Here we are: it's my fourth week of the chakra series, and we've made it to the heart.
As the central chakra, your heart chakra is found at the centre of your chest, and is said to represent where the physical and spiritual meet. Physically, it of course includes the heart, the thymus gland (which is vital in our endocrine and lymphatic systems) and the lungs.
As the name implies, your heart chakra is all about love – spiritual, forgiveness, self-love and love of others. When your heart chakra is balanced, love and compassion can flow freely in both directions – giving and receiving. Essentially, this is all about contagious good vibes. When the heart chakra is blocked, you'll feel grief, anger, jealousy and hatred. For me, it forms in grudges, which means I am harbouring the negative feelings, elongating the healing processes and pushing away opportunities to love.
Balancing the heart chakra, for me, is about meditation, music and reflection. I've never been someone who enjoys journaling, but if you are able, journaling can help you reflect upon why your heart chakra is out of balance. If your form of meditation is through movement, head out into nature. Heart-openers (as implied in the name) are also great to open the heart chakra – think camel, cobra, supta virasana or even cat-cow poses.
The colour of the heart chakra is green, and eating green foods can help balance it – try broccoli, leafy vegetables, green tea and avocado. Try matcha, green smoothies or even avocado-chocolate-mint mousse (definitely will provide a recipe for this one day).
The Sanskrit word for the heart chakra is Anāhata, meaning “un-struck.” This is what I think about when I'm backbending and trying to open my heart chakra. Through your heart chakra, you have the choice to expand your consciousness through the power of love or contract your consciousness through the power of fear. So breathe, open, feel.