The kundalini, a dormant energy that resides within each of us, can potentially rise all the way from the first chakra, muladhara, up to the top of the head at sahasraraor seventh chakra. Our spiritual evolution is determined by how high this kundalini energy has reached.
According to some lineages, only when the kundalini has made it to the fourth chakra, or anahata chakra, is when one becomes a true yogi. Until then, they’re merely a yoga practitioner.
Anahata chakra is located at the center of the chest on the inner wall of the spinal column. It’s related to the heart center but is not actually located at the biological heart.
Anahata relates to the structures in the chest area: the heart, lungs, breasts, esophagus, shoulders, ribs, and diaphragm, as well as the arms, hands, and circulatory system. Disorders of anahata also have to do with this region, including heart problems, shoulder issues, chest pain, breast problems, and immune deficiency.
Anahata gives us all the joyful emotions we naturally associate with the heart: love, hope, compassion, confidence, and forgiveness. Its imbalance gives us jealousy, anger, hate, and fear.
Get comfortable in a meditative posture, eyes closed.
Bend your index fingers so that the fingertips touch the inside base of your thumbs.
Touch your middle and ring fingertips to the tips of your thumbs. Straighten your pinky fingers. Place your hands on your thighs, palms facing up.
Because the middle and ring fingers are linked with the nadis or subtle energy channels that connect to the heart, linking them with the thumb closes an energy circuit that sends prana to the heart region—the domain of anahata chakra.
Julie Bernier helps women to bring their bodies back into balance, whether they’re struggling with hormonal imbalances, period problems, digestive troubles, skin conditions, anxiety, depression, preparing for or recovering from giving birth, or any other dis-ease. This holistic approach to individualized wellness is rooted in ayurveda: a holistic system of healing from ancient India. Julie is a registered Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) as well as a Certified Massage Therapist. She studied each of these modalities in the US and straight from the source in India. Connect with Julie at trueayurveda.com or on IG at @juliebernier.