symptoms of heart chakra opening

Ahem Prema, Ahem Prema, Ahem Prema

I hope you read that in your chanting voice! This beautiful Sanskrit mantra means “I am Divine Love.” Try it with me. (If you are new to the practice of chanting, feel free to speak it aloud to yourself.)

Ahem Prema, Ahem Prema, Ahem Prema

Ahhhhhhh! I love a good mantra. Use this one to open your heart chakra. The fourth primary chakra is responsible for the quality of our relations with others. Keeping the energy flow open in this center will encourage deeper connections to others and more self-love!

Let’s dive deep into how your 💗 chakra opens!

Heart Chakra Check-In

When was the last time you checked in with your heart energy? Let’s try now!

Connect to yourself and your heart chakra at this moment.

What is the felt sense of your heart center today?

Does it feel warm and light? Or maybe cold and dark? There is no wrong way to feel.

Think of the last time you were able to forgive. Was it recent? Was it easy?

Do you feel the heart chakra opening? Do you feel a blockage? Do you feel nothing? Any answer is acceptable.

Consider the prompts and then close your eyes and begin deep breathing.

Breathe into your heart center.

Heart chakra healing can only begin when you know where you are starting from. Tuning into your personal energy regularly is important if you want to experience chakra-opening symptoms.

What Is a Chakra Anyway? 

Chakras are portals to the energy flow within our being. They stack atop one another on the spine. Hindu and yogic traditions describe a system consisting of primarily seven chakras. I have this amazing FREE seven-day course – sign up here to explore the chakra system through your own direct experience.

The chakra system begins with the first chakra (root chakra), then the second sacral chakra. These two chakras are very personal and govern your basic needs. Third is the solar plexus chakra, fourth is the heart chakra, and fifth is the throat chakra. Here the chakras become more interpersonal. They govern energies that deal with the other humans we share the earth with.

The sixth chakra (third eye) and finally the seventh chakra the crown chakra regulate the transpersonal energies. Think: intuition and consciousness.

The middle of the seven chakras is the Heart chakra! It thrives on a stable foundation of the lower chakras. It is the bridge between the lower and the upper chakras.

Opening in the heart chakra will allow energy to flow better to the highest chakras and also for the energy from those higher chakras to flow back down to the lower chakras. Let’s find out how to open the heart chakra so you can get acquainted with your higher self.

What Is The Heart Chakra?

When you think of the heart, what do you think of? For me I usually think of love and the people I care about, and it may include some painful relationships as well. That’s what the fourth chakra is all about, your relationships with those around you.

The heart chakra is considered the center of emotional balance and harmony. It represents the openness, expansion, and breath of life. If the heart’s energy is open, fostering a loving attitude is easier than if you have a blocked heart chakra. This energy center will reflect the quality of the relationships in our lives, with others and also ourselves.

💚 Color: Green 💚

💚 Location: Within the rib cage 💚

💚 Element: Air (think of the lungs also in this area)💚

💚 Anahata chakra: Anahata translates to unstruck. Your heart chakra is incredibly resilient 💚

An illustration of Anahata Heart Chakra with descriptions

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Anahata chakra is often represented by the 12-petal lotus. Each petal for one of the divine blessings the heart chakra is capable of:

  1. bliss
  2. compassion
  3. clarity
  4. empathy
  5. forgiveness
  6. harmony
  7. kindness
  8. love
  9. peace
  10. purity
  11. understanding
  12. unity

With an open heart chakra, you can live in these qualities more often. Who doesn’t need more purity and understanding in their day-to-day?

The heart chakra is the fulcrum chakra, the bridge to the upper chakras. Below the root chakra, sacral chakra, and solar plexus chakra are all body-related. The throat chakra, third eye chakra, and crown chakra lead to your spiritual growth. The heart is that bridge between the physical connection of the lower chakras and the spiritual connection governed by the upper chakras.

Now that you know the basics let’s dive deep into what a blocked heart chakra looks like and then how heart chakra healing can open the energy flow.

Signs Of A Balanced Heart Chakra

Your spiritual health relies on chakra energy to flow freely. A balanced heart chakra will be loving and kind in all situations without expectations, demands, or limits. Even in many meaningful relationships, unconditional love is difficult to achieve. Don’t worry though as long as you are in healthy conscious relationships your heart chakra is within the balance range.

Besides freedom from toxic relationships, an open-heart chakra will bring you emotional well-being. Emotional energy can fluctuate with the moon cycles so some chakra imbalance is normal. With an open heart chakra, you will live with a better sense of control over your emotions and a deeper compassion for yourself and others.

The joys of an open heart chakra are plentiful – you will see it in your relationships and emotional reactions. In my 300/500 YTT program world renowned chakra expert Anodea Judith gives students an in-depth chakra education.

Emotional symptoms of a balanced heart chakra:

🟢 Your relationships are healthy(you can communicate and connect with others easefully)

🟢 Your experience joy, happiness, and balance

🟢 You feel free to have your feelings and let them flow

Physical symptoms of a balanced heart chakra:

🟢 You can take a full complete breath with ease

🟢 Heart rate is steady

🟢 Good/proper circulation

Let’s now find out how a heart chakra blockage might manifest in your life.

Signs Of An Imbalanced Heart Chakra

A heart chakra blockage can manifest itself as toxic relationships. These relationships may be toxic in the sense you are giving more than the other person, or you may be unwilling to commit to someone who is showing you true affection.

If you have a blocked heart chakra your emotional well-being may skew in opposite directions. Forgiveness may be difficult for you, which has repercussions on your mental health. To learn more about a blocked heart chakra check out this post!

