The heart chakra, also known as Anahata (Sanskrit: अनाहत), is the fourth chakra. The name itself references the synergy of the interaction of energy and the state of being detached so as to observe seemingly contradictory experiences of life while being in a state of openness and expansion. It is located along the spine in the area of the heart. When the heart chakra is open you may feel at complete harmony with all that is around you and deeply connected.
When the heart chakra is blocked jealousy may rear it’s ugly head. You will have difficulty relating with others and may be closed off or withdrawn. You may also have an issue with codependency as well. This chakra deals with our capacity to love and heart centered discernment. Through this chakra we can transcend our limitations from our egos and personal identities. It allows us to appreciate beauty and experience meaningful relationships. Here lies the bridge between the material and the spiritual aspirations within us.
The emphasis of this chakra is on love. Balance and harmony between opposites through giving and receiving with love is essential. This chakra is not merely about romantic love but about transcending the ego with compassion and acceptance. When our heart chakras are in balance we can see clearly and overcome challenges through compassion. This chakra gives us the abilities to grieve and to forgive.
The heart chakra is associated with the lungs and cardiac system, as well as the skin and hands. It is also related to the thymus, which is a gland that regulates the immune system. A large relation to all of this is the breath. Since this chakra is related to the element of air, its energy is relative to the breath and its movement.
There are many different ways to heal the heart chakra. Meditating upon the breath and a sense of love radiating from your chakra is one manner. Cultivating an appreciation for beauty, self-compassion and acceptance, and/or gratitude are great ways to improve the state of your heart chakra. A great deal of manifestation has to do with affirming these aspects in life, as well as practicing forgiveness – yet another way to heal anahata. If you tend to be a giver focus on receiving more, and if you tend to be a receiver focus on being more generous to others. A few yoga poses to try to help heal your heart chakra are Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Garudasana (Eagle Pose), and Marjaryasana (Cat Pose)