• Barbara Newman

February: Heart Chakra 2021

February is being dedicated to the heart chakra, Anahata because there are celebrations this month that are associated with the heart. The heart chakra is the fourth chakra located at the level of the heart and lungs. Here it connects you to unconditional love, compassion and joy. Here we find truths that cannot be put into words. Anahata is Sanskrit and means unhurt. The heart chakra is where the physical and spiritual meet. The name suggests that beneath hurt lies a place where only love exists.

February has several holidays that relate to this place of love and compassion. It is heart month for the American Heart Association, a time to focus on taking care of your heart both physically and emotionally. Blending good nutrition with exercise can lead to heart health. Add in yoga and you have emotional health. Yogis often think of February as a time to focus on self-love and self-care. Valentine’s Day celebrates love of a special person in your life as well as family and friends. Presidents’ Day honors the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln but is also observed as a day to celebrate all U. S. presidents. Black history month is a tribute to African Americans who have made significant contributions. These holidays and observances have an underlying theme of love, compassion and joy.

The heart chakra is represented by the element of air. Both air and love are all around us. Enjoy February. Smile even if you don’t feel like it. Forgive and move on. Tell family you love them. Give positive feedback to family and friends. Cultivate positive thoughts about others and yourself. Whatever you give to others will come back to you.

Enhance your yoga practice with heart opening poses, such as cobra, camel, cow, puppy and bridge. Lift up your heart, heal and fill yourself with love, compassion and joy. Anahata is depicted as the color green or pink. Some crystals associated with the heart chakra are emerald, green jade and rose quartz. Wear these colors and crystals. Eat food with these colors, such as green vegetables, kiwi fruit and watermelon. Paint these colors as you create art. Notice heart shapes in the clouds, food, where you least expect to see them. Be aware of unconditional love moving through you and toward others this February 2021.

Happy Heart Month!

Barbara Newman 2/5/2021

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