Building on the last post and drawing on more info from this Yoga Journal article, let’s explore the Anahata or heart chakra, or this fourth of seven energy centers. This one resides in the heart, chest, and upper back. It’s the balance point between the lower three chakras and upper three chakras, feminine in energy, so the heart chakra naturally yearns to release and let go.
“The health of our heart center registers the quality and power of love in our life. In Sanskrit, the heart chakra is called Anahata, which means “unstruck” or “unhurt.” Its name implies that deep beneath our personal stories of brokenness and the pain in our heart, wholeness, boundless love, and a wellspring of compassion reside.”
As with all chakras, this heart chakra can be excessive or deficient.
When we are swept up in new love, we might need to ground and replant the heart chakra. “Some signs that the heart chakra is overpowering your life can include co-dependency, possessiveness, jealousy…forward bends are the best antidote, because they are grounding and foster introspection. While people with deficient heart chakras need to open to receive love more fully, those with excessive heart chakras find healing by slowing down to discover inside themselves the nourishment they have been seeking from others.” To ground the heart chakra more, play with forward bends like standing forward fold, bound angle pose, embryo pose, or child’s pose.
When we lead with the head and not with the heart, or are feeling shy, lonely, unsympathetic, or unable to forgive, we might need to open up the heart chakra. “The most powerful way to open, energize, and balance not just the heart chakra but all of our chakras is to love ourselves and others. Love is the greatest healer.” To open up the heart chakra more, play with back bends like laying back over a bolster pillow, camel pose, or modified camel pose and try shoulder stretches like eagle pose.
Overactive heart chakras = do more forward bends. Underactive heart chakras = do more backbends.
The outcome: increased vitality and enthusiasm for life, introspection, self-nourishment, general well-being, empathy, forgiveness, and more love 🙂