Chakra 5: Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
|What it controls:||Communication, self-expression and truth|
|Colour:||Light blue or turquoise|
|Element:||Sound or music|
|Stone:||Aquamarine or other blue gemstones|
|When it develops:||29-35 years old|
|Mantra:||“I speak my truth, always” or “I express myself clearly and with ease” or “My voice matters”|
|Yoga Poses:||Sphinx, Cobra, Lion Breath, Camel or Fish|
Have you ever been too afraid to speak up? Do you sometimes feel misunderstood? Have you found yourself screaming at another person but felt like that person couldn’t hear you? These are common experiences associated with an imbalanced throat chakra. Someone with a blocked throat chakra will feel like they have trouble finding the words to say how they truly feel. Physically, it may show as neck pain, an ailment of the throat, a thyroid condition, laryngitis or acid reflux. Even a simple cough can indicate an energetic imbalance. It is your body’s way of trying to clear this energy spot. While medications or dietary changes can be very supportive to physical ailments, understanding the role of the throat chakra is essential to bring full relief.
The throat chakra relies on a healthy foundation in the lower chakras of root, sacral, solar plexus and heart. It can then give voice to the heart chakra and allow us to express ourselves truly and clearly. When the throat chakra is open, there are no misunderstandings or missed connections. This is why it is so important to work through the shadows of the lower chakras before attempting to open the throat. We cannot communicate a truth that we have not yet discovered.
So many of us struggle to create the lives we want. We are certain we know what we want and often know how to get there, yet we just cannot seem to make it happen. Sometimes a romantic partner is not the right match and each time you say “I love you” to that person, the throat chakra suffers. When people are truly honest with themselves, they discover the life they are attempting to create is not the one they truly want.
When we express ourselves authentically, with intention and with the appropriate language, however, the throat chakra opens and clears the way with great precision. If you suspect your throat chakra is blocked, try adding the following practices to your daily routine:
- Share your thoughts: Share your goals and dreams with a friend. As you speak, become aware of your language choices as the words you use may be acting as obstacles. Notice where you are saying, “I can’t,” “I haven’t,” “I am not.” Every time you make a statement that does not reflect your goals as a reality, correct yourself. Use positive affirmations that support your life goals.
- Express yourself: Stand up for yourself and others. Say what needs to be said and clear the air. Start a blog or a journalling practice.
- Emotional: Singing even if it is only in the shower is greta therapy to open the throat chakra. It can also bring up a lot of emotions though so start by singing and dancing along to happy songs at home. As you become more comfortable, share your singing in public while walking down the street or sing to your family and friends. Explore songs that cover a wide range of emotions and notice the words and the memories or thoughts that come up.
- Physical: Wear blue, the colour associated with the throat chakra, to open your communication channel. Try yoga poses that open up the throat chakra such as Cobra, Lion Breath, Camel and Fish. Neck Release: When the neck is stiff, the energy channels in the neck area are under pressure. Releasing the tension will automatically release pressure from the neck, thereby giving space to the throat chakra. Cat/Cow: This movement of contraction and release of the spine and neck loosens up the tight muscles of the area and allows the chakra to expand. Move slowly and flow with each and every breath. Lion Pose: Strengthening the muscles of the throat, neck, chest and face, the pose clears any form of blockages in the throat chakra and gives you confidence to freely express yourself. Roar like a lion. Camel Pose: a strong asana that opens up your chest and throat area. This pose works on opening the heart and the throat chakras. Plough Pose: By compressing the throat chakra, the pose squeezes out all negativity and opens the back of the neck. This action also stimulates the thyroid gland and is great for treating any major ailments due to an imbalanced throat chakra.
I hope that you find this useful. I find the throat chakra particularly pertinent to me given what I have experienced both physically and mentally over the last five years and my chakra training has helped me immensely to move on.