Chakra, a Sanskrit word meaning 'disk', or 'wheel', refers to energy centers in the body. Chakra philosophy is based on the belief that the body has seven energy wheels, which channel energy from the crown of the head, and running down to the base of the spine. When these seven wheels are spinning harmoniously, energy flows freely within our body. However, when any of the chakras become blocked, especially the critical heart chakra, it affects our well being in a critical manner.
This fourth chakra, called Anahata, is located at the heart, and is associated with unconditional love, and compassion. When this chakra is open, and in alignment, it allows us to love, be loved, live with joy, and feel connected to the people around us, and to the world. Challenges which come along our path are resolved with open mindedness, and flow right through us, achieving resolution with ease, instead of strife.
If Anahata is blocked, the result can contribute to physical ailments and disease. The heart chakra directly affects the lungs, the hands, the heart, and can lead to poor circulation, improper blood pressure, and other serious issues. These ailments then also affect mental health and stability.
By taking certain proactive measures to keep the energy flowing freely throughout the body, and maintaining the alignment of energy, we can protect our heart. Daily heart opening stretches and exercises are one important step towards an open and healthy heart. Another step is knowing and understanding your own body, and realizing when it is out of alignment. Become aware of this energy flow and take steps to keep your energy flowing freely.