Our most important chakra, Anahata, is located in the heart. Being the middle one of all 7 chakras it connects your body and spirit. Anahata governs the heart and circulatory system, respiratory system, arms, shoulders, hands, diaphragm, ribs and breasts.
Heart is where all images, words and sounds are transformed into our feelings. Any issues of love, grief, hatred, anger, jealousy, fears of betrayal or loneliness, as well as the ability to heal ourselves, refer to this chakra. That is why it is so important that we take good care of our heart.
Pranayama and breathing exercises, like visualizing green when inhaling and black when exhaling, help to balance the heart chakra. You can also concentrate on breathing in love and breathing out all negative emotions, fear and pain. Meditation is also useful when we want to practice letting go, self-love and forgiveness.
When you manage to open your heart chakra, you will begin to feel more confident and content. Suddenly you start feeling happier and suffer with fewer illnesses. When your heart is fully opened it creates a center of “unconditional” love. It also has a connection to opening a third eye. There is a direct association with love, trust, compassion, equilibrium, well-being and higher emotions.
Remember that you have to love yourself before you can love others.
Your heart chakra can be under-active or over-active. If your Anahata is under-active, you might be negative in your thinking and may feel unloved, unworthy and unappreciated. If it is the other way around, over-active instead, you probably let your emotions rule excessively and you may find yourself in a relationship where you are always giving, but not receiving, and always forgiving, at the same time finding it difficult to let go.
The aim is to find balance for Anahata. When your heart chakra is in balance you will feel a great compassion for all living creatures and feel completely at ease with yourself and the people around you, accepting them for who they are.
The posture in the photo above is good for healing both over-active and under-active heart chakra. Lie down on your mat and open your arms, letting them relax on the floor and bending elbows 90 degrees. Bring the focus to your heart and enjoy the silcence.