The Anahata or heart chakra is vitally important in this time of history. Because fear is rampant, and love is the only thing that can conquer it. Everyone needs help with this energy center, located, you guessed it, in the center of the the chest and is associated with, you guessed it, the organ of the heart.
It's no surprise that the heart chakra is associated to complex emotion, compassion, love, and equilibrium. It is also associated with the thymus, the gland in charge of producing the immune response. The chakra is symbolized by a lotus with 12 petals. The color of this chakra is green. Its element is air. YAM is the sound.
When you are blocked in this chakra, it usually means that you have been hurt emotionally in the past. Since this chakra is the seat of interpersonal emotional relationships, this center can become contracted after emotional wounds of any kind. Usually the wounds come from past love relationships, parents, siblings, any family member, or deep friendships. Or how about all of them? If you're human, you most likely need to open this chakra. A block in this energy center either means an insensitivity to feelings, or a lack of service and altruism, pettiness in the form of non-compassion or judgment, and emotional immaturity. It could also mean a hyper-sensitivity to emotion and feelings.
What's required is an unblocking, an opening, a loosening and a brightening. To let go of old hurtful emotions.
Poses to help release and strengthen the heart chakra:
Camel pose: Come to stand on your knees, hip distance apart. Check to see that your feet are exactly behind the knees and parallel. Bring your hands to your lower back with your fingers pointing to your shoulder blades and elbows reaching for each other. Lift your heart and sternum. Let the backbend happen between your shoulder blades, in the thoracic spine. Let your head fall back. All the way back. Keep your thighs perpendicular to the floor as lift the heart and fall back. Go back as far as you can. Perhaps you can even bring your hands to your ankles with the thumbs on the inside of your ankles. Breathe deeply for 10 breaths in this pose. Go back as far as you can.
To come out, take hands back onto lower back and slowly lift the head and heart up to rise to straight. Sit on your feet and feel the energy that has
Anahatasana: From there, walk your hands out directly in front of you on the floor until your arms are straight. Hips will lift up so seat is in the air, directly over your knees. Tuck your toes behind you. Chin on the floor and chest on the floor.
Walk your hands back up to your knees and sit back on your feet to prepare for meditation.