Heart Chakra


‘What do you need in life?’
Master Sree started the day by asking all of us this question. We all had different answers depending on our phases in life. ‘I need love.’ I replied back. Just from that statement, I learnt that i needed to open my heart chakra.

The heart chakra, or anahata chakra in Sanskrit, is located at the 9th bone at the thoracic. It’s element is air and is a smoke-coloured mandala. It has 12 petals and its baja is Yam and its sense organ is touch.  Anahata roughly translates to, “unhurt.” The heart chakra acts as the individual’s center of compassion, empathy, love, and forgiveness. This chakra governs one’s senses of trust, fearlessness, peace, generosity, gratitude, and connectedness, as well as change and transformation, healthy boundaries, depth in relationships with others, emotional control, and love for oneself.

How do we access the heart chakra? The first principle is to love ourselves. Your flaws, your strengths, your weaknesses, your mind and your body that was created for you to live this beautiful life. Only once we accept our own love, we are able to love others. You wil develop good relationships not only with others but within yourselves. When we finally realise that there is nothing wrong with us and that sometimes, relationships don’t work out because we did not love ourselves enough. Love will come to you. You will then begin to look for people who live according to their hearts and want love in their lives. Or sometimes, they might come looking for you.*wink*

Don’t control love, instead set it free. The more conditions we place, the less we will ever get to experience the thrill of love. Love, is all around us. It comes from nature, plants, animals and the entire world around us. Open up our hearts and you will feel it’s unconditional love.

What happens to your heart chakra when it is out of alignment? You might feel broken-hearted, unhappy, lonely, insecure, hurt easily, distant, hold grudges and unable to receive love. Wheel pose, bridge pose, camel pose, upward facing dog, reverse plank pose, bow pose –  Try these chest opening poses, they may help you unblock your anahata chakra and use an ujayi breath while in practice.

When we live with an open heart, we accept people, we accept ourselves, and we dispose of hatred and negativity because we understand that it doesn’t serve us. We try to view the world through eyes of love, utilizing the power of both acceptance and forgiveness to fill our hearts with happiness and wholeness.

Make love, not war. Peace out.
Love, Vanessa. ❤️

Aum or Om?

If you’ve just started meditating, i’m sure you know the immense significance of chanting the universal sound. Now, be honest to yourself. Have you been chanting it as OM or AUM? If you said AUM, you’ve got it right! If you said, OM. I’m sorry but you’ve got it wrong. Let’s dig in deeper why this is wrong.

Energy is everywhere. Where is vibration, there is bound to be a sound. It is around us is pulsating and vibrating, nothing is standing still. The sound OM, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature. As such, AUM is the basic sound of the universe, so by chanting it, we are symbolically and physically acknowledging our connection to nature and all other living beings.

How to chant AUM. Without using your tongue, say the words in A, U and M in a long exhale. Feeling the vibrations of the sound travel through your entire body and soul.

A Pronounced as ‘Ah’ rather than ‘arm’ in short. It should be pitched highest amongst of all three sounds. You should be experiencing the vibration at your navel and abdominal area.
U Pronounced as ‘OO’. It should be pitched lower than the first sound. You should be experiencing the vibration at your chest.
M Pronounced as ‘MM’. It should be pitched lowest amongst of all three sounds and almost sounds like a deep rumbling. You should experience the vibration in and around your throat.

Where did OM come from then? In Sanskrit, ‘O’ is a diphthong sound. Which means that it is formed by combining the two sounds ‘A’ and ‘U’. The difference between the two variations, Aum and Om, is when translating the word from Sanskrit to English, only due to transliteration. Hence, Both Aum and Om, both mean the same thing, the words were just lost in translation.

So maybe the next time you meditate, try to make a conscious effort to chant the words in separate vowels, ‘A’, ‘U’ and ‘M’. You might just have a whole life-changing experience.

