Names(s): Throat Chakra, Vishuddha
Location: Throat area, centre of the neck
About: The throat chakra is the fifth chakra located in our physical body. It governs our self expression, communication and ability to speak our truth. In addition, it is connected with authenticity, creativity and understanding. The throat chakra can impact our emotional honesty, whether we live an authentic life, how well we handle conflict or confrontation, the quality of our relationships, our ability to be heard and our awareness of our needs. Physically, this chakra is connected with the throat, mouth, jaw, thyroid, tongue, teeth and ears. The gift of this chakra is accepting our originality, expressing our authentic voice and speaking our truth. The energy of this chakra allows us to seek knowledge that is true, beyond limitations of time and space and beyond cultural and family conditioning.
Balanced Throat Chakra: When the throat chakra is balanced your words flow easily and you are able to communicate and express yourself with clarity. You are honest and truthful, yet firm. You are a good listener and allow others to express themselves to you without judgement. You speak up for yourself and express yourself through written and oral communication. You are patient and you are honest. When this chakra is balanced you live authentically, inspire others and attract what you want.
Blocked Throat Chakra: If your throat chakra is blocked you will lack control over your speech and have an excessive fear of speaking. You will fear being ridiculed and judged when you speak. In addition, you are a poor listener and have difficulty communicating your needs and your feelings. You will have a fear of public speaking, never speak up in situations, talk too much, stammer or stutter when speaking or be extremely shy. On the other end of the scale you will be prone to lying, idle gossip and criticising others. A blockage can initiate behaviors indicative of insecurity and a lack of control, such as manipulation, lying, arrogance, anxiety, fear, diminished self-esteem and compulsive or excessive eating.
Physically, you will have dental issues, mouth ulcers, chronic sore throat, frequent headaches, tension in your jaw or neck, thyroid imbalances, neck stiffness and cold symptoms. Emotionally, you will be stubborn, detached, aggressive, anxious and depressed.
Throat Chakra affirmation: I speak
Mantra: Ham (chant this during meditation)
Essential Oils: Oils for this chakra include basil, cypress, jasmine, rosemary, bergamot, chamomile, cypress, peppermint and spearmint. Use only pure, non-diluted oils. These pure oils can be consumed, diffused into the air to be inhaled, can be put on the body or bath water – but check that the oil you are about to use is safe to use with water first.
Food: The colours of the chakras are linked to the foods that they need so any foods that are blue in colour will help balance your heart chakra. These include blueberries, blackberries, eggplant, elderberries, purple cabbage, prunes, black currants, figs, purple grapes, plums and dragon fruit. Other foods that aid this chakra are cloves, lobella, echinacea, cinnamon and peppermint. In addition, make a conscious effort to drink more water throughout the day to cleanse the throat chakra and allow for a healthy energy flow.
Crystals: Many crystals emanate vibrations that parallel the chakras and each chakra has a corresponding crystal companion. For the heart chakra any blue crystals are good for this chakra. These include angelite, lapis lazuli, amazonite, aquamarine, azurite, turquoise, blue kyanite and sodalite. You can carry them around with you, have them around the house, put them next to your bed, wear them, put them under your pillow, meditate with them around you or whilst holding them.
Your surroundings: Surround your home with the color blue – e.g. blue artwork, blue flowers. Wear blue clothing, blue jewellery or jewellery with crystals above.
Exercises: The best yoga poses for this chakra are Baby Cobra pose (Bhujangasana), Shoulder stand (Salamba Sarvangasana), Camel pose (Ustrasana), Plow pose (Halasana), Fish pose (Matsyasana), Bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana), Legs up the wall (Viparita Kirani), Plow pose (Halasana) Upward Plank pose (Purvottanasana) and King Pigeon pose (Kapotasana).
Emotionally: Keep a journal and start recording your feelings about different situations regularly. Sing, hum and chant regularly to dispel blockages and to activate and bring balance to this chakra. Working through and releasing negative emotions including guilt, hurt, and resentment can work wonders to balance this chakra. This includes having a good cry. Talk openly and honestly with others on a regular basis. Painting, artwork, crafts and other creative activities can also help strengthen the throat chakra.
Healing affirmations: I speak up for myself. I express myself with clarity and confidence. When I speak, I do not back away from what is true. I express my gratitude towards life. I am aligned with my highest truth and communicate this with love and honour. I speak with love. I honor my inner voice. I have a right to speak my truth. It is safe for me to express myself. I will no longer hold on to what I want to say or express. I deserve to be heard. When I allow my voice to be heard, I encourage the light in someone else. My truth sets me free. I am safe, secure and loved. I speak my truth with clarity and conviction. I acknowledge the power of my word to create my own reality. I express my own reality. I am expressive.
Meditation: Sit down in a comfortable position, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth ten times. Starting from the top of your head, scan down the body and imagine your muscles relaxing as you let go, Picture a ball of blue energy sitting in your throat area and imagine it glowing. Visualise it getting bigger and bigger and allow that energy to flow through the rest of your body.