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The Chakra System Week 4: Heart Chakra

Our Chakra System syllabus at HOA aims to provide a deeper understanding of the subtle energy centers that govern our physical and energetic body. This week November 25th - December 1st, we move up the spinal column to the fourth chakra, the Heart chakra. The Heart chakra is located at the center of the chest and represents the meeting point between the physical and energetic body. The Sanskrit name “Anahata” translates to “unhurt.” 



The Heart chakra is our source of love, compassion and kindness for ourselves and others. When we work with the energies of the Heart chakra, we release the burden of pain we may be carrying and journey towards wholeness. Driven by the principles of transformation and integration, the fourth energy center is said to be a gateway of all healing and indeed, many spiritual traditions recognise love as the ultimate healing force. It is an energy that is a fundamental part of life itself. The energy of the Heart chakra allows us to recognise that we are a part of something larger than ourselves, and that we are interconnected within an intricate web extending throughout the universe. It allows us to connect with the sacred and fundamental truth that runs through all of life. 


The Heart chakra is also the seat of our emotions. Recall our past syllabus “Living From the Heart.” When we accomplish emotional self-mastery, we may efficiently master other aspects of our life. Accessing the energy of our heart also enriches our lives with loving kindness and represents a portal to our higher self. By authentically expressing our heart virtues, we create a reality that reflects the same virtues we emanate, thus creating a ripple effect that spreads love and compassion outward infinitely which then collectively raises the vibration of humanity toward their divine potential. 



The Heart chakra is the only chakra that can be opened and closed at will. When the Heart chakra is open, we feel unconditional love for ourselves and those around us. We are compassionate toward all living beings, we refrain from being judgmental and we engage in acts of kindness and generosity. We extend forgiveness easily and we afford others the respect they deserve. When the Heart chakra is balanced, we accept people and things for what they are instead of expecting them to be a certain way. However, we may consciously choose to protect ourselves and make our boundaries clear when we detect that someone may not have our best interests at heart. We can choose to not engage with those who may threaten our peace of mind. This is a form of love and compassion as well. 


When the Heart chakra is under active, we may feel emotionally unavailable and fear intimacy - symptoms that are rooted to our feelings of unworthiness. We may engage in self-victimisation and fail to connect with the deeper causes of our problems. An overactive Heart chakra on the other hand, may cause us to lose our personal boundaries and make unhealthy choices in the name of “love”. We may feel jealous toward other people’s successes and resentment toward ourselves. Physically, we may feel heartburn, heart palpitations or circulationary problems when our Heart chakra is unbalanced. 


The Heart chakra is governed by the element of Air. This element reminds us to experience life with lightness. Even when we’re feeling so deeply, we are encouraged to lightly let things happen and cope with them ever-so-lightly. We are encouraged to lighten our loads and release our heavy emotional burdens. When we stop resisting and surrender, all the things that are meant for us will come. 


The Bīja Mantra (Seed Mantra) of the Heart chakra is YAM. It is a sound that fills us with loving awareness. 


Join us at HOA this week to connect with your Heart center with the sound of the Gong. On Thursday, November 28th, we will discover the principles, purpose and properties of this chakra in a special 2-hr session. Book your mat today!


* Cancellation for November 28th should be done 3 days prior or you will be charged for late cancellation.


Written by Izzy Liyana, content creator & writer for HOA