The chakra system is the healing force within us. When it flows, we flow. Until I started venturing down the yogic path I never understood how much more there is to us beyond our physical body. I certainly had no idea that a massive energetic block in something called the Throat Chakra was at the root of many of my issues in life.
Think of the chakra system as an energetic connection flowing between mind, body and soul. When all channels are open and clear the energy flows, bringing us to a state of harmony within. When we interact with the world from balance, we sow seeds of harmony, love and compassion. We no longer live in anger and fear.
Here, we will explore and discuss the fourth major chakra—the Vishuddha or the Throat Chakra. This is the center of hearing, speaking and inner truth.
The energy of the Throat Chakra is one of language, rather than emotions. The Throat Chakra is located at throat and it encompasses the mouth, jaw, throat and ears. Its color is blue, and this is our link to expression and truth. It serves as the bridge between soul and mind. Therefore it is so important to work with this energy in order to find a balance between these, as too much intellect/ego causes harm, while too much soul sets us up for victimization and air-headedness.
“At the base of the throat is the Vishuddha Chakra, where the goddess of speech resides.”
~ Sir John Woodroffe, The Serpent Power
Work with Vishuddha energy of the Throat Chakra if you:
- Struggle with speaking up for what you believe is right
- Struggle with self-expression
- Feel you talk too much, or dominate conversation
- Feel you have nothing worthwhile to contribute in conversation
- Are constantly stressed out
- Would like to communicate better
- Have poor listening skills
- Fear public speaking
- Suffer from chronic sore throats, speech impediments, thyroid issues or jaw problems
- Find yourself in constant conflict with your words, or lack thereof
Communication involves listening as well as speaking. It involves hearing others and being heard. Do you listen proportionately to how much you talk? Do you listen with your mind (ego) or heart (soul)?
This is your center for kind, thoughtful and clear communication. This is the place that allows you to open to others. The ability to approach life with honesty and truth flows from this chakra. It governs vocal clarity in speech, writing and self-expression. If you suffer from unresolved tension being held in this area, this can lead to imbalances here. Repressed freedom to speak, communicate or express yourself in early childhood often manifests in distorted Vishuddha chakra energy.
Do you feel blocked in your communication?
Positive aspects of Vishuddha manifest as:
- Your ability to express yourself honestly and openly
- Your ability and willingness to be creative and truthful with yourself and others
- An ability to be assertive and open to hearing the needs and boundaries of others
- Being emotionally balanced or expressive
- Being drawn to artistic inspiration and expression
Negative aspects manifest as:
- Writer’s block
- Blocked feelings, or inappropriate and impulsive reactions to overpowering emotions.
- If you struggle to communicate and use your voice, this may indicate deficiencies or blockages here, which may result in this chakra being the root of some addictions.
Do you find yourself living in your own personal truth? Perhaps you find coherence between your words, thoughts and actions? Or, do you use words as a weapon? Do you dominate conversations by not letting others speak? Are you extremely shy? Do you feel unheard, or distracted when others talk to you? Are your motives sneaky or transparent?
What does Vishuddha govern?
Vishuddha strongly relates to inner balance. This chakra is a powerful link between our intellect and emotions. It governs the ability of heart and mind to communicate freely, which brings balance. The Throat Chakra also governs our ability to express our needs and our truths. It allows our creative ideas born in the mind to flow downward into the Anahata and Manipura, where they can take root and be brought to life by the fire of the Solar Plexus (Manipura).
It directs all things communicative, and because of this it also governs the throat, mouth and vocals. Imbalances may manifest as speech impediments, eating disorders, addictions, chronic sore throats, deafness, hearing problems, teeth problems or thyroid imbalances. It governs the thyroid, esophagus, trachea, cervical spine, tonsils, ears and auditory system. It gives us the energy to hear and speak.
The mudra (I use Akasha mudra) calls for thumb and middle finger connected in an “O,” with the other three fingers relaxed outward however they fall. Akasha mudra relates to space, and relives feelings of heaviness or blockages.
To begin a Throat Chakra meditation practice, start simple:
- Sit down cross-legged, or lie down.
- Start your breath work to become still and present. If you use stones, blue kyanite, blue sapphire, angelic, amazonite and chrysocolla are great for opening and healing Vishuddha. Any blue stones will resonate here.
- Begin to focus and visualize your breath traveling to your throat as you picture the color blue.
- Take at least five deep, cleansing breaths that you send to your chakra. Breathe in slowly to 10, hold for 10, breathe out slowly for 10. (Start with five seconds if needed.) Visualize the breath flowing in, spreading throughout, and cleansing as you exhale. Let it take with it everything which no longer serves you. Let it create space within your throat.
- Practice humming. Close your eyes, plug your ears with your thumbs, and seal your mouth and lips tightly. Tighten the back of the throat. Inhale strongly through the nose, making a snoring sound. Hold the breath, focusing on the space it is creating in your throat—this connects you to the element of this chakra, Ether, or space. When ready, exhale with a forceful high-pitched hum that vibrates your face and throat. Repeat five times.
- Use a mantra as you breathe in and out. “I speak my truth, my word is my bond.” “I am safe to communicate my needs and feelings in a positive and healthy way.” “I am here to listen and understand, as I seek to be heard and understood.”
- Flow through yoga asanas geared toward this chakra—heart openers. Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand), Neck stretches (Forward to back, side to side), Simhasana (The Lion, or Lion’s Breath). Practice Pranayama breathing. Chanting, singing, dancing and humming are wonderful for clearing Vishuddha.
- Don’t rush through, but rather practice the asanas, to build your feelings of stability and strength in them. It’s all about finding the best version of the pose for you, at any given moment. Holding and breathing into the asanas is where the magic happens.
Why you should work with the Throat Chakra
So much of our inability to hear one another arises from Throat Chakra imbalances. We get stuck in listening with our mind and ego, rather than the heart. This is often because the flow of energy is disrupted here, and we judge everything we hear based on ego perceptions and stories. I felt suppressed and incapable of speaking up or expressing myself, so I suffered well into my 30s before I learned how to communicate. I developed severe addictions to drugs and alcohol, which were rooted in my Vishuddha imbalances. Now I seek to keep this chakra’s energy open and flowing, so I never suffer like I once did. It starts with me! I am the only one who can do this work to balance myself, and live in peace.
The goal of working with Vishuddha is to establish a healthy balance of self-expression and honesty. To be able to communicate honestly and openly is a very intimate and vulnerable act. Balance between Anahata and Vishuddha helps this become habit.
Many of our problems occur because, like a wheel, one spoke out of alignment results in a flat tire. When all chakras are open and running in a balanced state we find harmony within our mind, body and soul. Remember—have fun. That’s the most important part.
I would love to answer any questions or comments below! I look forward to hearing about your chakra work.
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Author: Lindsay Carricarte-Jones
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