“When you touch the celestial in your heart, you will realize that the beauty of your soul is so pure, so vast and so devastating that you have no option but to merge with it. You have no option but to feel the rhythm of the universe in the rhythm of your heart.”
In Sanskrit, the heart chakra is called Anahata, which means “unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten”. The element associated with Anahata is air and is responsible for many feelings such as love, compassion, forgiveness, and love for oneself. The Heart Chakra is the fourth primary one that is green in color.
I had no idea how important chakras were and didn’t take much time to learn them before I began practicing yoga. Since I’ve improved a great deal in my practice, I’ve noticed a constant tightness in my chest.
It seems no matter how much I stretched it, the tightness and strange feeling would remain. I meditated and focused on deep, long even breaths and still nothing.
I recently went to a yoga class and the instructor put much needed emphasis on our breath. We also chanted Om several times throughout the session. I felt an energy that I had never experienced before. It was like I was on a different plane of existence. The feeling was electric, like I was in another realm. It was one of the best yoga classes I’ve attended.
After an hour or so, the feeling began to fade and I was back on earth again. I knew at that moment I never wanted it to end. I wanted to reach the ultimate level of consciousness and stay in a constant state of blissful peace.
I was intrigued and began reading more about chakras and that’s when I came across Yam.
Yam is the cleansing mantra for your Heart Chakra. This can heal our physical and spiritual center and open ourselves up to love. It can also heal past wounds and emotional heartache.
I’ve officially been chanting this mantra 3 times a day for 15 minutes. Not only is the tightness in my chest gone but I feel more calm and alive than ever. I don’t want to overwhelm myself with too much chanting because it can bring on too many emotions that you have to be ready to handle.
For now I’m going to focus on Yam and eventually I will move on to each mantra for all seven of our chakras. For anyone that is looking to heal past heartache or chest pain, or to open yourself up to love and forgiveness, I hope this article will help guide you in the right direction.