Definition of Chakra
The word chakra literally means 'wheel' or 'circle', but in the yogic context it is 'vortex' or 'whirlpool'. The chakras are vortices of pranic energy at specific areas in the body which control the circulation of prana permeating the entire human structure. Each chakra relate to specific areas of the brain, and in most people these psychic centres are inactive. Concentration on the chakras while performing yogic practices stimulates the flow of energy through the chakras and helps to Activate them. This in turn awakens the inactive areas in the brain and the corresponding faculties in the psychic and mental hoodies, allowing one to experience planes of consciousness which are normally inaccessible. The petals of the lotus, inscribed with the bija mantras or seed sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet, represents the different manifestations of psychic energy connected with the Chakras
About Anahata Chakra
Situated in the spine, behind the sternum, level with the heart, is anahata chakra. The word anahata literally means unstruck'. All sound in the manifested universe is produced by the striking together of two objects, which sets up vibration or sound waves. However, the primordial sound, which issues from beyond this material world, is the source of all sound and is known as anahad nada, the unstruck sound. The heart centre is where this sound manifests. It may be vibration, the pulse of the universe. chakra is symbolized by a blue lotus with twelve petals. centre of the lotus is a hexagon, formed by two interlacing triangles. This is the yantra of vayu tattwa, the air element. The bija mantra is yam. Anahata chakra is the centre associated the sense of touch (feeling), the hands (giving and taking), and emotions, ranging from the narrow attachments of jealousy unconditional love.