The 4th Chakra: Anahata Chakra

Anahata Chakra, or heart chakra, located at the heart region, which represents love without self-gratification. People who possesses this chakra are not affected by praises or criticism, do not take sides and do not place a quality of the result but acknowledge that it is there. Anahata means “unstruck” or “unhurt.” They take failure as progress and as means of doing things another way. They are selfless, take Mother Teresa as a leading example. External events does not affect her intention or goal to help others, whereby moving people by action.
Anahata Chakra is the balance point, integrating the lower 3 chakras below and the upper 3 chakras. Through the heart chakra, we connect with harmony and peace. The health of our heart center registers the quality and power of love in our life. Anahata’s element is Air, and pranayama practice helps to balance and tone this chakra, increasing one’s vitality and enthusiasm for life.
When the heart chakra is deficient, one may experience feelings of shyness and loneliness, an inability to forgive, or a lack of empathy, leading to contraction in our bodies. This is something I should work on, as I’m easily affected by external criticisms. Often, I lead with my head and not my heart, or even let my emotions get the better of me.
Asanas that enliven the heart chakra include chest openers and backbends, Cow face pose, camel, bow and eagle pose to name a few. In most backbending poses, the heart is positioned higher than the head, hence, it is refreshing let the mind drop and to lead with the heart.
For some, the heart chakra may be overpowering, which include signs of co-dependency, possessiveness, jealousy, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Forward bends are the antidote for these symptoms.
To sum up, the most powerful way to energize and balance not just the heart chakra but all of our chakras is to love ourselves and others. Love is the greatest healer.
Denise Leong
200hr YTT Weekday
(March 2015)

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