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Opening Heart Chakra?

I have 2 questions. First, how do u pronounce the sound “YAM”. This sound is associated with the heart chakra when u chant it. Also, do you know of any good exercises to open the heart chakra?

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  1. In one breath, using a full breath in one long tone, not too high or too low (lower tones for root chakra, and higher ones for crown) intone and expand and vibrate each part of the word yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
    phoenitically i—- ah—– mmm.

  2. Ya-m or Yah-m
    Whatever you preference.
    Sit cross-legged. Let the tips of your index finger and thumb touch. Put your left hand on your left knee and your right hand in front of the lower part of your breast bone (so a bit above the solar plexus).
    Concentrate on the Heart chakra at the spine, level with the heart.
    Chant the sound YAM.

  3. If you’re speaking strictly in terms of yoga, do any sort of poses where the chest is open and exposed.
    Ustrasana (camel pose) is a good example
    But so is Chakranasana (wheel pose)
    And Matsayasana (Fish pose).

  4. If you chakras were actually closed, you’d be dead. Your chakaras are points along the energy meridians that run down your body. Check a Chinese acupuncture chart to see where the meridians are located.
    Your lifeforce energy constantly runs along these meridians, and chakras are areas along those lines where energy builds and is directed further down or up the rest of your body.
    They are never closed. If they were, you’d be dead.
    Anyone who tries to charge you money to teach you how to “open” your chakras is ripping you off.

  5. It is pronounced like “yum” but the M is a nasalized sound ( like mg or ng) (The short “a” in Sanskrit sounds like “uh.” ) These are very close sound approximations.
    The seed syllables of the chakras are LAM, VAM, RAM (in pronunciation of the L and R , sounds are slightly rolled), YAM, HAM, OM, HA
    Any yogic exercise that opens the rib cage or breathing exercises that engage the arms (waving or swinging the arms) is good for stimulating this area (the thoracic plexus). Simply meditating with a focus on the area and meditation on what it represents or doing meditations related to having sympathy for others (such as Buddhist tonglen meditation) are good ways of opening this center. There is a meditation from the Hindu tradition in which a person meditates on his or her chosen idea of god sitting on a moon disc on a sun disc in red lotus in the heart chakra.


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