Oct 13, 2019
The Throat Chakra
The 5th Chakra, otherwise known as Visuddha Chakra, or the throat chakra is located at the throat and neck. Visuddha’s color is bright blue, element is ether (or sound), and bija seed sound is Ham.
This chakra is the bridge between the head and the heart. It is related to our ability to communicate effectively. To connect with our inner truth and then to speak that truth. But, it is not only about speaking. It is our ability to listen. To receive, process and assimilate information. It is the center of transformation.
Traumas or life experiences that can impact this chakra are verbal abuse, excessive criticism and shame. Authoritarian or tyrannical parents/guardians or families with chemical dependency issues. Being the one who has to hold onto a family (or any other) secret and/or lies. Or perhaps living in a place where your life could be at risk for speaking up or where staying silent is mandatory for your survival.
It is not only the traumas themselves that impact us at the fifth chakra, but our inability to express or articulate the traumatic experience. Perhaps we have been made to feel guilty or ashamed. Or we feel fear because we don’t want another to get into trouble or we have been threatened if we speak up.
The shadow of Visuddha is lies. When we tell a lie there is inevitable residue, often times leading to many other lies to cover up the first.
The location of Visuddha is the throat and neck. The body parts most impacted by this chakra are throat, lips, teeth, neck, tongue, mouth, shoulders, hands.
Physical issues that can arise with an Visuddha imbalance are sore throats, laryngitis, stiff neck, shoulder pain, colds, thyroid issues, hearing problems, teeth grinding and TMJ, skin irritations, ear infections, stuttering, attention disorders.
In the mental/emotional body an imbalance in the direction of excess often times looks like talking incessantly or rambling; there are a lot of words, but very little depth or content to those words. This may be a defense as a way of staying in control.
On the other hand, a deficiency in the throat chakra can lead to the inability to speak at all. Perhaps is shows up as being quiet or having a pinched or whiny voice. We may struggle to initiate communication about feelings and expressing what is needed in intimate relationships.
Are you speaking your truth? Do you feel confident enough in your beliefs to speak up? Are you listening to the perspectives and stories of those who have different lived experiences than you do? Is your communication effective?
I’ve felt some real blockage in my throat chakra over the past few years. And this is quite new for me as I have always been very outspoken about what I believe in. But, over these last few years I have experienced chronic coughs and sore throats, shoulder and neck pain and a deep sense of frustration over not being heard or understood.
Maybe you can relate.
I think that we are living in a time that is more divisive than ever before in modern history. And I have found myself suppressing how I feel about things that are really important to me because I am afraid of losing friends, family and/or work. My views and beliefs lean to the left (far to the left) and I live somewhere that leans more to the right. This is a contrast to where I have lived in the past and I am still learning how to navigate being an outsider. I am working on ways to express myself more effectively so that others will not shut down and turn away, but instead listen. I am learning how to listen to perspectives that are different than mine (this has been the hardest work).
And I am determined to continue the work of self-reflection, healing and at the same time to unapologetically speak my truth with compassion and grace.
Tips and Tools to Heal the 5th Chakra:
Work with a trained therapist: Work on communication skills. Letter writing and inner child communication.
- Mantra (chant, sing, spoken word, reciting poetry, etc.)
- Dancing and/or drumming
- Peppermint, eucalyptus, camphor essential oils
- Self-massage the neck and shoulders (in a Sesame base)
- Drink peppermint tea
- Journal writing (write down your daily experiences)
- Any non-goal oriented creativity
- Practice deep listening
Yoga Poses and Pranayama:
- Neck and shoulder rolls/shrugs
- Fish pose (supported fish pose)
- Anahatasana (puppy pose)
- Supported shoulderstand
- Cow face
- Jalandhara Bandha (Chin lock)
- High and low lunge
- Plow pose
- Camel Pose
- Legs up the wall
- Cat/Cows with lions breath
- Bhramari Pranayama (Humming Breath)
- Nadi Shodhana Pranayama (Opposite Nostril Breathing)
- Simhasana Pranayama (Lion’s Breath)
- I have the right to be heard
- I hear and speak the truth
- My voice matters
- I am able and willing to speak my truth
Why balance your 5th chakra?
When the throat chakra is balanced we are able to speak our truth and can express ourselves appropriately. We are confident enough in our beliefs that we can share them unapologetically. We are more apt to create the life that we desire, on that is on purpose. We build the capacity to really listen and hear...and learn. We respect the power and impact of our language and make more informed decisions about our choices of language.
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