Do you recognize that your heart chakra is blocked or imbalanced? Check out this EPIC conversation I had with Katie Silcox on how to love your [broken, dark and angry] self!!

Emotional symptoms of an imbalanced heart chakra:

🟢 Your relationships are toxic to your well being

🟢 Your heart is closed to new experiences

🟢 You don’t feel your feelings all the way

Physical symptoms of heart chakra imbalance:

🟢 Breathing is shallow

🟢 Heartburn or lung infection could impact your life force energy

🟢 Chest pain and shoulder tension

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Spiritual Practices for Heart Chakra Opening

To keep the heart chakra open, draw attention to the area and show devotion to the energy centers by practicing living in the present moment. My favorite ways to do this are:


I have this beautiful heart chakra-opening meditation you might enjoy. If you prefer to guide yourself in meditation use the opening mantra “Ahem Prema” which is “I am Divine Love” in Sanskrit.

Another choice for heart chakra opening is the seed sound “Yam.” Using this sound, focus on the green light of energy in your chest growing on each inhale. As you breathe this light larger and larger, feel a greater sense of inner peace and love in your heart.


Ustrasana camel pose

Movement is a fantastic way to get in touch with the subtle and physical body. Learn about my favorite meditation and yoga poses for an open heart chakra.

Check out this yoga flow I created for heart chakra opening:

YouTube video


Writing out your thoughts is an important step to spiritual growth. Writing words down and committing to them or maybe not and editing what you have come up with will allow your thoughts to fully form. A consistent journal practice will create a heightened awareness of the natural world around you.

If journaling is new for you or you’re looking for some inspiration in this department – check out my beautiful abundance journal.

Essential oils

The two most common smells used for the heart chakra opening are:

  1. Rose – It is associated with love, compassion, and emotional healing. It makes sense to call upon this scent to facilitate an open-heart chakra.
  2. Lavender – This emotional balancing is the next best heart chakra-opening scent. Its scent is known to be calming and soothing. It will also stimulate the throat chakra, third eye chakra, and crown chakra. BONUS!!


Self-love can be cultivated by an affirmation practice. Affirmations create new neural networks in the brain. The more often the idea is repeated the deeper the groove in the brain. Check out these heart chakra affirmations.

Heart Chakra Opening Symptoms

Heart chakra opening is unique to every person. You may be someone who notices a sudden and profound shift in your emotional well-being. You may be someone who notices some tingling over weeks and the shift in your emotions may be subtle. Every spiritual awakening looks different, you may notice all these symptoms or none but with intention and practice your heart chakra opening is happening.

Physical Symptoms Of Heart Chakra Opening

💚Physical sensations you may notice when your heart chakra is opening is a full warm feeling🥰 in the chest.

💚You may notice that your deep breathing techniques become easier as your breath becomes longer💨.

💚As you work on heart chakra opening you may notice an increased heart rate💕 .

💚With this, you may become aware of improved circulation💞 .

Physical symptoms related to the heart chakra opening could also be real medical symptoms of your human body. If you feel any pain in any physical sensations, seek medical advice to be certain everything is A-okay.

Mental Symptoms Of Heart Chakra Opening

💚A heart chakra awakening will create a deeper sense of compassion for yourself and those around you.

💚When your heart chakra is opening, you can come to a deeper understanding of your past hurts, grieve and overcome them, and allow healing energy into your heart.

💚Forgiveness becomes accessible in a way you have never considered before.

FAQ About Heart Chakra Opening

What are the physical symptoms of heart chakra imbalance?

When your heart chakra is out of balance, it can manifest in a few physical ways. Some might experience chest pain, heart palpitations, or respiratory issues. Others might notice tension in their shoulders and upper back. It will vary from person to person, but these physical sensations are often signs of an imbalance in the heart chakra.

What does chakra opening feel like?

Opening your heart chakra is like stepping into a warm, loving embrace. It’s often described as a profound feeling of love, compassion, and emotional healing. You might notice increased empathy, a deep sense of connection with others, and a general sense of well-being. For some, it’s like a weight has been lifted, and they feel more in tune with themselves and the world around them.

What is an emotional blockage of heart chakra?

An emotional blockage in the heart chakra can be tough. It can feel like a wall around your heart, which makes giving or receiving love challenging. You might struggle with self-love, find forgiveness difficult, and feel disconnected from others. It’s a bit like carrying around emotional baggage that’s weighing you down.

What opens the heart chakra?

Various practices can help open the heart chakra. Meditation, especially heart-centered or loving-kindness meditation, is a great way to start. Yoga, particularly heart-opening poses, can do wonders. Surrounding yourself with the color green or using essential oils like rose or lavender can help too. And don’t forget about acts of kindness, both to yourself and others – they can get that heart chakra flowing!

Final Thoughts 

The heart chakra is such a beautiful and important aspect of your emotional and spiritual well-being. It is the center of love and compassion within us. It’s what helps your interpersonal relationships thrive. When it’s balanced and open, an incredible sense of connection with yourself and others. Life just seems to flow more smoothly.

But, like everything in life, it’s not always perfectly in balance. Sometimes, our heart chakra gets a little stuck, and we might notice it in our emotions, how we relate to others or even physical sensations. The good news is there are plenty of ways to help it open up and balance out. Meditation, yoga, and simple acts of kindness can all make a big difference.

Self-love and self-compassion are often the keys to keeping our heart chakra in harmony.

Ahem Prema, You are Divine Love – never forget!

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