The Sanskrit name for the 4th chakra is “Anahata.” This word means “unstruck” or “stillness.” This seems to imply that deep beneath our brokenness and pain, wholeness abides.
The 4th chakra is located in our heart center. It governs our intuition and love. It is also known as the heart chakra.
Glands/organs/parts of the body associated with the 4th chakra:
The primary color for the 4th chakra is green and the secondary color is pink.
The element for the 4th chakra is air. Pranayama practice helps to balance this chakra.
The sense for the 4th chakra is touch, feeling, clairsentient.
The emotion of the heart chakra is compassion and joy. The 4th chakra feels the suffering of others.
The foods for this chakra are air, vegetables (especially green ones), and love.
When the 4th chakra is deficient, you may experience feelings of shyness and loneliness, an inability to forgive or a lack of empathy. Physical conditions can include shallow breathing, asthma, and some lung diseases.
When the 4th chakra is excessive one may experience co-dependency, possessiveness, jealousy, heart problems and high blood pressure.
In yoga, poses that stimulate the 4th chakra are backward bends (anything that opens the chest). A powerful way to energize this chakra is to love ourselves and others.