• The Beauty Of The Heart

    “I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self-respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.”

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    February is Heart Month for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. February is also a time for lovers to go to great lengths to show their love to special people in their lives.

    But are you not feeling this love for yourself because you feel that you are not beautiful enough? And is your self-love conditional on getting this or that facial or body feature modified?

    Then the root of your problem may have less do about your physical body and your facial features, and more to do with an unbalanced or weak heart chakra.

    Yoga Instructor, Devjeet Kaur, has classes in strengthening the heart chakra. It is through her that I learned that “the heart chakra influences our ability to love but, undeveloped, can have us live in fear. This fear can cause us to feel lacking or undeserving. The heart chakra is between our heaven and earth. The three chakras below influence our relationship with our physical world and the three above influence our spiritual development.”

    But your sense of beauty emotionally is not the only benefit of a balanced heart chakra-it also has the ability to physically change your appearance. This occurs because the heart chakra greatly affects the function of your heart and lungs.

    Fundamentally, your physical beauty is greatly dependent on the efficient functioning of these two organs. Regardless of cultural preferences of facial features, we all recognize the beauty emanating from lustrous hair, gleaming eyes and a clear complexion. The appearance of your skin, hair and eyes is directly altered by the quality of your blood and lymph’s. And they, in turn, are greatly impacted by the state of the heart and lungs.

    In my (Jean’s) Tonic article coming out this month (Feb 2014), Devjeet Kaur, gave us advice on how to open up our heart chakra. She is presently including heart chakra strengthening in her “KUNDALINI YOGA FOR FUN & LIGHTHEARTEDNESS” classes.

    There are even more benefits: by strengthening your heart chakra, you give an important boost to your immune system, making it stronger. As Devjeet advises,” The thymus is the gland responsible for the immune system. A person with a block in Anahata (heart chakra) may be prone to many illnesses and have more difficulty healing and/or recovering.”

    Read more about the Chakras on Devvjeet’s site

    Look for Jean’s article coming out this month in TONIC MAGAZINE

    A list of her yoga classes on strengthening the heart can be found at http://bit.ly/1fnzDKD

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