Heart Chakra

Anahata Chakra

The fourth chakra is the Anahata Chakra, is commonly known as the heart chakra. It is the midpoint of all the chakras and is known as the connecting chakra too, since it connects the higher chakras with the lower chakras. It is the place where the spiritual aspect and the physical body meet. It is situated at the heart level and is at the central point of the sternum.

Anahata chakra influences the circulatory system including the heart, the lungs with its bronchial tubes, the diaphragm, the upper part of back, the thymus gland and the immune system, shoulders and arms.

Associated Colors and Emotions of the Anahata Chakra

We think of the main color of Anahata chakra as green, but may also be thought of as the pink and green colors that are visually represented by smoky green colored circle enclosed in 12 lotus petals of red color where each petal has been given a Sanskrit name.
Anahata chakra is related to your relationships, compassion, forgiveness, devotion and love for self and others. If you have balanced chakra, you develop a good immune system, compassion, love, empathy and balance in all areas of your life. Your aura oozes peacefulness and tranquility.

Imbalances of the Heart Chakra

Imbalance in the fourth chakra in the form of excessive energy makes you overly jealous, sacrificing, demanding and possessive. You may have poorly developed boundaries with issues stemming from co-dependency.

Additionally, if the chakra is completely blocked then you may become introverted, withdrawn, anti-social, intolerant, shy, lonely bitter and cold and may even develop fears of intimacy and relationships. You start lacking empathy and usually will feel depressed.
On the physical plane, the blocked chakra can cause diseases in the lungs and the heart, breasts, thymus gland and the arms. You may feel heaviness in the shoulders in the form of tension. You may develop immune deficiencies and illnesses like allergies and asthmas as there is poor circulation. You need to open and balance the energies using proven yogic asanas and meditation.

Yogic Asanas for Balancing the Heart Chakra

You can see that it is very important that the Anahata chakra is always balanced and the yoga asanas that help the seeker to balance this chakra are:
• Bhujangasana or cobra pose helps in improving the posture and strengthening the spine. This pose also helps in directing the prana towards the heart chakra.

• Ustrasana or camel pose is a powerful asana that helps open up the chest area and thus helps you to be more open to giving and accepting love. This asana also stretches the whole front part of the body including the abdomen, the chest and the throat along with the muscles of your back, helping to stimulate the abdominal organs.

Meditation for the Heart Chakra

Try a loving kindness or metta meditation for the heart chakra. From a seated meditative posture (easy seated pose) or a supine posture (corpse pose), try the following meditation that can help heal the heart chakra. This loving-kindess (meta) meditation script can be used every day for a powerful opening of the heart chakra!

Thinking of yourself, sending energy, love and compassion to yourself, silently repeat the following words:

May I be Happy
May I be Healthy
May I be Free from Distress

Repeat 2 or 3 times.

Now, visualize and think of a loved one. This could be someone you care about who is going through a particularly tough time. With your energy, love and compassion going out to this person, silently repeat the following words:

May they be Happy
May they be Healthy
May they be Free from Distress

Repeat 2 or 3 times.

Now, visualize and think of a beloved, respected person, such as a teacher, guru or spiritual advisor. With your energy, love and compassion going out to this person, silently repeat the following words:

May they be Happy
May they be Healthy
May they be Free from Distress

Repeat 2 or 3 times.

Now, visualize and think of a neutral person. This could be someone whom you recognize but do not know, such as the person who waits on you at the coffee shop or dry cleaners. With your energy, love and compassion going out to this person, silently repeat the following words:

May they be Happy
May they be Healthy
May they be Free from Distress

Repeat 2 or 3 times.

Now, visualize and think of a person with whom you have unresolved conflict or with whom you have had a lot of anger at some point in your life. With your energy, love and compassion going out to this person, silently repeat the following words:

May they be Happy
May they be Healthy
May they be Free from Distress

Repeat 2 or 3 times.

You can continue in this fashion, thinking of specific people, animals, people in other countries or the world at large. It may be difficult to direct loving kindness to someone with whom you are in conflict, but the more times you repeat the meditation, the easier it becomes and the better you feel. Learning to let go of conflict and truly wish others the best in life is very healing for our heart chakra.

Comments

  1. Chakras are the subtle energy centers in a human body that emit and absorb universal energies. Chakra balancing is the single most important factor in Yoga that affects the physical, mental, emotional and psychological well-being of a person.

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