We are halfway through the chakras and right in the middle of the chakra system is the heart chakra, anahata. This chakra might be the easiest to understand and lean into. The wisdom of the heart chakra runs deep.
Anahata means "unstruck," or "unhurt." This is a reference to the Vedic concept of anahata nada or "unstruck sound." The unstruck sound is the sound of primal energy, the sound of the universe itself. The heart chakra is also believed to be the bridge between the physical and spiritual realms. So, when balanced we are able find harmony within ourselves, within our physical worlds and spiritual worlds to the point that maybe we hear and feel this unstruck sound resonating. It is located around the heart space at the center of the chest and is associated with love, compassion, and emotional balance. An open and balanced heart chakra helps us connect with others, experience empathy, and feel a sense of inner peace. Pure, unconditional love opens the fourth chakra, allowing us to give and receive love without attachment or judgement. Because of anahata's ability to bridge the physical and spiritual world we can connect with our higher self and the divine energy that surrounds us. This connection can lead to a deeper understanding of our purpose in life and a greater sense of inner peace. In the physical body, the heart chakra is believed to be connected to the heart and circulatory system, as well as the lungs and respiratory system. An open and balanced heart chakra can lead to improved cardiovascular health, better breathing and better flowing prana (life force energy).
When the heart chakra is blocked or imbalanced, it can lead to feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and a lack of emotional connection with others and with ourselves. There may also be an overwhelming sense of emptiness or lack of fulfillment. You may wonder where you belong and feel unworthy. Sometimes, this feeling of unworthiness can lead to resentment or cause you to push love away. Physical symptoms may also include heart and lung problems, asthma, and other respiratory challenges.
Here are some ways to balance the heart chakra: • Use a bija (seed) mantra. For anahata, the bija mantra is YAM. • Use words of affirmation like the ones in the image below. • Donate your time and energy by volunteering. We also have several donation based offerings at Kingfisher Yoga for you to give back to the local community! • Do a random act of kindness like paying for a stranger's coffee. • Aromatherapy for anahata would be geranium, neroli, or jasmine. • Eat more leafy greens, broccoli, cucumbers, green apples, avocados. • Try metta, or loving kindness, meditation. Here's one from one of my favorite teachers Tara Brach>> metta meditation • Drink a green smoothie like this one! • Try asanas that open up the heart like back bends or chest openers. Some of my favorites are sphinx pose, cobra pose, camel pose and humble warrior. • Forgive. "Forgiveness is for giving, so give yourself this gift from time to time."
Connect with your heart space and pour your love into yourself. Remember, you can't pour from an empty cup, so fill yourself up first and when you have the ability pour all of that love into the world around you.
You are loving, you are loved, you are love.