While the focus of the fourth chakra is love, it doesn’t mean that it is all about romance. The love here includes the unconditional love for the world and everyone in it too. The heart chakra is found in the middle of the chest, making you feel happy, compassionate, calm, pure, composed, and even confident. But, for most, it is the chakra of acceptance. In this guide, let’s talk about the importance of the Anahata chakra, know the non-physical and physical symptoms when it’s off-balance, and how to heal it back.
Anahata Chakra: Everything You Need to Know
Anahata is a word from Sanskrit that means unhurt, untouched, pure, unbeaten, and flawless— the reason why the heart chakra is tagged as the “pristine chakra,” as love is powerful when it is pure. This chakra also helps you to connect with everyone around you, the world, the universe, and the very cosmos.
The heart chakra is the center of the body that is also known as the “Surya chakra,” “Hridaya,” and “Hrit.” It reminds you to love yourself and everything around you.
Aside from Hindu belief, the heart chakra also plays an important role in Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, and Qi gong. In Buddhism, the heart chakra is the core of meditation. To Sufism, it is the heart of the mystic. And with qi gong, the heart chakra helps convert the energy into spiritual energy.
Signs of Imbalances
If you feel like nothing can satisfy you any longer, it might not be just about your seasonal blues. Instead, it might be your heart chakra not working well. When the heart chakra is blocked and off-balance, it can affect all the other chakras negatively.
Fret not because there are ways to prevent this from happening in the following sections. But first, let’s get to know the signs of imbalances and their possible reasons.
If your heart chakra is moving excessively, it can ruin the whole chakra system. Both an underactive and overactive heart chakra can inspire negativity in your life. Here are some examples of those:
– You will start struggling to remember the good memories and the bad ones.
– Feeling of constant rejection in your life may arise.
– Anxiety, depression, and stress symptoms will intensify.
– Accepting others based on the faith they believed in, sexual orientation, and lifestyle will be rugged for you, which will lead to the inability to respect others.
– Trusting people around you will be challenging, and all you will do is doubt them no matter the situations are. In the end, you will become anti-social.
– Putting yourself down will become a habit.
– Negative traits like overprotectiveness and insecurity will occur.
– You will begin to depend on others, believe more in them, to the point you will lose your free will.
– It will be challenging to celebrate small or big wins in life.
– Indications of oversensitivity will develop.
– For physical signs, you will feel frequent tightness in the chest, heartburns, heart problems, arms, hands, thymus, and lungs.
Balancing the Heart Chakra
When the Anahata is blocked and out of balance, it can cause multiple non-physical and physical issues. But healing the heart chakra is not so hard to do. Small things like being thankful for your life, saying thank you’s, spending time with your family, and simply taking care of yourself can help keep the heart chakra stimulated.
Any type of physical activity that touches the heart, like deciding to volunteer, petting animals you like, creating charities, and doing things that make your heart vibrate, can also help. Below are the three definitive ways to heal and enthrall the heart chakra.
Every breathwork is a combination of the heart’s and lung’s effort, exactly the reason why performing a “pranayama” or breathing techniques can heal and stimulate the heart chakra. Plus, breathing helps convert the element of air into energy to the heart chakra. You can practice it while facing into an open area or anywhere as long as it is spacious so the air can flow freely.
Yoga & Meditation Practice
If the heart chakra is blocked, you can help clear the blockages by doing yogic poses and meditation. Yogic postures such as the bridge pose, wheel pose, bow pose, and any variation of reverse plank pose can help heal the heart chakra.
You can also heal the heart chakra without learning any practice or doing a lot of work too. Green and leafy veggies like lettuce, spinach, broccoli, french beans, and cabbage are all perfect for stimulating the heart chakra. Green fruits like kiwi, avocado, apple, and grapes are also suitable for clearing the blockages present in the Anahata chakra.
When the heart chakra is balanced, being happy, joyous, free, and feeling empowered will radiate in your face. However, on the other hand, when it is damaged, feelings of self-centeredness, vengefulness, and inability to forgive yourself will arise. But you can prevent this from happening based on the practices mentioned above. Make sure you get the best yoga experience by enrolling under a professional yoga instructor. Namaste.