The Vishuddha – Throat Chakra: Everything You Need to Find Your Inner Truth
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The Vishuddha Chakra, also known as the ‘Throat Chakra’, is the 5th chakra and is the creative force in the upper four energy centers, that starts with the heart chakra.
Represented by an inverted triangle in the color blue, it is located on the front part of the throat. This area controls external and internal communication, speech, and self-expression.
While most people associate this chakra with speaking, it also governs emotional awareness and self-expression. People with a well-balanced throat chakra are able to speak freely and express themselves without worry.
Where Is the Vishuddha Chakra
As the name suggests, the Vishuddha is located in the throat region, just above the larynx and below the thyroid gland. As the communication chakra, its energies are expressed through sound, speech, and self-expression.
This chakra exists between both our heads and our hearts. When both our head and heart work in harmony, we can express our most authentic selves without fear of judgment.
What Blocks the Vishuddha - Throat Chakra
Likewise, when there is a disparity between the intention of our hearts and our heads, the energy flow to our Vishuddha chakra can become blocked.
An imbalanced throat chakra can lead to many emotional symptoms that can affect our daily lives, such as poor communication, anxiety, and an inability to connect to our hearts, leading to emotional instability.
Physical symptoms caused by this chakra imbalance can include a weak voice, sore throat, neck pains, ear infections and dental disorders.
What Does the Vishuddha Chakra Do
When we acknowledge the authentic truth of our inner voice, the Vishuddha can work synergistically with our other chakras to promote healthy communication, emotional balance, and spiritual growth.
When our Throat chakra can inform our head about what is being communicated from within, we can learn to express it to others easily.
How to Achieve a Balanced Throat Chakra
By using yoga poses, meditation, affirmation, and other traditional wisdom, the Vishuddha can be brought back in balance and harmony. Read the list below and choose whatever you feel resonates.
Also, keep in mind that the Vishuddha can be brought into balance by any activity that helps cultivate creative ideas and effective communication.
If you can think of any inventive ways you can be creative, while communicating your voice without fear or shame, follow that impulse.
Mindfulness meditation is a great way to connect to your inner self. By focusing your awareness on only one thing, as you breathe, your thoughts and emotions can slow down, and you can tune into your body.
Quieting our body and mind allows your inner truth and intention to bubble to the surface, allowing you to understand what needs to be said without holding back.
Try this mindful breathing meditation. Before you begin, make sure you are in a comfortable position that promotes alertness and keeps your back straight.
Lion’s breath is a form of Pranayama, yogic breathing techniques that can significantly enhance your emotional, mental, and physical health.
This particular breathing technique is associated with the throat chakra and can be practised either on its own or at the beginning or end of a yoga pose or meditation practice.
Step One. Find a comfortable position. Either sitting with your back straight or laying on the ground. Alternatively, use this technique at the end of one of the yoga poses stated below.
Step Two. Inhale through your nose. Breathe deeply into your diaphragm.
Step Three. Open your mouth wide, push out your tongue and stretch it towards your chin.
Step Four. Make a ‘ha’ sound while exhaling with force. Allow your breath to flow over the top of your tongue.
Step Five. Breath normally.
Step Seven. Repeat the cycle 5-7 times.
Step Eight. Finish by practising mindful breathing for a few minutes.
Vishuddha Mantra Meditation
Every chakra has a corresponding mantra. These are sometimes called a ‘bija mantra’ or ‘seed mantra’, thought of as the primordial mantra’s. These mantras have the same vibrational frequency as their related chakra and can be used as a mantra meditation practice.
The Vishuddha Chakra mantra is ‘HAM. It is a powerful mantra that aligns and balances the Vishuddha Chakra. Practising this mantra daily or regularly will bring balance and peace to the Vishuddha Chakra.
The chakra’s also have corresponding mudra’s, which are symbolic or ritual hand gestures intended to aid the flow of prana and improve your meditation practice.
You can perform the Vishuddha mudra by interlocking your fingers and pressing your thumbs together. Use this mudra while you are practising mindfulness meditation, lions breath, or mantra meditation to help open your Vishuddha throat chakra.
Yoga is another common way of activating and balancing the chakras. If you have a formal practice, you can ask your yoga teacher to incorporate some of these poses. If you practice alone, only try these poses if you are confident and comfortable doing so.
Legs up the Wall Pose
Chakra Healing Stones
The throat chakra is about speaking our truth. Blue Apatite is a chakra stone that helps us accomplish this by facilitating communication with the higher self and connecting us to that spiritual guidance.
Blue apatite provides the understanding and encouragement to communicate by boosting self-confidence, a trait needed for clear self-expression.
Throat Chakra Affirmations
Affirmations are small sayings or mantra’s that you can use to help manifest your desires. For example, you can use affirmations to help you sleep, motivate yourself in the morning or just about anything.
These affirmations are designed to help you manifest characteristics in line with a healthy Vishuddha chakra.
Full list of throat chakra affirmations here.
I am willing to be the change I want to see
I can communicate clearly and openly.
I will commit to my decisions and follow them through with love.
I speak the truth, and I express it creatively.
Other Ways to Open the Vishuddha Chakra
If meditation, yoga or affirmations aren’t for you, then don’t fret. Instead, try incorporating some of the following into your life to promote energy flow into your throat chakra.
Singing and chanting
Engaging in playful creativity
Asking or you want and being assertive.
Throat Chakra Foods
MindEasy founder & meditation teacher
Griff Williams is an accredited meditation teacher and founder of MindEasy. He spent 12 years working as a London firefighter before changing paths to pursue building MindEasy. He received his diploma in meditation teaching from The British School of Meditation.