The fourth element is the element of air. In the body, air is expressed as motion and life, through this element our blood circulates, our breath moves, and our thoughts flow. Air is the source behind all motion.
Each of these states has its determinants in any facet of our bodies and emotions. For example, in our circulation, it is not good when overflowing but also not when flowing too slowly it must stay within the balance between the two, and completely detrimental when fully blocked.
To have control over air can be achieved through steady daily routines, that maintain the air tattva in a balance. This is because it keeps us in a constant motion instead of the spastic and chaotic motion it usually follows. Emotionally, the highest form of the air element is surrender and this requires faith. When surrendered to higher consciousness, this leads to a faith in the self and divine and allows the air to flow freely in our body.
Lack of air element may cause you to feel sluggish or lazy. Bitter flavor food in our diet increases the influence of air the most.
Thus when you are feeling stuck or need that extra boost, bitter foods are excellent! However, when there is too much air, we have too much motion that results in a loss of stability. Like all things, balance is required.
The chakra associated with the air element is the heart chakra (fourth chakra). Therefore, keeping the air tattva in balance is essential to keep your fourth chakra flowing. The heart chakra is related to compassion and love. Thus, when this chakra is flowing, we live a life of kindness and forgiveness to ourselves and others. From this, you will live in harmony within yourself and with your surroundings and you will feel the love form the infinite. When this happens, you will feel like you are soaring through the sky like the wind.