Let Your Heart Breathe

This is the fourth in Phoenix Adoni’s series on the heart chakra. (See the other parts here, here and here.) In this installment, Phoenix looks at breathing exercises to open, balance and heal the heart chakra.

Deep Breathing

Breathing is considered, in Hinduism as well as many other cultures, to be the most important basis for life and creation, and as the connection between mind, body and spirit. However, most of us suffer from shallow breathing, which stays trapped in the chest, leaving our diaphragms ignored and constricted. This shallow breathing is typically developed and becomes habitually automatic due to stress, depression, anxiety, smoking and overactive mental activity.

Deep breathing exercises not only expand the diaphragm, but assist in clearing out built-up, toxic emotions within our system and psyche by connecting together the mind and body. This is the vehicle through which the emotions are transmuted – and within this transmutation, our consciousness expands.

Start by sitting in a chair with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor. Begin by taking long, deep breaths (fully on the inhale and exhale) and, as you do, feel the breath as it moves down through your body and into your diaphragm. As it expands with each breath, pay close attention to how the energy shifts in your body as well as your mood alterations. If done consistently, deep breathing will become habitual, and the effects life-altering.

Heart Expansion Breathing

Over time – through various situations, events, wounds and traumas – our hearts shut down. Most of the time we aren’t even aware that it’s happened until something in our lives arises, putting us face to face with our closed hearts. In order to live with great vibrancy, it is crucial for us to be in touch, develop and expand our hearts through constant awareness.

This exercise is much like the deep breathing exercise except that instead of breathing only into the diaphragm, place your attention upon the heart. As you inhale fully and slowly, feel the breath enter your heart chakra. Allow the breath to fully expand your diaphragm, but keep your attention solely on the heart. After a time, you may notice your heart tingling or growing warm with each breath. This is a sign that your heart chakra is opening and being feed the life force energy of the breath.

What are your favorite exercises to open the heart center?

6 thoughts on “Let Your Heart Breathe

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  3. Gina Rose ext.9500Gina Rose ext.9500

    Excellent, excellent article, Phoenix !!!!! And Corrine made some good points as well.

    I’ve noticed for many years now that people breathe shallow when stressed , angry, or excited.

    And to get the most out of any meditation, ( or exercise routine)….. breathing correctly is KEY…..many people don’t get the full, if any, benefits of meditation because they forget to breathe properly while doing it.

    Blessed Be )O(
    Gina Rose ext.9500

  4. Jacqueline

    Hi Phoenix,
    Love your article, too often we get so caught up in all the ups and downs in life and forget to relax to take care of our-self,

    Meditation, deep breathing exercises, walks…..quiet time, is so helpful in becoming balances, having the ability to become clear on what is going on in our life.

    Sometimes it is with-in the still quiet times that allow us to feel and hear the messages that is being sent to us.

    Blessings and Big Hugs!
    Jacqueline x9472

  5. velvetoversteel

    Great article and advice from both Phoenix and Corrine! Deep breathing helps me to calm down, focus and relax. Esp. with meditation! Thanks to both of you for sharing! 🙂 ~ Coreen


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