Throat Chakra - Visuddha
The Throat Chakra is the fifth chakra and it is the first of the higher or spiritual chakras. Visuddha is located in the region of neck and shoulders and its color is blue.
The gift of this chakra is accepting your originality, expressing your authentic voice and speaking your truth. Artistic expression and contentment in career are other ways that we experience throat chakra harmony. The energy of this chakra allows you to seek knowledge that is true, beyond limitations of time and space, beyond cultural and family conditioning.
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 throat chakra reflects integrity and honor: standing up for what you believe, saying no when you need to, and being open and honest in what you say.
As a communication center, it not only allows you to express who you are and what you stand for (ideas, beliefs, emotions) but also enables listening to another. A person with an open Visuddha chakra is a good listener, they allow others to have the experience of being heard - one of the most profound human needs.
Physical symptoms of a throat chakra imbalance include “lump in the throat”, laryngitis, sore throat, tonsillitis, dental issues, thrush, jaw stiffness (TMJ), earaches, ear infections, sinus infections, thyroid problems, arthritis in shoulders, sore shoulders or arms, neck stiffness, and general stress. Non-physical signs of blockage can be more prevalent. Among the more commons signs are: fear of speaking, inability to express thoughts, shyness, inconsistency in speech and actions, social anxiety, inhibited creativity, stubbornness, detachment, manipulativeness, lying, arrogance, anxiety, fear, diminished self-esteem, compulsive or excessive eating/drinking. Authentic expression is not something that comes easily. Here are some basic ways to balance Visuddha:
Positive 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 nourish my spirit through creativity. I have integrity. Use Your Voice: Chanting, singing, humming, and reading aloud are wonderful ways to open the fifth chakra. In fact, the mantra sound for this chakra is HUM. Surround Yourself with Blue: Wear blue clothes and jewelry, find blue in nature (the sky, the ocean), decorate with blue. Get a Massage: I always feel better after I get a wonderful neck and shoulder massage. If you really want a treat ask them to work on your ears as well! Reiki Therapy: A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch. Meditation: Imagine a beautiful blue light at the base of your throat. Inhale as you visualize blue light, exhale and feel the release of stress and tension. You might even find that you feel a cooling or warming sensation during the process— this is normal. Listen: Spend one day this month without speaking all day and discover what you can hear. Express Yourself: Dance, write, make music, design
At A Glance Sanskrit name: Visuddha Element: Ether or Air Color: Blue Sound: Hum Action: Listen, Speak Physical association: Throat, ears, mouth, shoulders, neck, thyroid and parathyroid glands, endocrine system Identity: Creative expression Developmental age: 7 -12 yrs Planet: Mercury Animal: Elephant Incense: Frankincense Herb: Chamomile
Sarvangasana Sarvangasana, the Sanskrit name for the shoulder stand, comes from the word "sarva", meaning whole. This Asana strengthens your entire body; it gives many of the benefits of the Headstand, but here the circulation is directed to your thyroid gland instead of the head.
Jalandhara Bandha It is performed by extending the neck and elevating the sternum (breastbone) before dropping the head so that the chin may rest on the chest. Meanwhile the tongue pushes up against the palate in the mouth.
Simhasana Pranayama Lion's Breath relieves tension and stress by stretching your entire face, including the jaw and tongue. Practicing Simhasana relaxes the muscles surrounding the throat chakra and allows for some creative expression :) Inhale through your nose. Exhale strongly through the mouth, making a "ha" sound. As you exhale, open your mouth wide and stick your tongue as far out as possible towards your chin. Look towards your third eye or the tip of your nose as you exhale. Inhale, returning to a neutral face. Repeat 4 to 6 times.