The Heart Chakra is the 4th Chakra from the base. In Sanskrit is known as Anahata & it is assosiated with the color green. It is located in the physical body at the center of the chest. Often times in Yoga, a teacher will instruct you to bring palms together at heart center (anjali mudra.) That cue is in relation to your heart in the energtic sense or your chakra rather than the anatomical position of your heart organ.
Your heart chakra is the energy center of unconditional love, not only for yourself but also for others. It is the center of compassion, giving, forgiveness, & again unconditional love. It is also in relation to your ability to connect with others.
Balanced- Blocked- & Overactive
* Your heart chakra is balanced you give love selflessly with no expectations or conditions, you forgive easily, you are compassionate towards yourself & others, & you show empathy towards others.
* Your heart chakra is blocked when you are selfish, jealous, & greedy. This is similar to the root chakra. However, the heart chakra's stinginess is more in relation to emotion than it is to basic human needs. It can also act out in the oppososite where you are giving excessively but in the condition of wanting love in return, or giving excessively in which you disregard your own self-love.
* Your heart chakra is overactive when you are constantly out of touch with your emotions in the sense where you have melt-downs constantly, you are overly sad, and insecure.
-Yoga Postures to balance the heart Chakra are any heart openers. For example; cobra, bow, camel...
-Essential oils to use are rose, & neroli
-Foods to eat are greens & cooling foods. For example; spinach, mint, celery, cucumber.
A real world example of an imbalnce I will give is actually from a friend of mine. I feel generally balanced in with my Heart Chakra but that is not the case for everyone. I have a friend that is very unbalanced in this area. She struggles with self-confidence, she generally plays the martyr or victim for attention, she has trouble forgiving, and she also gives too much of her self in relationships where she ends up depleted. Only she can speak on her trauma's and experience, but I can notice from an outside perspective that imbalance is playing out in her tendencies.
When I feel like im feeling blockage in these areas I like to turn to heart opening yoga practices, self love music, a self care routine(bath, face mask, reading), & i like to spend time with women who are heart balanced(compassionate, loving, selfless).
If you are unsure if you are unbalanced, I invite you to take a moment to reflect. Do you have a hard time with forgiveness? Do you have unstable moods and emotional meltdowns? Do you find yourself in the victim character regularily?
If you answered yes to any of these questions. Good on you. First step is always awareness & acceptance. Take some time to reflect & ask yourself...when did your heart Where did all these boundaries come from?
If you feel balanced, also great. There is no right or wrong, there is only awareness. It is also important to implement these practices for maintenence.
Love to you all, tomorrow we will visit the Throat Chakra.