Namasté! Today it’s all about the heart-chakra and about the asanas that are good for working with it..
The area around the heart often is a sensitive area. Feelings and love can be felt boldly, and the heart is the first organ to form as a fetus.
For some people it comes easily to get into backbends, but other people feel more like a stiff plank, like I do when I’m practicing them. But I must say that I can feel progress over the last few years – much slower progress than with stretches for example, but yet it’s steadily, millimeter by millimeter, And one thing should be remembered here: the way itself is the goal, and not to become a circus artist. I will save that for another lifetime… ;)
Yoga for the anahata chakra
Backbends and heart-opening Asanas are wonderful exercises for the heart chakra.
Asanas for the anahata chakra:
- Ustrasana – the camel (see photo above)
- Anahatasana – the heart-Asana (see photo below)
- Bhujangasana – the cobra
- Urdhva Mukha Svanasana – the upward facing dog
- Dhanurasana – the bow
- Urdhva Dhanurasana – the wheel
Backbends of all sorts
Heart-opening postures are intense and it’s possible that you might feel more emotional after practicing many of them during a class. Like in the hip-area memories can be stowed and stored in the heart-area that might surface when working with the heart chakra. This can be painful sometimes, too, but also very relieving.
In today’s society we often tend to hide our true feelings, to not disclose too much of ourselves, maybe even to protect us. This you can notice on an introverted posture – with sunk down shoulders, hanging head and round back (often you can notice an hollow-back here as well). The chest seems to be closed and compressed, the muscles of the back are overstretched and the neck is strained.
That’s why backbends sometimes can feel uncomfortable and trigger feelings of slight panic. As many of us are not used to such an ‘open’ posture, heart openers can make us feel vulnerable as they require the complete opposite posture of what our body is used to.
That’s why we should practice gently when it comes to backbends and avoid trying to get into them with force. Instead we should be gentle and only practice advanced Asanas when we’re really feeling ready for them. This can even change daily.
Less is more, and better to practice precisely than to practice sloppily, which could damage the spine in the worst case.
Have fun with your practice and keep an open heart! <3