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Heart chakra symbolism

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Maybe I wouldn't go so far as to say it's my favourite (because they all have unique properties and characteristics) but I love the idea of the heart chakra representing the balancing point between earthly and divine energies. I find just coming into the heart space to be such a balancing and resetting practice when I'm feeling fearful or too 'heady'.

Does anyone else connect with the heart chakra in this way or have experience meditating on it?

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I double love the heart chakra.  For one thing it helps to intersect the lower and higher vibrating energies.  In Qigong we learn that the meridians that cross over and when trying to help healing it is always best to come from the heart.  I love visualizing and feeling the heat and tingling sensations from the heart chakra, including the back area and sending vibrations out from it to all areas of the body.  The in and through the cells to the world.  Very healing process, green color of course.   I am always smiling. 

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@Paige PIlege - Yes, I love the mingling of the lower and higher energies. The heart embodied both the tangible and intangible so beautifully.

I often practice the yoga asana pose 'gomukhasana', or 'cow face' pose. It is said to help balance the heart, and since it is a pose that is done on two sides, I often reflect upon the two directions of loving energy - the incoming and the outgoing, or the receiving and the giving. This reflection and pose symbolizes for me another 'balancing point' within this energy center. ❤️

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I really need to get serious and learn some yoga.  i guess qigong ends up taking over.  How many hours should we do?? I can do 3 hours just qigong a day. And that is just going through movements.  I guess 3 hours in the evening would also be good.   I will have to think on that.  it is time I get some kind of schedule  for my life working.  It is tough.  

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5 hours ago, Paige PIlege said:

I really need to get serious and learn some yoga.  i guess qigong ends up taking over.  How many hours should we do??

I would say a personal yoga practice could be anywhere from 20-90 minutes per session for beginners. Advanced yoga practitioners might practice for up to 3 hours as you do with qigong, but that length isn't necessary to achieve the benefits. I'd start small (say, 30 minutes) and build from there. I think the length will also depend on the type of yoga you practice. Some are more physically demanding while others are more meditative.

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@Gillian SangerI would need help picking one.  It would have to be for recovery from my broken leg.  I haven't began because too many to choose from so go back to my Qigong. lol.  Would you suggest one for me?  I used to ride bikes and love to swim but the ankle has to strengthen up.  My problem is if I like it, I will go crazy doing it much longer.  I have so many things I love to do, I almost have to schedule time slots for it all.  lol  I do love my life.  

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@Paige PIlege - It is difficult to recommend a particular program when there is injury involved. I think the safest bet when it's a new practice is to head to a class in person so that you can discuss details about your injury and present abilities with the teacher guiding you.

That said, hatha yoga is a wonderful place to start. It's the form of yoga that others are based upon. These practices tend to be slow and contemplative, really offering time to explore each pose.

Yoga Journal is a fantastic resource for learning about poses. In their 'Poses' section, you can view various asanas by type or by body part. Each pose has step-by-step instructions, benefits, modifications, contraindications, and more. Certainly worth checking out!!! Some of my personal favourite are Ardha Matsyendrasana, Reclining Bound Angle Pose, and Reverse Warrior.

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Thank you @Gillian SangerI will look at some as soon as have a moment.  I am focusing on my relationship and working in my profession and many interests at this point.  I have a gym we go too. Husband and I but have you ever heard of getting into shape to go to the gym to get into shape???   Rather wait until can move a bit better.  lol.  I am sure many people go through this.  It does make a difference if I think of passion for others before attempting to go out and not let those feelings alter my course.  Staying happy and mindful of the passion of life makes a HUGE difference.  

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The heart chakra is wonderful for meditating and using the color green.  This is the resonating color vibration that will help healing or feeling better and better each day.  

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