(Editor’s Note: Aromatherapy and yoga…sound like they don’t mix? Wrong. Check out ways you can work your heart chakra with Kundalini Yoga and Essential Oils below.)
The Fourth Chakra (Anahata Chakra, in Sanskrit) represents our ability to feel love for the self and others. It is located in the center of the chest, level with the heart and influences the circulatory, pulmonary and immune systems.
When the fourth chakra is in balance, we feel the interconnectedness of all beings and things; we radiate love, warmth and generosity. We feel unconditional love for all things. The fourth chakra is represented as a lotus with 12 petals. The element is air and the sense is touch. The color associated with the 4th chakra is Green. Green equals healing compassion. Pink (red from the first chakra combined with white from the Crown Chakra.).
The heart chakra is the center of truth (heart of gold). It is the center of feelings (sense of well being- of ’what is love?’). Sadness (tears) in the 2nd chakra manifests as melancholy in the heart chakra. Fear in the 2nd chakra (public speaking) gains power and form and ebbs. It manifests in the 4th chakra as terror/phobias. Anger in the 4th chakra can come out as rage and manifest as clinical depression.
Open Your Heart – Yogi Bhajan’s Kundalini Yoga Class- Women’s Camp
Before doing this meditation, do some warm-up exercises to get things moving. That will accelerate the opening of the heart center.
1. Sit in Easy Pose with your hands in Gyan Mudra and bring the wrists
of both hands together at the diaphragm. The hands are at 90 degree
angle to each other. The right hand is flexed upward with the palm
facing left and the palm of the left hand is facing up with the
fingers pointing out to the right. The mudra is resting against the
Inhale and hold the breath in – focus on the spot where the Mudra
touches your body (heart center). Hold your breath in as long as you
can but don’t feel too much pressure. continue and mentally chant ‘Har’
This is pretty powerful. If you are a beginner start at 3 work to 11 and the
ultimate time is 45 minutes.
A good mantra for the Heart chakra is: Hum Dum Har Har
This mantra opens the Heart Chakra and means “We the universe, God, God.”
Some essential oils to open the heart chakra are rose, benzoin, meilssa, neroli, frankincense, bergamot, carrot, inula, lavender, spikenard, oregano, marjoram, black pepper, sage, sandalwood, hyssop, cinnamon bark, and laurel. To make your own blend: Pick up to 4 of these oils, put a total of about 10-12 drops in a 10ml amber or blue glass bottle…fill the remainder of the bottle with a carrier oil…like jojoba.
All of blends from LIGHT EOB, available on spiritvoyage.com, are suited to opening the heart and balancing the 4th chakra.
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