The fourth chakra that's also referred to as the heart center, is located at the center of the chest and includes the heart, cardiac plexus, thymus gland, lungs, and breast bone. The Sanskrit word for the fourth chakra is Anahata, which means “unstruck” or “unhurt.” The name implies that beneath the hurts and grievances of past experiences lies a pure and spiritual place where no hurt exists. Signs of a balanced heart chakra: You’re flowing with love and compassion for yourself and others. Forgiveness, empathy, and acceptance are qualities that are easily accessible qualities. You’re open to giving and receiving the love that you know you deserve.
Signs of an imbalanced heart chakra: You’re unable to give and receive love easily. You may feel guarded or closed off to those who want to reach out to you; unwilling to let go of past hurt. You may experience feelings of grief, anger, jealousy, or fear of betrayal.
Poses that open the chest area will help to balance the heart chakra: Camel, standing bow pose, fish pose, bridge pose, or wheel pose.
A special mantra to help expand love and compassion is “OM MANI PADME HUM.” You can repeat this mantra in meditation to gain greater access to these qualities.