I find that the most effective way to balance your energy centres is to do targeted yoga poses such as:
- Ustrasana (camel pose)
- Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
- Spinal flex with hands on the knees
- Heart openers (yin)
- Camatkarasana (Wild Thing)
When the Heart Chakra opens, you’ll feel an abundance of empathy, compassion, and love. This applies not only to others but also to oneself. A balanced chakra allows people to be who they are, instead of attempting to live up to external expectations. A person with an open Heart Chakra develops trust in themselves and respects others.
Here are some of the ways to unblock the Heart Chakra.
A Seed Mantra Meditation for Love
Meditation can help to restore proper energy flow to the Heart Chakra. Meditation is a deeply personal experience that clears the path to experiencing peace within. It resolves the various anxious thoughts that bring imbalance in life.
The mantra associated with Anahata Chakra is YAM. It is considered to be the seed or beej of the heart depicted with the Heart Chakra symbolism. Chanting this mantra heals both the physical and the spiritual heart centre. It also makes a person more open to experiencing unconditional love and compassion.
Sit cross-legged and take deep breaths. Focus on the Heart Chakra and start changing YAM. Imagine the chakra opening with the energy flowing throughout the body. The vibrations of chanting YAM produce an overflow of positive feelings.
Daily Affirmations to Build Confidence & Love
Affirmations – can help to increase the positive energy associated with the Heart Chakra. Keeping a journal of gratitude helps in acknowledging the gifts of the present moment.
Some examples of positive heart affirmations include:
- I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
- I am wanted and loved.
- My heart is open to love.
- I forgive myself.
- I live in a state of grace and gratefulness.
- I value love above attachment.
- I am worthy of love.
- I love all beings equally.
- I am in harmony with myself and others.
Pranayama – Breathing Exercises for the Heart Chakra
The fourth chakra element is air so breathwork is a gateway to opening your Heart Chakra. One of the most beneficial breathwork techniques that not only balances the right and left brain hemispheres but also opens the heart is Anulom Vilom. Practising Anulom Vilom frequently brings calmness to both body and mind.
A Green Diet for Balancing the Anahata Chakra Energy
The predominant colour of the Anahata Chakra is green. Eating foods of the same colour as the chakra you are trying to heal can balance the energy flow around that area. The foods that help restore the balance are- spinach, kale, broccoli, matcha, green apples, green tea, cucumbers, etc. Green vegetables are also recommended by expert nutritionists for a healthy body and mind.
Practising Forgiveness to Open the Heart Chakra
When we have experienced loss and isolation, it can make us judgmental and jealous. Making an effort to practice forgiveness might seem a very difficult task. Not being able to forget the past resentments and anger only stops us from moving forward into future happiness. Talking to a close friend or meeting a professional counsellor clears the mind and guides you through inner growth and peace.
The energy of the Heart Chakra has a deep impact on our personality. A meaningful and balanced life can be achieved when our Heart Chakra is in balance. Maintaining a balanced Heart Chakra brings knowledge of the Self, which helps develop a strong relationship with others.