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Zaheera Swing
Nutritional Therapist & Herbalist BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD

5 Yoga Poses To Activate The Heart Chakra

Yoga can be instrumental in balancing the heart chakra, which is vital for emotional equilibrium and nurturing feelings of love and compassion. Five key yoga poses to activate the heart chakra include the cobra pose, camel pose, bridge pose, upward-facing dog, and fish pose. Regularly practicing these poses can enhance emotional connections, boost empathy, and promote overall well-being.

Feeling disconnected or emotionally stagnant? It could be a sign that your heart chakra, or Anahata, might be out of balance. Situated at the center of the chest, the heart chakra is your fourth chakra and is responsible for feelings of love, compassion, and empathy. It is essential to the harmonious flow of energy within our bodies.

Opening and balancing the heart chakra through yoga can cultivate love, compassion, and inner peace. Yoga poses that focus on this area can expand the chest, enhance breath capacity, and make us more receptive to positive emotions. 

Here are five yoga poses that can help activate your heart chakra:


1. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)



The cobra pose is an excellent backbend that expands the chest and opens the heart chakra.

To perform the cobra pose:

  • Lie on your stomach, palms placed under your shoulders.
  • Inhale and press your palms into the floor while lifting your head and chest.
  • Keep your elbows close to your body and shoulders away from your ears.
  • Hold the pose for 5-10 breaths, feeling an opening in your chest.
  • To release, exhale and lower your chest and head down slowly.



2. Camel Pose (Ustrasana)



Camel pose is a deep backbend that opens up the chest, enhancing the energy flow to the heart chakra.

To perform the camel pose:

  • Start by kneeling with your legs hip-width apart.
  • Place your hands on the back of your hips.
  • Inhale, lift your chest, and arch your back.
  • If comfortable, reach back and grab your heels with your hands.
  • Hold the pose for 5-10 breaths.
  • To release, gently bring your hands back to your hips and sit back on your heels.



3. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)



The bridge pose strengthens the back muscles and expands the chest, encouraging the flow of energy to the heart chakra.

To perform the bridge pose:

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground.
  • Inhale, press your feet, and lift your hips off the ground.
  • Clasp your hands under your body and press down with your arms.
  • Keep your chin away from your chest.
  • Hold for 5-10 breaths.
  • Exhale and slowly lower your hips to the floor to release.



4. Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)



This pose is similar to the cobra pose but provides a deeper stretch to the chest and a more profound activation of the heart chakra.

To perform the upward-facing dog:

  • Begin by lying flat on your stomach.
  • Place your hands next to your chest and push the ground away, straightening your arms and lifting your torso and thighs off the ground.
  • Keep your shoulders away from your ears and open your chest.
  • Hold for 5-10 breaths.
  • To release, lower yourself back to the ground slowly.



5. Fish Pose (Matsyasana)



Fish pose helps to open the chest and throat area, stimulating the heart and throat chakras.

To perform the fish pose:

  • Lie on your back, legs extended.
  • Place your hands underneath your hips, palms down.
  • Inhale, lift your head, and arch your back, creating a curve.
  • Allow the top of your head to rest on the floor gently.
  • Feel the stretch in your chest and throat.
  • Hold the pose for 5-10 breaths.
  • To release, press into your elbows, lift your head slightly, and gently lower your back to the ground.




Final Thoughts


Balancing the heart chakra is key to nurturing relationships, fostering empathy, and embracing self-love. These five yoga poses - cobra pose, camel pose, bridge pose, upward-facing dog, and fish pose - are designed to open and activate the heart chakra. Integrating these poses into your regular yoga practice can help cultivate a deeper sense of connection with yourself and others. As always, it's essential to practice with awareness and intention. Ensure that your movements are gentle and controlled, and listen to your body, adjusting or modifying poses as needed. With dedicated practice, you'll find your heart chakra flourishing, bringing about greater love, compassion, and harmony in your life.


Please note: It's important to note that while yoga can be a great way to increase flexibility and improve overall well-being, it's crucial to practice it safely to avoid injury. Before attempting any of the poses mentioned in this article, it's recommended that you consult with a certified yoga instructor /yoga teacher to ensure that you are practicing correctly and safely. Always listen to your body and never push yourself beyond your limits. If you experience any pain or discomfort, stop the pose immediately. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice or guidance from a qualified yoga instructor/yoga teacher.


Zaheera Swing
Nutritional Therapist & Herbalist BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD
As a qualified Nutritional Therapist (BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD), Zaheera Swing has a deep passion for restoring balance and harmony to the body through the modalities of nutritional science, herbalism, and holistic lifestyle practices. Using the functional medicine model coupled with wisdom from ancient paradigms, she aims to provide insight into the underlying root causes of poor health and the holistic tools we can harness to enhance the well-being of mind, body, and spirit.
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