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5 Ways To Open The Heart Chakra

Opening our chakras and making sure our energy flows effortlessly through them is not a one time spiritual surgery. Our recovery is a daily program of maintenance. Included in that program is living a holistic lifestyle which supports a healthy flow of energy through open chakras. If you have noticed that your heart chakra seems blocked, there are activities you can incorporate into your life which will contribute to opening that sacred energy channel and allowing the flow of the universe to run through you once more.

Chest-opening yoga poses

Yoga can be focused on opening specific chakras, like the heart chakra. Since the heart chakra sits in the chest area of the body, look for chest-opening yoga poses. You don’t have to do a full yoga class to get heart-chakra opening benefits, though they do exist. Simply do an internet search for chest-opening yoga poses, or, heart-chakra opening yoga poses and you will be met with many options to create your own flow or just practice individual asanas. For an easy stretch, simply tilt your head back and push your chest forward, rolling your shoulders back. Mindfully focus on this practice a few times a day to start releasing tense chest muscles.

Heart chakra-focused meditation

Each chakra has a mantra associated with it. The mantra for the heart chakra is YAM. Many meditations exist online which guide you through visualization practices for opening and balancing the chakras. On your own, you can practice taking deep inhales and on your exhales, sounding out the YAM mantra, like you would do with OM.

Color therapy

Green is the color of the heart chakra. Color therapy can range from incorporating a color into your wardrobe, carrying more stones of a color, or even cooking with that color. Green is an especially healing color because it is a color of nature. Spend time in green spaces or buy plants for your home. Cook with lots of green ingredients like leafy greens, green vegetables, and green fruits. Make green smoothies, green soups, and green sauces. Try some art therapy using only green shades of mixed media. In all of the things you do, set your intention and energy toward your heart chakra.

Sound therapy

Did you know that sounds have frequencies and that chakras have frequencies? Sound frequencies can be tuned to match the frequency of the chakras. Tibetan singing bowls or crystal bowls, for example, can be constructed in a way which tunes them specifically for the heart chakra. There are also songs and recorded meditations which include heart chakra frequencies.


Reiki is an energy healing practice which focuses on removing blockages from the chakras and helping enhance the flow of energy. A reiki practitioner will likely be able to tell that your heart chakra is blocked. However, you can let them know this is what you specifically want to work on and they can focus on your heart chakra.

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