Anahata Chakra (Heart Chakra)
Anahata fuels your ability to give and receive love. It serves as your main emotional center, which magnetically feels, and responds accordingly to, your every thought. When your heart chakra is open and balanced, you feel a deep sense of love, gratitude, and connection to all beings, including yourself—and you are able to see each situation with love and compassion. When you are out of touch or closed off to the energy in your heart center, you might feel sad, resentful, unloved, or unable to give and receive love. This can happen after heartbreak, or when changes occur within friends and family circles. THE POSE // USTRASANA Camel Pose If you’re suffering through grief or heartbreak, your inclination may be to protect yourself and shield your heart from the world. This posture—and backbends in general— can help you expand your chest area, gently re-opening your heart center so that you’re able to express and feel love again.
HOW TO Stand on your knees, keeping them hip-width apart with your shins parallel to one another. Press the tops of your feet down into the earth, and place your hands on the backs of your hips with your fingers pointing down. Expand your chest by lightly drawing your lower abdomen in and up and your shoulder blades toward one another. Lift upward to lengthen your spine as you start to bend backward. You may even grasp your heels with your hands, using the fixed grip to lift and open your chest even more. Stay here for 5–8 slow, deep breaths.