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Struggling for self-expression or effective communication? Understand and Balance your Throat Chakra

Namaste, Hope you all are doing well on your journey of healing. In the last articles, we read about four major Chakras among the seven, their functionality, blockages, and healing methods. In this article, we will try to understand the fifth chakra, its functionality, and its healing methods. To start with, the fifth Chakra is called ‘Throat Chakra’ or ‘Vishuddha Chakra’. In Sanskrit, Vishuddha means “especially pure”. As the throat chakra governs the mouth, tongue, and neck, it relates to communication and our ability to understand and speak our inner truth. The fifth chakra, Vishuddha, is the first of the three spiritual chakras. In the area of the throat, it governs the anatomical regions of the thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, tongue, and larynx. To be open and aligned in the fifth chakra is to speak, listen, and express yourself from a higher form of communication. The Throat Chakra is connected to the way we express our life with utmost authenticity. It is about communicating our thoughts, feelings, and intentions clearly and accurately. The throat chakra, also known as the Vishuddha, is the place where we work on expanding our voice and the power of will.

Throat Chakra Information:

 

  • Physical Location: The region of the throat, jaw, neck, mouth, and thyroid
  • Color: Blue
  • Element: Akasha/Ether/Space
  • Mythological Animal: White Elephant
  • Seed Mantra: Ham
  • Yoga Mudra: Vishuddha Mudra
  • Symbol: It is depicted as a lotus with sixteen petals. It contains a downward-facing triangle surrounding a circle (representing ‘aether’ or quintessence).

 

The throat chakra corresponds to the element of ether: space that forms the essence of emptiness. Our true selves exist in the space between the clutter of constant thoughts and emotions through meditation. In the calmness, we find the subtle element of ether and reconnect to the throat chakra. The gland associated with the fifth chakra is the thyroid, which regulates the processing of energy in the body through temperature, growth, and in large parts, metabolism. The Vishuddha chakra bridges the heart and the mind. When that space is clear, it integrates the wisdom of both, allowing profound spiritual truths to flow freely. You will be able to effectively communicate your needs, desires, creative ideas, boundaries, empathy, and love. Symbolically, the fifth chakra is where we move from our physical self and our individualization to our higher consciousness of love, intuition, and spirituality. The lower the chakras govern our survival, creativity, and personal power or our aspects related to “me” while our upper three chakras are associated with truth, intuition, boundlessness, and enlightenment or our aspects related to “we.” It is said that through the bridge of the fifth chakra, with love and compassion, we as human beings move from a state of “me” to “we” or from individual to collective. Many offer that the fifth chakra is where enlightenment begins.

 

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 introverted 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 can be signs of imbalance. 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.

 

How to Heal or Balance Throat Chakra:

 

  • Talk openly with close friends and family. Make it a point to be open and honest with all you say. Simply speaking in a heartfelt way can work wonders to strengthen and balance the throat chakra. As the chakra of self-expression, singing can help dispel blockages, activate, and balance the fifth chakra. If you are too shy, humming is also an option. Just be sure to get those vocal cords vibrating with sound.

 

  • Using chakra colors to support or stimulate the fifth chakra opens up a whole array of possibilities. For example, incorporating the color blue into your decor at home and work is a nice, subtle way to bring focus to the throat chakra. The calming effect of this color of wisdom and honesty can help open up and heal a blocked fifth chakra. Wearing precious or semi-precious blue stones is a great boost for chakra healing and balance. Meditating on the color blue also helps alleviate throat chakra imbalance.

 

  • Meditation plays an important role in restoring balance to your chakras. Chakra meditation techniques are similar to traditional meditation techniques but focus on a specific area of the body. Below is a simple meditation technique to aid in balancing your heart chakra.

 

Sit with your shoulders back and spine straight. Keep your hands in Vishuddha Mudra, relax your muscles as you close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth.

 

Focus your attention on the location of your Throat chakra: the center of your neck at the pit of your throat.

 

Since the Throat chakra is tied to the color of Blue, imagine a Blue glow at the center of your throat, slowly expanding throughout your neck and making the whole area warm and relaxed. 

 

Once you are relaxed start chanting the HAM sound with each exhale, you can also play the Seed Mantra sound in the background while you meditate, do it for a few minutes, and then slowly open your eyes.

 

  • Each chakra is influenced by unique stones and their energetic properties. The Throat chakra is highly influenced by Aquamarine, as its name suggests, shares the qualities of water. The crystal energy of Aquamarine acts like waves of water, washing away and clearing blockages and trapped emotions within Vishuddha Chakra and rebalancing the natural flow of the Throat energies. Blue Calcite is another excellent choice for this chakra and is wonderfully aligned to Vishuddha and the purpose of honest and truthful communication. Turquoise — Blue, green-blue — Semi-precious — Used to stimulate and balance. Dispels negativity and restores confidence to speak and express one’s thoughts effectively. Blue Chalcedony is one of the throat chakra crystals that is wonderful for enabling our communication of emotion. Blue Lace Agate improves communication on all levels whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. Its gentle energy balances our Throat Chakra. 

 

  • Yoga-asana is another effective method for chakra balancing there are specific yoga poses for each chakra. Yoga poses for Throat chakra are:

 

  • Ustrasana | Camel pose
  • Halasana | Plow Pose
  • Setu Bandha Sarvangasana | Bridge Pose
  • Matsyasana | Fish 
  • Uttanasana | Standing Forward Bend

 

  • Eating more fruits can help to balance the throat chakra, add apples, peaches, lemons, and limes to your diet to cleanse and activate the throat chakra.

 

  • At-home aromatherapy can help dispel negativity and restore balance to the chakras. Consider introducing one or a combination of these scents to heal and activate your fifth energy center. Essential oils like Jasmine, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Calendula, and Ylang Ylang are commonly used to heal or balance the Throat chakra. 

 

  • Alternative healing therapies can also help to align and bring balance to the Throat chakra. Reiki healing is one of the effective methods of Chakra healing. You can avail a Reiki healing session in person or a distance healing session for the same.

 

  • The repetition of affirmations sets the intention to break old patterns and create new ones. To open the throat chakra, repeat affirmations that relate to authenticity and open communication. Here are some examples:

 

  • I communicate confidently and with ease.
  • I feel comfortable speaking my mind.
  • I am balanced in speaking and listening.
  • I am an active listener.
  • I speak my true thoughts with ease.
  • I set clear boundaries.
  • I communicate well in all areas of my life.
  • I listen and I am listened to.
  • I am open to communicating.
  • I always express myself with integrity.
  • My voice is clear and I am heard.
  • I communicate my highest truth.
  • I allow myself to speak up.

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