There are seven main chakras that begin with the Muladhara chakra at the base of the spine, ascending in a column to the Sahasrara chakra at the top of the head.
While they are aligned with the physical body, they are not something you can touch but are something you can sense and feel. Each main chakra is associated with a particular color along with certain functions.
Anahata chakra (which translates as “infinite”) is located in the central channel of the spine near the heart and is the center of some of our most beautiful human emotions and of course the tie that binds us all – love.
This chakra controls the lungs, shoulders, arms, chest as well as the heart and cardiac system. Also, this chakra is related to the element of Air. A balanced Anahata chakra is the reason for the free flowing energy in the body and smooth blood circulation.
An imbalanced heart chakra can lead to asthma, coronary conditions, bronchitis, shoulder and upper back pain. It also means that somewhere along the line, there has been a disruption in your attitude and understanding of love.
When balanced, the Anahata chakra helps to promote self-love, compassion, empathy, peace, healthy heart and a good immune system. Additionally, the energy of this chakra allows us to recognize that we are interconnected within a complicated web of relationships extending through life and the universe.
The bija (seed) syllable of this chakra is mantra “yam”.
Chanting heart (Anahata) chakra mantra benefits:
Reciting “yam” heals both the physical heart and the spiritual heart center and opens yourself up to unconditional compassion and love. The more the heart center opens, the more deeply and strongly we feel the spiritual pain but we can rest assured that it will finally dissolve in the light of wisdom and love.
Moreover, breathing exercises (pranayama), working with the arms and self-discovery can also help heal this energy center. Also, we can open and clear the heart chakra with a simple meditation practice using the mantra “yum.”
YAM meditation technique
#1 Sit on the floor, in a chair or on a stool. If you are seated on the floor, it is usually most comfortable to sit cross-legged (easy pose) on a cushion.
#2 Begin every meditation by breathing deeply, slowly inhaling and then exhaling and focusing solely on your breath.
#3 Be aware of your surroundings, your physical body, the sounds around you. Don’t react or attempt to change anything. Just be aware.
#4 Concentrate on the heart chakra. Chant the sound YAM. As you chant the mantra, your mind will begin to calm and become present.
TIP – As thoughts come to you, simply acknowledge your thoughts, set them aside, and return your attention to your mantra.
#5 When you are ready to end the meditation session, open your eyes and stand up slowly. Stretch yourself and extend your increased awareness to your next activities.