(Last Updated on : 02/09/2011)
The Anahata Chakra is the seat of balance within the body. The Heart Chakra is one of the important chakras in Kundalini yoga
stays in this chakra for a long time. The literal sense of word "anahata" is unstruck or unbeaten. This centre is known as such because it is related to heart which beats or vibrate with constant unbroken rythm continuously.
Location of Anahata Chakra
It is located in the heart and the centre from which feelings of love emanate. The Anahata Chakra is also associated with other pure emotions like joy, happiness, honesty, respect, compassion, understanding and generosity and with loving anyone in a sincere way without any ego. This is the Chakra that connects with the people one loves and the bond becomes very strong as long as the Chakra is effective.
Role of Anahata Chakra
The Heart Chakra is associated with colour green or pink. The Chakra initiates loving relationships and the situations like divorce or separation, grief at death, emotional abuse, abandonment, adultery are so painful for us as the Heart Chakra get imbalanced. This is also connected with physical illness, which requires emotional healing also. One should learn to develop self-love as the first step of developing a healthy fourth Chakra.
The purpose of Heart Chakra is emotional empowerment. The spiritual lesson it gives is forgiveness, unconditional love, trust, and compassion. When the Chakra is imbalanced it causes many physical disfunctions of heart conditions, asthma
, lung and breast cancers, thoracic spine, pneumonia
and problems in upper back and shoulder. The mental and emotional factors that deal with the Heart Chakra are love, compassion, confidence, generosity, inspiration, hope, despair, hate, envy, jealousy, anger and fear etc. The information it stores within it is connection to those whom we love. The area and organs of the body governed by Heart Chakra is heart, circulatory system, blood, lungs, rib cage, thymus, diaphragm, oesophagus, breasts, arms, shoulders and hands.
Exercises of Anahata Chakra
The exercises like pushing ups, swimming (breast stroke) and self-hugging stimulate the Heart Chakra. There are many foods that fuel this fourth Chakra. The list includes leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, dandelion greens, etc.; Air vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, squash, etc.; liquids like green tea and spices involves basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley.
Petals of Anahata Chakra
The twelve petals of Anahata Chakra are vermilion coloured. Syllables like kam, kham, gam, gham, ngam, cham, chham, jam, jham, nyam, tam and tham in Sanskrit are inscribed on it. They match the vrittis of lust, fraud, indecision, repentance, hope, anxiety, longing, impartiality, arrogance, incompetence, discrimination and defiance.
Many Gemstones like malachite, emerald
, rose quartz and flower essences like Holly, Poppy, California Wild Rose stimulate, cleanse and energise the Anahata chakra.