to Align and Balance Your 4th Chakra
The best heart chakra yoga poses are those that open the chest area as well as poses that draw energy into the heart.
Situated behind the heart, Anahata, the 4th or your heart chakra is your point of balance. Balance between the body and mind, balance between Heaven and Earth.
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The heart chakra sits right in between the three lower chakras and the three upper chakras.
And you know that your three lower chakras have everything to do with your physical body and sensations, while your upper chakras are more about intuition, interconnectedness, your mind, and the spirit.
It is at the heart chakra where the energies or lower and upper chakras must achieve balance. One of the ways to do this is with heart chakra yoga poses. The following poses open and balance the heart chakra.
One of the most challenging things in life is to be vulnerable. As we grow older we become more closed and constricted. We have been hurt many times and we feel the need to protect ourselves.
Physically, we rotate our shoulders forward, we push out our chin and round our upper body to protect the heart.
This constricts the flow of prana to the heart and creates an imbalance in the heart chakra.
Camel pose is a strong asana that opens up your chest area, exposing you, making you vulnerable and more open to giving and receiving love.
This yoga asana stretches the entire front of the body, abdomen, chest, and throat, as well as deep hip flexors - the psoas muscle. It strengthens your back muscles and stimulates organs in the abdomen.
Cobra pose allows for the prana to be directed into the heart chakra, rather than scattered around. This heart chakra yoga pose also allows for strengthening of the entire shoulder area, providing more stable support for the shoulder.
In the previous two heart chakra yoga poses you opened the front of the heart. The forward bend pose opens the back of the body.
As you know, all chakras (except root chakra and crown chakra) are at the front and at the back of the body as well. That's why postures that open the front and the back are equally important for opening and balancing these chakras.
From an anatomical point of view, the forward bend pose opens up the spinal column where cells of the nervous system, neurons, reside. This opening allows for the clearing of adhesions and blockages, stimulating the nervous system.
Most heart chakra yoga poses are also strong poses for opening your throat chakra.