The Yoga & Love Issue: Winter 2016

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PRAC L I TI FECE + H EALT H

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From Me to We

Radiating Light from the Heart Chakra

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WE ARE COMPLEX, MULTI-LAYERED CREATURES. MANY PHYSICAL AND ETHEREAL SYSTEMS WORK WITHIN US. SOME OF THESE LAYERS EXIST BEYOND THE PHYSICAL WORLD. ONE SUCH LAYER IS THE CHAKRA SYSTEM, AND

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CHAKRA. BY LISA EVANS The chakra system allows us to conceive of subtle energy that enters our consciousness and affects change at a physical level. The chakras begin as seven vortices of energy running the length of our bodies, each in their place and with their purpose. Much like the heart is the center of the circulatory system, these seven chakras are at the center of our energetic system.

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Just as it sounds, the heart chakra resides in the area of the sternum. When we place our hands in anjali mudra, thumbs resting on the sternum, we are making contact with our heart chakra. It’s the connecting bridge between the lower triad of chakras—root, sacral, and solar plexus; and the upper triad of chakras—throat, third eye, and crown. The lower three chakras work with our physical needs and worldly concerns—survival, creativity, and identity. Meanwhile, the upper three chakras work with universal consciousness—power of projection, intuition, and divine connection.

When we place our hands in anjali mudra, thumbs resting on the sternum, we are making contact with our heart chakra.

The heart chakra is the pinpoint of light that balances these two triangles. Most of us believe the heart center is the opening of feelings and emotions. While we do feel deeply at the heart, this isn’t entirely true. The second chakra is the gate for raw emotions such as love or hate. A perfect example of chakras working to affect the physical systems would be butterflies in the stomach when you fall in love or IBS when you’re upset or angry. Instead, the heart chakra gives a relationship to those feelings. When addressing your feelings with a balanced heart chakra, you act consciously instead of irrationally. And in this way, passion is transformed into compassion. When open, the heart chakra receives energy from the lower triangle; it feeds our deeper appreciation for other people. No longer is our awareness limited to our own perspective. The transitional expression of the heart chakra turns our concern from “me” to “we.”

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As our perspective widens, it opens up new aspects of ourselves. We have the ability to speak our truth from a place of calm loving-kindness. This gives rise to an open awareness and deeper understanding we call intuition. Moving through that place of intuition, the deeper intelligence within us begins to connect to the divinity we originated from. In this place of bliss, nirvana, Christ, or consciousness, we see that we are not alone, but part of the whole.

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In this way, the heart chakra is love, but love that is deeper and more spacious than we realize.


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