• Barbara Newman

Have a Happy Healthy Heart Chakra

The journey of the energy centers or chakras begins at the root chakra located at the base of the spine, moves up to the sacral chakra below the navel, and continues up to the solar plexus chakra above the navel. Progressing further along this path is the fourth chakra, the heart or Anahata, found in the center of the chest at the heart level. The heart chakra is depicted by the color green and also pink. It is associated with emotions, compassion, balance, and calmness. When the heart chakra is balanced, there is an acceptance of others and oneself. However, poor health, loss, and lack of confidence can block the heart chakra. Symptoms may include control, possessiveness, and withdrawal. Air, the element of the heart chakra, can assist in lightening stress through breathing exercises and walking. By being patient, good to oneself, and open to new opportunities, the heart can embrace acceptance, forgiveness, compassion, and love.

Yoga poses such as prayer, cobra, camel, bridge, lunge, downward facing dog, and bound angle open the heart. With breath and movement, the heart chakra is fully engaged as the breath fills the lungs with air.

As the saying goes, the grass may not always be greener. However, when it comes to nutrition for the heart chakra, greener is better. Think of planning meals around the following green vegetables, fruits, superfoods, and herbs:

Spinach, zucchini, kale, broccoli, asparagus, beans, peas

Kiwi, green apples, green grapes, avocado, lime, cucumber

Spirulina, wheatgrass, barley grass, green tea

Mint, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, basil, sage, coriander, oregano

Meals may include the following:

Green smoothies for breakfast

Green veggie soups

Spinach and kale salad with favorite veggies, fruits and herbs

Avocado and lime on toast

Add salad and green veggies to a meal

Embellish food with a mint leaf

Desert with green fruits and mint tea

Not only will the body say, "Thank you," but the emotional well-being will be grateful for the goodness and love being offered.


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