The chakras are the seven energy wheels in the body, which extend from the crown of the head to the base of the spine. Chakras are generally viewed as energy vortices, or whirling energy wheels. Each chakra permits energy to flow and move easily when it is spinning properly, allowing you to move in harmony and alignment. Nonetheless, if one of these wheels becomes obstructed or misaligned with the others, your health may suffer. You may have physical, mental, or emotional discomfort.
The vishuddha or throat chakra is the communication centre of the body. It is the place where you find your voice, express your truth, and sing your praises—for yourself and others. This chakra is related with communication and self-expression, as well as hearing and being heard. The vishuddha chakra is philosophically connected with truth, clarity, and responsibility.
Let’s explore the fifth chakra: what it is, how to find obstructions, and how to clear them so that your throat energy flows freely once more.
The vishuddha chakra relates to the throat, as well as the tongue, lips, cheeks, mouth, and ears, as well as the rear and lower portion of the neck, and even the shoulders. The shoulder girdle, the neck up to the chin, and the cervical spine to the base of the skull comprise its sphere of effect.
The first four chakras — muladhara (root), svadhisthana (sacrum or pelvis), manipura (solar plexus), and anahata (heart) — are related to earth elements and the physical body. Light, beauty, intuition, and cosmic or spiritual energy are connected with the ajna (third eye) and sahasrara (crown) chakras. The throat chakra connects these dimensions. It is “the road between the particular and the general.” It connects the energies between your fundamental wants and your superior understanding.
The throat chakra functions alongside the sacral or pelvic chakra. The svadhisthana chakra is your creative center. In order for creative ideas to thrive and materialize, they must have a means of expression. This is where vishuddha comes into play. Your creative ideas require the energy of the throat chakra to find “speech” in the world.
Indicators of an unbalanced throat chakra
Depressive, anxious, or poor self-esteem sensations are emotional indicators that the throat chakra may be obstructed. This may be exacerbated by an inability to verbalize these emotions.
The inability to speak is typically related with a blocked Throat chakra. You need to say something, but you can’t seem to summon the courage to do so. Or you’re unable to speak due to a lump in your throat or a catch in your voice. This imbalance may also emerge as a fear of public speaking or even of speaking freely with friends. Or you may speak so softly that you cannot be easily heard.
If your vishuddha chakra is blocked, you may be unwilling or unable to defend yourself, communicate your viewpoint, or state your preferences. You may choose to remain silent during uncomfortable conversations rather than speak up.
While the throat chakra is associated with silence, an imbalance in the opposite way may be indicated by a tendency to speak excessively or to ramble aimlessly. You have a tendency to speak before thinking, use unsuitable language, and make incorrect assertions. If you find yourself interrupting or talking over others, dominating the conversation, or needing to have the last word, you may need to find strategies to temper the vishuddha energy.
Why it is important to have the throat chakra balanced?
Taking care of the throat is vital if clear speech and attentive hearing are your goals. A balanced throat chakra enables you to communicate with knowledge, judgment, and clarity.
When your throat chakra is open and balanced, you will not only be able to communicate without fear and with compassion, but you will also be receptive to hearing and listening to others.
The ability to communicate openly and honestly, yet with care and consideration for others, is a gift to all of your relationships. You will be able to explain your thoughts, emotions, and opinions with precision. When you can articulate your thoughts with precision, you may also feel heard and understood.
Nonverbal and internal communication are components of healthy communication. Speaking the truth to oneself and continually walking in that truth is a path to enlightenment.
Different ways to open the throat chakra
Burn the incense and essential oils of Vishuddha.
Aromatherapy possesses potent healing qualities that engage the sense of self. Burn ether incense, essential oils, and candles including frankincense, geranium, jasmine, sage, cypress, peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, tree tea, and lavender to open the throat chakra.
Repeat affirmations of authenticity’s authenticity.
The repetition of positive affirmations establishes the intention to break old patterns and form new ones. Repetition of affirmations pertaining to authenticity and open communication will help to activate the throat chakra. Here are several examples:
“I communicate with confidence and ease.”
“I feel at ease expressing my opinions.”
“I am a balanced communicator and listener.”
“I am a thoughtful listener.”
“I express my actual feelings with ease.”
“I establish obvious limits.”
By repeating these affirmations, we establish new thought patterns, behaviors, and actions that are congruent with sentiments of authenticity and open self-expression.
Perform asanas that stimulate the throat chakra
Through asanas, yoga helps integrate the spiritual and physical aspects of the body. While holding asanas, connecting with the breath helps to reduce tension and bring energy to the throat and thyroid. The positions associated with the Throat Chakra are camel, plow, cat-cow with lion’s breath, shoulder stand, and fish stance.
The first step in connecting with our inner truth is to still the mind. By focusing on the breath, mindful breathing provides a method for calming the mind. As you inhale, remind yourself: I’m breathing in. Then, as you exhale, think to yourself: exhaling. Whenever thoughts or distractions occur, observe them and let them to pass with composure.
Our minds are constantly inundated with thoughts, making even 5 minutes of focused breathing more challenging than it sounds. Mindfulness meditation becomes simpler with practice and provides mental tranquility and space. Through this stillness, we develop a deeper connection with our inner selves and awaken the throat chakra.