Explore your heart chakra — the center of love, forgiveness, universal compassion and passion.
What are the chakras.
They are the seven main energy centres in the body where we receive, absorb and distribute life energies. Each chakra is located along the spine ( in yoga this is referred to as the Sushumna), starting at the base and running upwards to the crown of the head. They are ofter described as “whirling wheels of energy” and each chakra radiates a specific colour, sound and energy. As well as specific spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical issues. Balancing these energy centres can support our well-being. Very similar to the acupuncture points.
These seven chakras can become blocked through external situations and internal habits such as long-held tension in the body or staying stuck in our thoughts about things past or constant worry about the future. As a result, a chakra can become either deficient or excessive. Practicing mantras that correspond to each chakra can release these blocks and clear the path to more joyful living. Love yourself, love your day, love your life!
About the Heart Chakra:
The Anahata (heart) chakra, represents unconditional love, forgiveness, and compassion. The heart chakra influences your right to love and be loved, in other words, your ability to connect with oneself and other people, accepting of yourself and others
Anahata promotes balance and integration as it is the middle of the seven with, three lower chakras (root, sacral, solar plexus) and three upper chakras (throat, third eye, crown). A healthy heart chakra is demonstrated by maintaining healthy boundaries. This is why when we practise backbends we are turning ourselves outwards, embracing freedom and confidence.
Anahata chakra helps us to see the world through the eyes of our heart. We see through a prism of love and aren’t afraid to express our emotions.
Name: Anahata is Sanskrit name of heart Chakra, “unstruck” or “that which cannot be destroyed”
Location: at the heart (centre of the chest)/ base of sternum
Your Rights: Your Right to Love and Be Loved
Identity: Social Identity
Mantra: I am love
Gland : Thymus
Sense : Touch
Number of petals : 12
Bija Seed Sound: Yam
Basic Issues: Love, devotion, ability to connect with others, openness, compassion, balance, self-acceptance, self-confidence, to be in good relationship, place where dharma resides, forgiveness
Characteristics When Out of Balance: Grief, emotional outbursts, insecurity, nervousness, anxiety, anger, impatience, fanaticism, overly critical, withdrawn, inability to have deep relationships, inability to express emotion, codependency, poor boundaries, possessiveness, Jealousy and addictions
Excessive: Codependency, demanding, clinging, jealousy, overly sacrificing
Deficient: Antisocial, withdrawn, cold, judgemental, loneliness, isolation, depression, fear of intimacy, lack of empathy, narcissism
Healing: Breathing exercises, journaling, talking about how you feel to others.
Asanas : Backbends
• Bow Pose. Dhanurasana. …
• Bridge Pose. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana. …
• Camel Pose. Ustrasana. …
• Cobra Pose. Bhujangasana. …
• Cow Pose. Bitilasana. …
• Fish Pose. Matsyasana. …
• Lord of the Dance Pose :Natarajasana
• Locust Pose. Salabhasana.