Anahata

Anahata symbolizes for me the journey from the head to the heart or the integration of mind and body through the heart. It is about finding ways to connect to the deepest longings of our heart: the longing to be happy, to experience love, fulfillment, joy, connection and integration, the longing to know ourselves and why we are here. This journey involves acknowledging and embracing all aspects of ourselves so that we can in turn connect more fully with others.
Glyph copy1Anahata means ‘unstruck sound ’ or ‘Shabda Brahman‘ (cosmic sound) in Sanskrit and is that primordial vibration or sacred tremor, which according to Kashmiri Shaivism is said to underlie all of existence. In the Indian system of chakras or energy centres, Anahata is the name given to the heart chakra. It is regarded as the centre of Consciousness (jivatma) in man and therefore it is said to be the best place to concentrate on in meditational practises. In the symbology, Anahata is depicted by two triangles in the middle. The upward facing triangle symbolising ‘Shiva ‘ or ‘consciousness‘ and the downward facing one, ‘Shakti ‘ or the power of manifestation, the creator of limitation and individuality. At the level of Anahata there is the perfect balance between these two aspects of existence (Spirit and Form). It is the midpoint between the more mundane levels of existence of the lower chakras and the transcendental levels of the higher ones. It is where we begin to feel devotion, understand the significance of service to others and the meaning of unconditional love and acceptance.

In Chinese medicine, the Shen or ‘consciousness’ (Spirit) is housed or anchored in the heart. When the Shen is not firmly anchored, we can become disconnected, manic, delirious. Many traditions have placed an emphasis on living from a heart-centered place.

IMGP0518My intention, through the healing art of Shiatsu and through massage is to create a safe space for a person to relax deeply and to be met and witnessed non-judgementally. They may then reveal areas that need nourishing and attention in themselves and may also access their own healing power. I feel that respectful and positive touch is an incredibly powerful healing tool.

My bodywork comes from a place of centredness in Being, I see it as a meditative practice, which involves an exploration and a dialogue or dance between two people. This dialogue is unique and constantly changing in the same way that life is in a constant state of flux.

My intention, through the teaching of yoga, is to facilitate a process of developing self-awareness and greater connection to the most intimate aspect of our being. It is to inspire students to develop kindness and acceptance towards themselves. It is also about building strength and flexibility in the body, improving posture and the functioning of all the bodily systems. In addition it is about uncovering states of peace, relaxation, clarity, joy.

An understanding of nutrition and how our amazing human body works helps us to develop a deeper respect for it and desire to support it to function to its optimum so that we can really thrive in life.

Love is our true essence. Love has no limitations of caste, religion, race or nationality. We are all beads strung together on the same thread of love.”- Amma