Wow, already on day 4? This is going by fast. I’m not sure if I’ve been moving some stagnant energy around, but I am feeling a little sluggish today. I could have slept for 4 more hours, but I have kids. One whom likes to wake up right at 5AM to start his day.
What Is The Heart Chakra?
Anahata is located in the heart center of your body. It is associated with joy, compassion, and love. When our heart chakra is open, it allows us to have deep bonds with other beings, we are caring, compassionate, we have self love, altruism, generosity, kindness and respect. We realize we are all part of something bigger than us, interconnected withing a very intricate web of relationships that extend through lives and the universe.
While all of the seven chakras are important, and I cannot say that the heart chakra is the most important, I do want to say that it is very important. Most of the world’s spiritual traditions recognize love as the unifying force, the energy that is the most fundamental part of the universe, and of ourselves. To open to love is to reach to the deepest places and connect with our true essence, our spirit, and our soul.
Open Your Heart
I teamed up with Megan Bettis again to teach us some heart opener asanas that you can incorporate into your practice today. The first is the Sphinx post, or salamba bhujangasana. Sphinx pose will help those who not only have lower back pain, but also help us to open up the shoulders and chest area. This pose allows for the prana to be directed into the heart chakra, rather than scattered around. This heart chakra yoga pose also allows for strengthening of the entire shoulder area, providing more stable support for the shoulder.
Another asana you can practice is bridge pose, Setu Bandhasana. When you do bridge pose, you will become more alert in both body and mind. This is a rejuvenating backbend to open your chest up and keep your spine flexible. Beginners can practice it safely, skilled practitioners can still experience its many benefits. Setu Bandhasana will also help to prepare you for more intense backbends. This posture is relatively simple and quite exhilarating. It will improve circulation of blood, help alleviate stress and mild depression, calms the brain and central nervous system, relieves symptoms of asthma and high blood pressure. See, all things associated with the heart. (There are other benefits, too)
Where Is My Food?
Right. So the heart chakra is associated with the color green. So if you do some visualizations today, think green! The smoothie I had today was delicous, btw. I used a green apple, spinach, cucumber and avacado.
Heart Chakra Crystals
I have SO many crystals that pertain to the heart chakra, that I honestly had a hard time picking only a few. I ended up choosing Tree Agate, Emerald, Malachite and Green Aventurine. Out of all of these, I’d say the most potent one would be malachite. Please be very careful while working with this stone. In it’s raw form, it is very toxic, and you should not use this stone directly on your skin. It’s strong enough that you can wear it while keeping it in a pouch of some kind, and still get the benefits. You will notice that the malachite is a beautiful deep green with rays, or flex, of lighter green. This stone will aid in our interaction with the external world and will help control what we embrace and what we need to resist. It helps balance our ability to be ourselves in this world. This will help us understand our own needs and emotions clearly. We will be able to deal with the ebb and flow of emotional situations.
So that’s it for today. Thanks for joining me on day 4 of our 7 Day Chakra Balancing Challenge. Hope you all have a beautiful day, and hope to see you again tomorrow.