Fourth Chakra- Anahata
The fourth major chakra in the body is known as Anahata, or the Heart Chakra. It resonates to the color green and emotions of the heart. Think of the saying, “Green with envy.”
When open and balanced, the heart chakra allows love, including self-love, compassion, empathy and kindness. It links the lower three chakras with the upper three chakras, thus it is sometimes referred to as the physical and spiritual center of the body. It brings together body and mind, heaven and earth.
Located in the center of the chest, Anahata governs the lungs, heart, thymus, arms and hands.
The element of the heart chakra is air. Being outside in nature and breathing in fresh air is nourishing for this chakra.
When the heart chakra is out of balance we might experience a feeling of overwhelming loneliness, high blood pressure and angina. We will find ourselves clenching our fists, and wanting to be isolated.
To bring the heart chakra into balance, eat plenty of fresh vegetables. Burn incense or oils of rose, lily of the valley, carnation, or melissa. Carry or wear rose quartz, emerald, peridot, jade or moonstone. Light candles, do some deep breathing, and surround yourself with supportive friends.
Animals that are associated with the heart chakra are dove and deer. Both invoke kindness, peace, and gentleness.
Positive Archetype : Lover
Negative Archetype: Performer
A good yoga pose for the heart chakra is the Cat pose.
Begin on your hands and knees, making sure your knees are aligned directly below your hips, and your wrist, elbows and shoulders are in line, perpendicular to the floor. Your head is in neutral position with a soft gaze to the floor.
Inhale, and then as you exhale, round your spine toward the ceiling while keeping shoulders and knees in position. Allow your head to drop to the floor but don’t force your chin to your chest. Let it be a natural release.
Inhale as you come back to starting position.
Repeat eight times.
*Please note, if you are not an active yoga practitioner, check with your physician before starting yoga if you have any health issues, neck or back issues, or joint problems.