resist it.

At Yoga Journal LIVE! in New York, world-renowned yoga teacher and activist Seane Corn led a powerful class on inner visioning and explained that our work in this lifetime is to awaken that inner knowing. By reconnecting with who we really are, she says, we can move forward, navigating the physical world with patience, kindness, and compassion. “We are that magic we seek,” Corn says, “We are light. We are love. We are primordial essence, without form or substance. There is nothing that we don’t already know.”

When our intuition is blocked, however, we often limit ourselves and our abilities. We second-guess our value and sense of self-worth. By opening ourselves up to our inner knowing, we are able to see the signs and symbols that show up along the way, guiding us toward our purpose and shedding light on the limiting beliefs and the voice of the ego that block us from clarity and influence our decisions.

See also Gabrielle Bernstein’s Meditation to Bust Through Blocks

Seane Corn’s Intuition-Honing Sequence

The following selection from Corn’s YJ LIVE! sequence emphasizes moving energy through the spine and shoulders to recharge the central nervous system and deeply ground us. From that stability, we are able to connect with and trust our intuition, she says. This healing practice is both energetically clearing and energizing. It is specifically designed to prepare us to sit for a longer period of meditation afterward and set powerful intentions.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN turn your inner gaze to the third-eye (ajna) chakra. This is the energy center within the physical body that provides a gateway to cosmic consciousness. Corn reminds us that it’s here we expand our inner knowing and access our true teacher. “There is no guru except the one that is guiding you from within,” she says.

TO WARM UP begin with 1–3 rounds of Surya Namaskar A, followed by 1–3 rounds of Surya Namaskar B.

Andrea Rice is a writer and yoga teacher. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, SONIMA, mindbodygreen, and other online publications. You can find her regular classes at shambhala yoga & dance center in Brooklyn, and connect with her on InstagramTwitter, and on her website