The Heart Chakra

Location: The center of the chest, encapsulating the heart, the thymus gland (which plays a vital role in your endocrine and lymphatic system), the lungs, and the breasts.

What it is: As the central chakra, the fourth (or Anahata) chakra represents where the physical and the spiritual meet, according to the Chopra Center. And as its name implies, is all about the love. “It’s the awakening to spiritual awareness, forgiveness, and service,” says Olivia. It’s believed that when your heart chakra is aligned and balanced, love and compassion are flowing freely—both in terms of giving it out and getting it back. “Your good vibes are practically contagious”.

When it’s blocked: A closed heart chakra can give way to grief, anger, jealousy, fear of betrayal, and hatred toward yourself and others.”When underactive, we may be emotionally closed off, and find it difficult to get over past hurts and forgive,” says Kavanagh. “As a result, it could become hard to give and receive love, which will have a knock on effect on our relationships.”