“When your heart speaks, take good notes.” ~~ Judith Campbell
The Anahata (Heart) Chakra is the fourth Chakra, and is located at the center of the chest. It is thought to be our seat of balance. It is associated with the color green and the element air. The associated body parts are the heart, lungs and thymus.
Those who are strong and balanced in this chakra are seen as humanitarians. They see the good in everyone, they know what they love to do in life, and they are balanced in the masculine and feminine aspects of life.
Those who are overactive in this chakra may be demanding and overly critical. They have huge egos, are inconsiderate and will not go out of their way to help others.
Those who are depleted in this chakra tend to be very indecisive and constantly need reassurance from others. They are possessive, melodramatic, and they give only conditional love They are very unfulfilled in life.
Those who are out of balance in this chakra, in either direction, are more prone to such issues as heart conditions, high blood pressure, fatigue, asthma, insomnia, and certain forms of cancer (i.e., lung and breast cancer).
We will be focusing on this in class this week. It is important to include poses that focus on opening the heart and shoulders in order to bring this chakra into balance. Including forward-bending poses are a good idea as well, as they help develop introspection, which is important to a balanced heart. Some great poses to include would be:
- Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
- Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
- Fish Pose (Matsyasana
- Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
- Eagle Pose (Garudasana)
- Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)
- Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottasana)
- Standing forward Fold (Uttanasana)
- Child’s Pose (Balasana)
I look forward to seeing you in class this week. If you can’t join me, try including some of the poses mentioned above into your practice at least once this week and see if you feel a difference. You’ll probably notice you look at things in a much more positive way, and you should also feel more balanced overall.