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Month: September 2020

Feeling hard-hearted, heartbroken, unhappy, lonely, insecure? Understand and Balance your Heart Chakra

Namaste, Hope you all are doing well on your journey of healing. In the last articles, we read about three major Chakras among the seven, their functionality, blockages, and healing methods. In this article, we will cover the fourth Chakra among the seven major chakras. The fourth chakra is called “Anahata” or “Heart Chakra” ‘Anahata’ is a Sanskrit word that translates to “Unstruck” or “Unbeaten”. The first chakra is earth, steady and grounded; the second chakra, water, brings fertile creativity; the third chakra is the “fire in the belly” required to transform that grounded Creativity into positive action. And now you have air dispersing and integrating the spiritual understanding of love, compassion, and connection to everything you encounter. Air, like love, is within and all around. Located in-between the three lower body chakras and three upper body chakras. This is where the physical and spiritual come together. In fact, it’s the core of our energetic frequency and the root of all emotional and energetic healing. It is the center of our deep bonds with other beings, our sense of caring and compassion, our feelings of self-love, altruism, generosity, kindness, and respect. The energy of Anahata allows us to recognize that we are part of something larger, that we are interconnected within an intricate web of relationships extending through life and the universe.  

Heart Chakra Information: 

  • Physical Location: Located in the center of the chest, the heart chakra corresponds to the heart, lungs, thymus gland, and cardiac plexus.
  • Color: Green
  • Element: Air
  • Mythological Animal: Antelope, dove, birds
  • Seed Mantra: Yam
  • Yoga Mudra: Padma/Kapot Mudra
  • Symbol: Two intersecting triangles forming a 6-pointed star in a circle with 12 petals

The heart chakra is the central powerhouse of the subtle body. This is the focal point or bridge that connects the first three chakras relating to the external world to the three higher chakras associated with intuition and spirituality. The heart is the mediator between body and spirit, and it directly determines their strength and health. The heart chakra, or Anahata, deals with unconditional love and emotional power. At its core, this chakra is emotional and propels us to enhance our emotional development. The heart embodies gentle wisdom that teaches us the ways of love and compassion. It is in this fourth chakra that we begin to recognize that the most powerful energy on earth is Love. This chakra is the center of child-like innocence and joy. When we were children, we used to react to circumstances with a variety of emotions: confidence, compassion, love, hope, despair, and fear. But as adults, generating emotions and being allowed to express them is extremely challenging. The Anahata evokes our capacity to love and let go; to accept our emotional challenges and surrender to a divine plan. 

The chakra system distributes the flow of prana or energy throughout our subtle body. Stress, illness, emotional upset, or conflict all can cause blockages or imbalance in our chakra system. All of the seven chakras are interconnected; when one chakra experiences a blockage or imbalance, it affects all the others. This disruption of energy can cause our mind, body, and spirit to suffer. When the heart chakra is imbalanced, it can cause emotional and physical distress. When the heart chakra is out of alignment, a number of issues can arise. One might feel hard-hearted, brokenhearted, unhappy, lonely, insecure, easily hurt, or unable to receive love. One might choose to lead with the head and not the heart, to grow distant from others and put up walls, to shut down emotionally, or to hold onto resentment or bitterness. When the heart chakra gets blocked, we may experience the inability to forgive others or move on from past experiences. A blocked Heart chakra often detaches us from our emotions, numbing us from love and compassion. 

How to Heal or Balance Heart Chakra: 

  • The heart chakra is highly influenced by the element of air, getting outside and breathing in the fresh air can help restore and bring balance to the Heart chakra. Try to get out of the city and away from pollution, somewhere where the air is clean and fresh. When outside, practice deep breathing exercises.
  • Meditation plays an important role in restoring balance to your chakras. Chakra meditation techniques are similar to traditional meditation techniques but focus on a specific area of the body. Below is a simple meditation technique to aid in balancing your heart chakra.

Sit with your shoulders back and spine straight. Keep your hands in ‘Kapot/Padma Mudra’ relax your muscles as you close your eyes and breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth.

Focus your attention on the location of your heart chakra: the center of your chest at heart level.

Since the heart chakra is tied to the color of green, imagine a green glow at the center of your chest, slowly expanding throughout your ribcage and making the whole area warm and relaxed. 

Once you are relaxed start chanting the YAM sound with each exhale, you can also play the Seed Mantra sound in the background while you meditate, do it for a few minutes, and then slowly open your eyes.

  • Each chakra is influenced by unique stones and their energetic properties. The heart chakra is highly influenced by rose quartz. When balancing your heart chakra, meditate with rose quartz, carry the stone with you, or wear jewelry with rose quartz to let the energetic properties help restore balance to the chakra. Pink quartz, clear quartz, jade, green calcite can also be used in order to heal or balance the Heart chakra.
  • It might seem too simple to be true but green food can help you heal your heart chakra. So introducing more healthy green food such as broccoli, cucumbers, green apples, and leafy greens is a great idea. The color green is associated with the heart chakra. And you should find ways to incorporate this color into your daily life. Add some green clothing to your wardrobe and decorate your workspace with green accents. Plants are a great way to add greenery and life into your workspace.
  • Heart opening poses in Yoga can also help to activate the Anahata chakra.

