The throat chakra, also known as Vishuddha, is your center for communication. You may want to clear and align your throat chakra if it’s difficult for you to express yourself, formulate ideas, or even figure out what you think about something. This chakra helps you sort your thoughts and ideas and arrange them articulately.
But, before we go any further, let me explain chakras. Perhaps you’ve seen a picture of a seated person with a rainbow of dots up their spine to their forehead. These are the chakras. Although some people may argue that there are more than 7 chakras, everyone agrees that there are at least 7. See the picture below for the approximate location of the chakras.
In English, chakra translates to “wheel.” All of these “wheels” work together to transfer energy, thoughts, feelings, and impulses through your body. The chakras are truly a complex system. To truly understand each of them and how they work would require study far above and beyond what this article offers.
Chakras are first mentioned in 200 B.C. in Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Despite the large quantity of years to study the chakras, it hasn’t been until relatively recently that scientific studies have started to validate the ancient claims. (Here’s a link to “Scientists Quantify and Graphically Chart Alignment of Human Chakras in Various Emotional States” if you’re interested in reading more on that.)
Since we all have 7 chakras, each chakra is important to us for various reasons. We may not universally feel each chakra in the same way. For example, if a friend and I both have our throat chakras misaligned, we may experience different feelings and thoughts. However, we can participate in the same throat chakra-aligning practice and both receive benefit in our respective areas.
Throat Chakra Attributes
Each chakra has its own attributes and associations. Here is a quick breakdown of the throat chakra.
- Color: Blue
- Element: Sound
- Sense: Hearing
- Location: Base of the throat
- Functions: Communication, Creativity, Self-expression, Grace
Signs of Throat Chakra Imbalance
According to www.chakras.info,
“The Throat chakra is about the expression of yourself: Your truth, purpose in life, creativity. Note that this chakra has a natural connection with the second chakra or sacral chakra, center of emotions and creativity as well. The throat chakra’s emphasis is on expressing and projecting the creativity into the world according to its perfect form or authenticity.
Another function of the throat chakra is to connect you to spirit. Because of its location, it’s often seen as the ‘bottleneck’ of the movement of energy in the body. It sits just before the upper chakras of the head. Opening the throat chakra can greatly help align your vision with reality and release pressure that may affect the heart chakra that is located just below.”
You may want to balance your throat chakra if you feel:
- verbally overactive by talking too much or gossiping.
- a lack of connection to your purpose in life.
Throat Chakra Balancing
Given the location and purpose of the throat chakra, it’s no surprise that breath work is beneficial for balancing it. According to Mark Stephens in Yoga Sequencing, “Simhasana (Lion’s Breath Pose), ujjayi pranayama, bahya kumbhaka (retention of the exhalation), and jalandhara bandha (throat lock) bring even greater awareness of vishuddha chakra energy and an opening to feeling the emergence of clearer consciousness.”
Additionally, you should practice any poses that bring additional awareness to the throat and neck. For example, try Plow pose (Halasana), Fish pose (Matsyasana), and Supported shoulder stand (Salamba sarvangasana).
If you’re wanting a specific practice to balance your solar plexus chakra, I recommend reading Yoga Sequencing by Mark Stephens. This book contains many sequences, not just those that pertain to balancing the chakras, and information about how to construct your own yoga sequences.
I also really enjoy the Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students by Integrative Yoga Therapy. This is a binder of laminated pages that thoroughly explain many basic yoga poses. I like practicing yoga with these pages because the activated chakras are illustrated for each pose. This makes it much easier to create a chakra specific sequence on your own.
How do you prefer to balance your throat chakra? Let us know in the comments below.
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