There are seven major chakras in the internal system of the human body that align the flow of our prana (energy). If one of the chakras is imbalanced, it can cause illness or disease. Yoga, meditation, and mantras can assist with chakra imbalances and blockages.
The Throat Chakra is associated with our ability to speak our truth and be authentic.
The gift of this chakra is accepting your originality, expressing your authentic voice and speaking your truth and its color is blue.
The main challenge for the fifth chakra is doubt and negative thinking. When you gain and verify your knowledge through meditation and direct experience, then doubt and negativity are removed.
The “way of the Throat Chakra” is the way of inspired creativity, seeking and sharing of the truth.
It is the way of standing up for what you believe, saying no when you need to, and being open and honest in what you say.
The fifth chakra is linked directly to your personal integrity and a sense of honor.
As a communication center, it not only allows you to express who you are and what you stand for but also allows you to listen deeply to another.
A person with an open Visuddha chakra is a good listener, she enables another person to have the experience of being heard – one of the most profound human needs.
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Association of Throat Chakra
|Petals of the lotus||Sixteen|
|Endocrine gland||Thyroid and Parathyroid gland|
|Adi Mantra||Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo|
|Yoga Poses||Sarvangasana, Matsyasana, Halasana, Simhasana|
|Essential oils||Frankincense, Ylang-ylang, Sandalwood, Rose, Jasmine, Neroli|
|Tantric Name||Vishuddha, Kanth Padma, Shodash Dala|
|Developmental stage||7 -12 years|
|Physical association||Throat, ears, mouth, shoulders, and neck|
|Plane||The human plane, where the dark night of soul ends|
|Animal||Elephant, bull, lion|
|Body Parts||Thyroid, Esophagus, Tooth, Cervical vertebrae, MORE|
What is it like when the Throat Chakra is out of balance?
When our throat chakra is out of balance it most likely will show up in our self-expression and communication.
If our throat chakra is excessive a person may exhibit inappropriate talk, interruptions or talking too much or over others. Talking is used as a defense and these people have trouble listening or hearing others. Someone with an excessive throat chakra may participate in gossip, have a stutter or excessive loudness in their voice. They tend to have trouble or an inability to keep confidences and secrets.
A person with a deficient throat chakra will have a hard time communicating in general. They often have fear around speaking or speak with a small or weak voice. This person may refer to themselves as shy or an introvert and have difficulty putting things into words. They may be more secretive and private.
Physically, an imbalanced throat chakra shows up as disorders of the throat, ears, voice or neck. Also, tightness of the jaw and or toxicity in the body (due to a lack of purification within the body, the chakra’s name) can be signs of imbalance.
What does it look when the Throat Chakra is in balance?
A person whose throat chakra is open and balanced exhibits clear communication lives creatively has a good sense of timing, rhythm and resonant voice, is a good listener and is able to connect through honest and open communication. This person speaks authentically and speaks to their truth in all circumstances. Physically, they show up as calm, have relaxed nerves and are open in their shoulders, neck, and jaw.
What poses awaken the Throat Chakra?
Throat opening and compression postures will assist in balancing the fifth chakra. Examples of throat opening postures include Matsyasana (fish), Ustrasana(camel), standing backbends and Anahatasana (heart melting pose). Examples of throat compression postures which help to detoxify and purify the throat include shoulder stand, rabbit and forehand to knee postures.
In many yoga postures, you can add jalandhara bandha or “throat lock” by tucking your chin to your chest firmly and compressing the front of your throat. This energy lock is a great way to ignite and cleanse your throat chakra.
Lastly, adding chanting or an OM to your yoga practice is a great way to open and bring more throat chakra balancing to your yoga practice. Next time your teacher offers an OM or chanting in class, try it on to bring more of the Vishuddha energy into your practice!
What other practices heal the Throat Chakra?
These below practices, paired with a throat balancing yoga practice, can powerfully help balance your fifth chakra:
- Mantras – repeat any of these out loud or in your head
- HAM, pronounced “hAA-um”
- I hear and speak the truth.
- I express myself with clear intent.
- My voice is necessary.
- Foam rolling out shoulders and neck
- Chanting and singing
- Silence practice
- Voice release exercises
- Non-goal-oriented creative writing and journaling
Throat Chakra Affirmations
- I am open, clear, and honest in my communication.
- I have a right to speak my truth.
- I communicate my feelings with ease.
- I express myself creatively through speech, writing, or art.
- I have a strong will that lets me resolve my challenges.
- I nourish my spirit through creativity
- I live an authentic life
- I have integrity
- I love to share my experiences and wisdom. I know when it is time to listen.
- I express my gratitude towards life
- I listen to my body and my feelings to know what my truth is.
- I take good care of my physical body.
- I am at peace.