The Heart Chakra

The Heart Chakra, Anahata, is located at the heart centre. The associated colour is green and its musical note is F. The heart chakra is linked to the air element and the associated manta is YAM. The Heart Chakra keeps our life force flowing, both physically and emotionally. When this chakra is balanced we feel loved and able to give love, we are able to forgive ourselves and others, manage stress well and have a positive outlook, if the chakra is unbalanced symptoms such as chest pain, hand and arm disorders, stress, greed or an inability to accept love may be present.

Healing the Heart Chakra

  • Practice forgiveness and letting go, for yourself and others.

  • Spend time outdoors where you can feel the breeze on your skin.

  • Consume more green foods such as green leafy veg and beans.

  • Crystals to keep to hand include rose quartz, and jade.

  • Burn ylang ylang or rose essential oils.

  • Yoga poses to practice include camel pose, cobra and bow pose.

  • Affirmations include 'I am loved and deserve to be' 'I am peaceful'.

  • Journal prompts; 'How can I be kinder to myself', ' Why am I holding on to this anger?'

Guided meditation for the heart chakra

  • Find a place you can be still.

  • Sit or lay down, but get comfortable so you can focus only on yourself.

  • Take 3 deep breaths.

  • Inhale fully and exhale allowing the body to begin to soften.

  • Keep breathing, taking a little longer on each inhalation and each exhalation.

  • Notice how the chest, back and belly expand as you draw breath in.

  • Feel everything release as you exhale.

  • Notice your heartbeat beginning to slow a little.

  • Keep your focus here, on your heartbeat.

  • If your mind wanders, gently guide it back to the beating heart.

  • Feel it.

  • Hear it.

  • Be thankful for how strong it is beating.

  • Stay here, for as long as time allows.

  • Namaste.

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