The heart chakra is all about love, compassion, and kindness. When your heart chakra is balanced you are able to love and accept love. You are in love with yourself, life, and the world. If you feel that your heart chakra might need some healing, try these five chakra yoga poses to help you balance and unblock your Anahata.
The Sanskrit name for the heart chakra is Anahata which means “unstruck”, “unbeaten” or “unhurt”.
1. Camel pose (Ustrasana)
The Sanskrit name for the camel pose is Ustrasana where Ustra means “camel” and Asana “pose”.
Benefits Of Camel Pose
The camel pose:
stretches the anterior body,
tones the thighs, hips and glutes,
relieves tension in the neck, back and shoulders,
opens the chest and expends the diaphragm (improving the respiratory and circulatory systems),
reduces stress and anxiety.
The video: “How to Teach Camel Pose | Teach Yoga with Briohny Smyth” by Yoga With Briohny
Grab your FREE printable cheat sheet cards for each of your seven chakras. A handy reference guide when working with your chakras :).
2. Cobra pose (Bhujangasana)
The Sanskrit name for the cobra pose is Bhujangasana with Bhujanga meaning “serpent” or “snake”.
Benefits Of Cobra Pose
The cobra pose:
opens the chest and lungs,
strengthens the back,
stretches muscles in the chest, shoulders, and abdominal area,
improves digestion (by stimulating the digestive organs),
improves blood circulation,
can help improve sleep quality.
The video: “Cobra Pose Tutorial: Step-by-Step How To & Tips (+ Learn Flexibility Benefits)” by DoYou
3. Bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
The Sanskrit name for the bridge pose is Setu Bandha Sarvangasana with Setu meaning “bridge”, Bandha: “lock”, Sarva: “all”, Anga: “limb”.
Benefits Of Bridge Pose
The bridge pose:
- strengthens back, thighs, ankles, and glutes,
- reduces back pain and back tension,
- opens chest and heart,
- stimulates lungs, thyroid glands, and abdominal organs,
- improves blood circulation and digestion,
- reduces stress, fatigue, and anxiety,
- alleviates headaches, insomnia, and mild depression.
The video: “The Beginner’s Guide to Bridge Pose: A Step-By-Step Yoga Tutorial” by DoYou
Grab your FREE cheat sheet cards with stones for each chakra. A handy reference guide when working with your chakras :).
4. Cow/ Cat pose (Bitilasana/Marjaryasana)
The Sanskrit name of the cat pose: Marjaiasana, comes from Marjari meaning “female cat”. The name of the cow pose: Bitilasana, comes from Bitila meaning “cow”.
Benefits Of Cat/ Cow Pose
The cat/ cow pose:
brings flexibility to the spine,
stretches muscles of the hips, back, abdomen, and chest,
strengthens the spine and neck,
eases lower back pain,
releases neck tension,
improves body posture,
increases emotional balance and inner resilience,
calms the mind and reduces stress,
clears energy blockages.
The video: “Cat-Cow Yoga Pose – Yoga With Adriene” by Yoga With Adriene
5. Upward-Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
In Sanskrit the upward-facing dog pose is called Urdhva Mukha Svanasana with Urdhva meaning “upward”, Mukha “face” and Svana “dog”.
Benefits Of Upward-Facing Dog Pose
The upward-facing dog pose:
opens the heart and chest,
stretches and strengthens the back,
strengthens the writs, arms, and shoulders,
tones the legs,
stimulates the abdominal organs improving digestion,
The video: “How To Do Upward Dog: A Guide for Yoga Beginners (+ Health Benefits)” by DoYou
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There are many ways to balance and unblock your heart chakra; yoga being one of them. Check other methods of healing your heart chakra.
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