Demystifying: Anahata (The Heart Chakra)
This week we take a look at the seat of our Soul, the Anahata chakra (heart chakra). This chakra influences how we receive and give love, our relationships, and our social identity. When Anahata is open, we freely and unconditionally give love and compassion as well as allow ourselves to receive it. Love is the pulse of the Universe and manifests within Anahata.
Anahata (translates to “unstruck” or “unhurt”)
The translation of “unstruck” and “unhurt” is so profound because it reminds us that beneath any pain or grief we may feel, we are pure unbounded beings of love and light. And in this place of existence hurt, pain, and fear do not exist. This is who we are! Not our painful life experiences.
Located in the center of the chest, Anahata is at the center of the cardiac plexus and its energy entwined within every part of our being and those around us. Anahata allows you to flow with the essence of love and compassion instead of fear. When the heart space is open, you aren’t afraid to love, forgive, receive, and you accept others for who they are as well as yourself. When Anahata is blocked, we experience fear, grief, anger, jealousy, among many other destructive emotions.
Color is EMERALD GREEN (sometimes a soft pink is associated with Anahata when expressing or receiving love)
Element is AIR
Bija Mantra is YUM
Musical Note is F
Governs the bodies sense of Lymphatic system, immunity, and thymus gland
Within the spine, at the center of the chest in the sternum
Physiological system-circulatory system
Balancing and opening Anahata allows us to see the world through the eyes of our heart-seeing only love, compassion, and kindness. We aren’t afraid to give or receive love and we’re tapped into the cosmic flow of love and positive energy.
Signs of imbalance in Anahata
- Holding a grudge
- Feelings of lonliness
- Being overly critical of others and yourself
- Respritory issues
- Heart issues/conditions
- Upper back pain
- Neck/shoulder pain
Now let’s take a look at some foods and Yoga poses to help open Anahata.
- Dark leafy greens
- Cruciferous veggies
- Bitter and pungent green foods
- Green juice
- Green tea
- Raw foods
- Herbs like parsley, sage, and basil
- Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
- Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
- Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
As I always say, there are many more foods, poses, essential oils, crystals, etc to help open and balance Anahata. Try several and see what resonates with you. I would begin by sitting quietly, close your eyes, place your palms on your heart and just feel. Breathing slowly, bring your awareness into your heart space and notice how you feel. Our heart speaks to us in a gentle whisper. So, we need to cultivate quiet and stillness so we can hear the whispers of our heart that guide us towards healing. Everything you will ever need to heal is already inside of you. You just need to get still…and listen.
Next time, we float even higher to our powerful center of intuition, Ajna.
In yoga, meditation, or maybe a on a hike, have you had a heart awakening experience? Share it with us here in the comments below!