With Valentine’s Day just behind us, many people have taken their thoughts to matters of the heart over recent days whether they are single, in a new relationship or in a long-term relationship. Regardless as to whether you are romantically extremely happy and fulfilled, if you’re happily single, longing for a partner or if you’re struggling with where your current relationship is at, Valentine’s Day can be a time of year that brings about some intense emotions. It’s a great time to look at what we can do to balance and align our chakras, with a particular focus on the heart chakra.
If you practice yoga, you may already be familiar with the concept of chakras. The word chakra translated from Sanskrit means ‘wheel’. It is believed that the chakras are seven ‘wheels’ of energy that sit within the body, starting at the base of the spine and finishing at the crown of the head. The heart chakra sits at the centre of the chest and is most commonly represented by the colour green. If the heart chakra is blocked you may experience feelings of anxiety, you may hold onto past hurt, struggle to trust, fear rejection, experience issues with self-worth and also have difficulty expressing emotions. If the heart chakra is too open you may have issues with boundaries or your personal identity in relationships, you may tolerate too much from others or even become possessive or overly dependent. With a balanced heart chakra you will feel a greater sense of love, compassion and gratitude both for yourself and for others around you.
So how do you go about calming an over-active heart chakra or opening a blocked heart chakra? We have some ideas for you to explore below:
- Get Outdoors
The heart chakra is connected to the element of air so getting outdoors is a great way to soothe any imbalances in this area. If a hike in nature is not your thing, even just getting some windows open and getting some air circulating around your home will bring about benefits.
- Start a journal
Getting pen to paper can be a really great way to release and process your emotions. Journaling can help to order your thoughts and help you make sense of your emotions or challenging situations you’ve been in. Lot’s of people report journaling to be hugely cathartic and highly beneficial.
Aromatherapy oils are so versatile and can be used as a massage oil, in a burner or diffuser. You can even buy ready blended rollers that you can use quickly and easily by just rolling the oil onto your pulse points. Common oils that are used to balance the heart chakra are jasmine, rose, melissa, neroli, lavender and ylang ylang.
There are some great guided meditations available online that focus specifically on the heart chakra. If you’d like to practise on your own, perhaps try exploring one of the following ideas. Start by coming into either a seated or lying position and begin focusing on the breath in the body. Begin to visualise a green light at the heart centre to represent the chakra. Visualise this light healing and soothing as you breath in and out of the heart space. Alternatively you can try focusing on the breath then moving on to repeat affirmations to yourself; such as, “I am worthy of love and affection”, “I allow myself to love others unconditionally”, “I am grateful for the love I receive from others” or “I allow hurt and pain to help me grow. I continue to love and to be loved”.
Yoga postures that work on opening the heart space are great for helping to align the heart chakra. There are some great sequences that you can try at Yoga Journal by clicking on the link here.
This week at The Wellbeing and Wellness Coach we are hosting live online yoga classes that have a special focus on the heart chakra. We have a flow yoga class on Tuesday from 7.45-8.45pm, a hatha yoga class on Thursday from 7.30-8.30pm and a yin yoga class on Thursday from 8.45-9.45pm. If you’d like to come along and explore some postures to help balance your heart chakra click here to learn more and book. Enter the code BLOGPOST to try your first class free of charge.