It’s a universally known fact that Yoga can heal the body. With the recent Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, it has become even more important to take care of your health. Harvard Medical School, a leading medical institute in the USA, has also recommended yoga, meditation and controlled breathing to help with the anxiety issues related to the virus. If you’re wondering how yoga might help you during this time, well, you’re in the right place!
We’ve identified that by stimulating heart chakra, you can improve your chances of defeating the aforementioned disease. Here, we shall walk you through the entire process of meditation, but first, let’s learn in detail about the heart chakra.
What is the Heart Chakra?
While some sources say a total 114 chakras in the human body (along with 72,000 nadis), there are seven main Chakras that we stimulate during meditation and yoga. These are the following:
- Muladhara Chakra or Root Chakra
- Svadhishthana Chakra or Sacral Chakra
- Manipura Chakra or Solar Plexus Chakra
- Anahata Chakra or Heart Chakra
- Vishuddhi Chakra or Throat Chakra
- Agya Chakra or Third Eye Chakra
- Sahasrara Chakra or Crown Chakra
As previously stated, here we shall only focus on the Heart Chakra. There are several other names for it- Anahata, Hritpankaja, Dbabasjadala, and the Fourth Chakra. As the name suggests, the Heart Chakra is located at the centre of the chest, near the heart. Balance in this chakra breeds healthy and positive emotions like compassion, trust, passion, and love. On the other hand, chaos to this chakra brings a flood of negative emotions like fear, doubt, mistrust, anger, jealousy, hatred, and anxiety. There are many techniques you can use to stimulate Anahata Chakra, which are listed below.
Heart Healing Techniques
For healing, calming, and stimulating the heart chakra, you can follow the following steps.
Meditate to Heal the Forth Chakra
Meditation never fails to bring peace to the mind as well as the body. The simplest way to do so is to lie extremely still, with calm thoughts, or if possible, no thoughts at all. You can also try the quintessential meditation pose, sitting upright with your legs crossed. Just remember to keep your eyes closed and yours breaths slow, and the heart chakra healing process will start showing its calming effect in a few minutes.
Physical Stimulation through Asanas
Surprisingly, yoga’s journey to healing the heart is not limited to the heart itself. We also have the ‘thymus’, a small endocrine gland that sits behind the front ribs and in front of the heart. This gland plays a very important part in our body’s immune system, which in turn would help you fend off Covid-19. Backward bending asanas, also called ‘heart-opening asanas’, can help you improve the flow of blood in the region. Start with simple ones like Dhanurasana (bow pose) and Bitilasana (cow pose), then graduating to more taxing ones like Natarajasana and Ardha Bhekasana. The backward poses are considered the most therapeutic asanas in yoga.
Next, to counteract the backward poses and bring balance to the body, you’ll need between 12 to 18 rounds of Surya Namaskar (sun salutations), with the following 12 steps:
- Pranamasana, or the prayer pose. Joining your palms together and praying to the sun god silently helps to relax the body.
- Hastauttanasana, in which you stretch your arms, chest, and abdomen.
- Padahastasana, where you stretch your spine and increase blood flow to the brain.
- Ashwa Sanchalanasana, which stretches the legs, spine and abdomen
- Parvatasana, which strengthens leg and arm muscles.
- Dandasana, which helps improve back, shoulder, and chest muscles
- Ashtanga Namaskar, strengthens chest, arms, and legs.
- Bhujangasana, releases stress in the back, chest, and abdomen.
- Parvatasana, here we begin the end of one cycle of Surya namaskar.
- Ashwa Sanchalanasana, which mirrors the beginning.
- Padahastasana, which also mirrors the beginning.
- Hasta Uttanasana, where we effectively complete one Surya namaskar.
This would conclude one cycle of Surya Namaskar, after which you will need to repeat, starting once again from the Pranamasana. You should follow this up with Kapalabhati (frontal brain purification) breathing exercises. This would help circulate fresh oxygen to every part of your body, aided by the brilliant blood circulation from the earlier sun salutations.
Work with Chakra colours
Traditionally, the heart chakra is recognised as a green coloured force in our body. Green symbolises growth and renewal in nature. Surrounding yourself with greenery is the easiest way to stimulate the Anahata via colour. Sitting is a grassy field on a calm day is perhaps one of the simplest yet best ways of meditation for the heart chakra. A slow walk in the park is also great. While Coronavirus (Covid-19) has us all locked mostly inside our homes, we can still take some time to visit a nearby park, but with appropriate preventive measures. Remember to keep a distance from other people and you’ll be fine.
Try a Mantra
Mantras help put positive energy into words. Chanting mantras can help rejuvenate the soul. If you’re doing it correctly, the vibrations of chanting will help stimulate the fourth chakra as well. Pick shlokas from the Vedas is a popular choice, and it’s our recommendation as well. Benefit from affirmations Positive messages, assurance, and affirmations also help brighten up the soul, especially if the rest of your day has been less than ideal, or if you’re dealing with a shade of negative emotions. The most popular way is to benefit from affirmations is to have a few posters around your home, preferably at eye level. As such, simply walking randomly around your house will be an exercise in accepting positive thoughts.
Heal through Music
Another method of meditation for heart chakra is to listen to calming music. Music has been proven to improve mental health. Singing along to your favourite music only adds to the positive outcome. It should be remembered that the music has to be calm and soothing. While loud, energetic songs are also fun to listen to and shake a leg, they are not a part of the meditation process. That said, you should always indulge in different music genres, as having fun and discovering new things is also equally important.