If you've ever been to my yoga class, you know that I always begin with a guided 5 minute meditation. I then watch as some students happily embrace a few moments of zen whereas others are almost terrified to sit in stillness for what seems like an eternity.
When I first began my yoga practice, I would roll my eyes to the thought of meditation, setting intentions, third eye awareness, or anything I considered "yoga gobbledy goop". As my practice grew, I started to dismiss preconceived notions and I started to pay attention. Pay attention to what, exactly? Well that's the tricky part. Really, it is just learning to pay attention in general. This is what we refer to, in yoga, as building awareness.
This so-called awareness is said to come from the Third Eye Chakra (the 6th chakra). I am here today to tell you that there is much more scientific basis to it's powers than you once may have thought.