Padmanasa Aka Lotus Pose

Padmanasa

‘Who can do the lotus pose?’ Master Sree said. All that was in my head was hell no, my legs can’t twist like that. Then he said pointing at me, ‘You do it.’ And just like that, I learnt how to do padmanasa. Wasn’t too hard for me in fact because I realised that i sit in this position everyday. On the floor, on the chair, on the bed my legs are always bounded up. Mostly because I feel most comfortable like this or it may be because my parents used to make us sit on the floor and play. I’ve learned so much about myself and what my body can do during this course and I am honestly just so excited to do so much more. Let’s talk about the lotus pose.

The ultimate yoga pose, Padmanasa. This pose requires open hips and consistent practice. The hands and feet resemble the leaves of a lotus. Padma stands for lotus and asana means posture or seat. The lotus is is used as a symbol of growth towards perfection and enlightenment as it is rooted in the mud at the bottom of the pond, but rises and blooms above the water.

Step 1:
Sit in Dandasana. Hold the right ankle with your right hand and bring your right foot to your left hip crease. Be sure to bring the right knee as close to the left as possible, and press the right heel into the left hip crease.

Step 2:
Hold the left ankle and bring your left foot on top of your right hip crease. Soles of both feet should be facing to the ceiling.


Step 3:
Place your palms on top of your knee in chin mudra.

Benefits of the pose:

            • Opens up the hips.
            • Stretches the ankles and knees.
            • Calms the brain.
            • Increases awareness and attentiveness.
            • Keeps the spine straight.
            • Helps develop good posture.
            • Eases menstrual discomfort and sciatica.
            • Helps keeps joints and ligaments flexible.

Stretches to ease into the move:
Virasana – stretches your thighs and prepares your knees and ankles
Baddha Konasana – streches your hips, inner thighs, groins and knees
Uttanasana – calves, thighs and hips

What’s the deal with crystals and chakras?

Crystals have been known and prized for their beauty and their healing and spiritual properties. Adorned by the rich and powerful for thousands of years. Not only is it a display of wealth, it also expresses the hope that the qualities and virtues thought to reside in the stones themselves would ‘rub off’ their wearers.

Crystals form only in the right circumstances. Often formed in nature when liquids cool and start to harden. Certain molecules in the liquid gather together as they attempt to become stable. They do this in a uniform and repeating pattern that forms into what we call it today, a crystal.

As the saying goes, ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.’ But why in the world are we so attracted to a piece of rock. We spends thousands, even millions for a piece that is barely visible to the naked eye. The most expensive crystal in the world is called the blue diamond. It is valued to be $3.93 million dollars per carat.

I personally don’t have much experience with crystals myself, tho i had a bit of time during circuit breaker and chanced upon these beautiful ads of crystals online which intrigued me to learn more about them. I learnt that each crystal has its own unique energetic properties.

A clear quartz is said to amplify energy by absorbing, storing, releasing, and regulating it and aids concentration and memory. Rose quartz is said to encourage love, respect, trust, and worth within one’s self. My personal favourite, the amethyst. This purple stone is said to be incredibly protective, healing, and purifying. It’s claimed it can help rid the mind of negative thoughts and bring forth humility, sincerity, and spiritual wisdom. It’s also said to help promote sobriety and so forth.

How are crystals related to chakras you may ask? Each chakra is associated with a particular area of the body and a color of the spectrum. Stones are used at chakra centers for clearing, revitalising, and healing. Generally, the selection of stones correspond with the associated colour of the chakra.

Ideally you would place the stones corresponding to your chakra points.
Base Chakra – Between the inner thighs, close to your perineum
Sacral Chakra – Between your hip bones
Solar Plexus Chakra – Between your lower ribs and belly button
Heart Chakra – At your sternum (not to the left, where your physical heart is; directly in the middle of your chest)
Throat Chakra – At your throat (or off your body beside your throat, if you find that it falls off)
Third Eye Chakra – Between the eyebrows
Crown Chakra – Off the body, above your head

It is said that crystals affect our chakras by lifting their vibration, clearing them, and causing them to ‘spin’ at an optimal rate. Crystals possess high vibrational frequencies, and simply being around crystals and setting your intention to attune to their vibration can have a profound effect on your health and wellbeing.

Master Sree always says, ‘you have to experience it to believe it’. Keep an open mind and a get a crystal that you’re drawn to. It might just be your best purchase yet.