Half Camel Pose is a deep backbend for your upper back, and literally and metaphorically opens up your heart space. By bringing your hand to touch your Heart Chakra, you’re activating this opening even more.

Wheel Pose develops mobility and flexibility in your spine and hip flexors as well as creating space in your heart.

Bridge Pose is a gentler variation of Wheel Pose and it begins to create flexibility and strength in your spine. This pose also lifts and opens your heart towards the sky.

Warrior 1 Pose strengthens your quads while creating flexibility in your hips. We’ll add a gentle backbend to this pose to tap into that Heart Chakra energy.

Upward Facing Dog strengthens and tones your arms while creating flexibility in your spine. It’s a great, gentle pose to practice if you spend a lot of time on a computer.

Reverse Plank Pose strengthens your arms, legs, back, and core while opening your heart center up towards the sky.

  • Aromatherapy helps to manifest the healing of the Anahata and awakens the capacity to love. To open the heart chakra, try burning essential oils, candles, or incense with scents of rose, lavender, sandalwood, orange, and jasmine. we can also use essential oils such as bergamot, jasmine, geranium, lavender, cypress, or rose.
  • Reiki healing is another effective method to bring balance to the Heart chakra. someone who’s attuned to reiki can give reiki to self or one can simply take Reiki healing sessions from a practitioner 
  • By repeating affirmations, we set intentions that break old habits and create new ones.  Positive Affirmations are a positive way to heal negative programming that can be embedded in our subtle body. When balancing heart chakra, practice saying these phrases to yourself or you can repeat affirmations, out loud, in your head, or by writing them down. Below you can find some examples of affirmations to balance the Heart chakra.
  • I am open to love.
  • All love resides in my heart.
  • I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
  • I nurture my inner child. I am wanted and loved.
  • I live in balance, in a state of gratefulness and gratitude.
  • I love the beauty of nature and the animal world. I forgive myself.
  • I am open to love and kindness.
  • I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to transform and open up to love.
  • I am connected with other human beings.
  • I feel a sense of unity with nature and animals.
  • I accept things as they are.
  • I am peaceful.

Know Your Chakras – Chakra Anatomy. A step by step guide to understand your body and gain control

Namaste, my name is Yogi, I am a full-time artist as well as a reiki healer. I have been practicing Reiki for the last 5 years and it has helped me as well as the people who requested healing for their various reasons. I was born in India and being an Indian even if you don’t evolve in any practices you get to hear words from the ancient scriptures as these words have been a part of lifestyle words such as Karma, Buddhi, Prana, Jeev, Mukti, Moksha, and the list goes on…. Chakra is a word that has been known across the globe when we talk about Yoga, healing therapies, life energy system etc. I was also aware of this word and had some information too that I accumulated as I grew up but I had no idea how important this word could be in terms lo life itself until I took my first Reiki Attunement.

Reiki is an energy healing therapy wherein a reiki practitioner channels the life force energy and transmits it to the recipient’s body. While practicing Reiki I got to know how life energy flows through us and make this life happen as we live it. So I thought to share some thoughts and observations about the whole Chakra Anatomy.  Chakra is an old Sanskrit word that literally means wheel and you can imagine them like wheels of free-flowing life force energy (Prana).

As per the Yogic culture, this life force energy flows through all living creatures in this cosmos it is the core of existence without it we are just a pile of flesh and bones. It is said that the human body has a perfect mechanism like any other machine that lets this energy flow throughout the body. This mechanism consists of 72000 Nadis and 114 Chakras out of the 114 chakras 112 are in the body and two Chakras are out of body one above the head connecting us with the divine and the other below the feet connecting us to the mother earth or Root. These 72000 Nadis work like a widespread web in the body connecting all the chakras and keeping a flow of the life force energy. Among the 114 Chakras, there are 7 major chakras, 21 minor chakras and 86 micro chakras. Most commonly we talk about the 7 major chakras as these are the main energy centers of this entire life energy system. Life energies flow through us in four different forms Physical energy, Mental energy, Emotional energy and spiritual energy. Nadis function as a pathway of the life energies and chakras work as a purification and distribution center of the life energies in our body. For a perfect life, we need a balance of these four energies. 

The mainstream chakra system is based on a Hindu chakra system that recognizes seven distinct “wheels” or “centers” of energy that are perpetually in motion along the human body’s spinal column. We work with the seven main chakras which run alongside the spine. They start at the perineum (the space between the genitals and anus), and then run-up in a straight line to the top of the head. The topmost chakra is in fact just outside of the body above the top of the head. Each chakra is said to vibrate at a different frequency and is associated with a particular color. They are also each associated with certain emotions and organs and their function. The seven chakras are the main energy centers of the body that play an important role in the balance and health of our bodies. The seven primary chakras are the basis of our human existence. 

In my next blogs of this series, I will explain each of these 7 chakras separately That will include the primary information about chakras, their effects on our life and some basic practices to keep the chakras balanced.