4th Chakra: ANAHATA

Heart Chakra

MEANING: “unstruck” or “unbeaten”
LOCATION: behind heart
KSHETRAM: center of the chest
COLOR: green / blue
TATTWA (ELEMENT): air (vayu)
KOSHA: manomaya
YANTRA: smoky/powder blue six-pointed star formed by two interlacing triangles
ANIMAL: black antelope (the symbol of alertness and compassion)
DEVI: Kali or Kakini
DEVA: Isha
NADA(INNER SOUND): sound of a deep bell
VOWEL SOUND: ay as in play
PHYSIOLOGICAL RELATIONSHIP: upper back, rib cage, heart and circulatory system, lungs and diaphragm, bronchial tubes, breasts, shoulders, arms, hands, skin
DHATU: blood
PSYCOLOGICAL RELATIONSHIP: self-love, unconditional love, devotion, trust, forgiveness, wisdom, stability, mental patience, social identity, emotional empowerment, issues of the soul
RIGHTS: to love and be loved
HUMAN TALENT: compassion
DEMON: grief, attachment
SPIRITUAL CHALLENGE: lessons related to love, forgiveness and compassion
DEFICIENT: antisocial, cold, shy, critical, judgmental, intolerant; loneliness, isolation, depression, withdrawal, fear of intimacy and relationships, narcissism, lack of hope, compassion, confidence; collapsed chest, bronchitis, pneumonia, hay fever, asthma, shortness of breath (can't take in love), colds
EXCESSIVE: demanding, overly sacrificing, possessive; jealousy, co-dependency, poor boundaries; heartburn (fire in the heart, using power instead of love).
OTHER PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTIONS: thoracic spine, upper back, shoulder and arms problems, disorders of the heart, lungs, thymus, breast; allergy, circulation problems, immune system deficiency
BALANCED: compassionate, loving, self-loving, empathetic, friendly, peaceful, optimistic, motivated, nurturing, outgoing, balanced; good immune system, feeling of completeness and wholeness
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: 3.5 to 7 years
LIFE PERIODS:  22-28 y.old, 72-78 y.old, as well as 4, 11, 18, 25, 32, 39, 46 y.old
GEMSTONES: emerald, jade, malachite, rose quartz, aventurine
ESSENTIAL OILS: rose, lavender, jasmine, bergamot, geranium, mandarin, melissa, tangerine, ylang ylang 
FOODS: Leafy vegetables (spinach, kale), air vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery); green teas; basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley


• HATHA YOGA PRACTICE: For deficient Anahata - cat bows and chest openers like Camel (Ushtrasana), Cobra (Bhujangasana), Fish (Matsyasana), Wheel (Chakrasana). For excessive Anahata - forward bends as Paschimottanasana (West Stretch). Arm and shoulder stretches like Cow Face (Gomukhasana), Eagle (Garudasana), Double Angle pose (Dwikonasana), One-armed Swastika pose (Eka Bhuja Swastikasana). Yogic breath, Bhramari and all pranayamas

• Breath awareness – at least 5-15 min a day
• Giving – help, donate, volunteer, hug, love
• Self-acceptance and self-esteem – make a list of all your “faults”, examine their origins, and forgive yourself for each of them. Make a list of what you need in order to change the negative traits. Write a letter to yourself as you might to your best friend (worries, wishes, achievements, etc). In 3 days write a reply from a very loving perspective addressing every point.
• Forgiveness – forgive others and ask for forgiveness
• Relationships – examine the balance between giving and taking in important relationships and try to balance it out. Relate to everyone you come in contact with, including people you dislike
• Swimming

• Sankalpa (choose one or formulate your own):
I am loving to myself and others.
I forgive and release the pains of my past, and I am free to love in the present.
My heart is open to give and receive love, freely and effortlessly.
I am lovable and people are happy to be with me.
My life is filled with possibility, wonder and delight.
I greet everyone with respect, openness, loving-kindness and compassion.



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