Vishuddha Chakra (Throat Chakra)

Vishuddha Chakra (Throat Chakra)

imagesMeaning: Purification
Location: Throat
Anatomy: Thyroid gland; organs of speech; muscles of facial expression, shoulder, radial border (thumb) of upper extremity; neck
Element: Sound
Association: Communication & creativity
Color: Blue
Sense: Hearing
Energy connection to the physical body: Throat, thyroid, trachea, esophagus, parathyroid, hypothalamus, neck vertebrae, mouth, jaw and teeth
Energy connection to the emotional/mental body: The fifth chakra resonates to the numerous emotional mental struggles involved in learning the nature of the power of choice
Symbolic/perceptual connection: The symbolic challenge of the willpower chakra is to t progress through the maturation of will: from the tribal perception that everyone and everything around has authority over you; through the perception that you alone have authority over you; to the final perception, that true authority comes from aligning yourself to God’s will
Primary fears: Fears related to our will power
Primary strengths: Faith, self-knowledge, and personal authority; the capacity to make decisions knowing that no matter what decision we make, we can keep our word to ourselves or to another person
Imagery: Harmony; vibration; sound; connection to universal wisdom; walking one’s talk; speaking one’s truth; self-expression
Affirmations: Expressing myself creatively feeds my soul; I have a right to speak my truth; Everything I do is an expression of love; I use my will to choose this day
Bija: HAM (sound eliminates from back of throat; no tongue involvement, closing lips for MMM vibrations)

throat chakra mudra

  • Cross your fingers on the inside of your hands
  • Touch the tips of the thumbs together and lift up
  • Concentrate on the throat chakra at the base of the throat
  • Chant Ham

Yoga Poses: Halasana (Plow pose); Sirsasana (Head stand); Setu Bandhasana (Bridge); Ustrasana (Camel pose); Lion’s breath;

In the fifth chakra, we learn to speak our truth. The fifth chakra is about true communication through sound, vibration, self-expression, and creativity. Mantra is born at the fifth chakra. In learning to honor our own truth, we begin to cultivate intuition. As we learn to listen to ourselves, we follow our own dharma, what is best for us, not what we were taught or what we think is expected of us.

Incorporating the Throat Chakra into Our Daily Life

  • Chant mantras- my favorite cd is Deva Premal’s Mantras for Precarious Times
  • Say no to something that you don’t want to do this week
  • Do something creative- paint, draw, knit, garden, play a musical instrument
  • Wrap a blue scarf around your throat for a day
  • Purify- Pancha karma is a way for yogis to internally purify their body; clean your house; sage
  • Spend a day in silence
  • Begin to speak your truth more often as an attempt to increase your intuition (the more you listen and trust yourself, the more you enhance your intuition)