Continuing our Quick Chakra Guides we are super excited to be reaching the top end of the Chakra System… today discovering your Throat Chakra, or Vishuddha Chakra.
If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the Base Chakra Guide, Sacral Chakra Guide, Solar Plexus Chakra Guide and Heart Chakra Guide too (the four chakras that come before Vishuddha).
If you’d like to learn more about the Chakras, sign up for the free Beginners Guide to the Chakras. This eBook will help you create balance, confidence, clarity, and joy with a foundational understanding of your body’s chakra energy centres. And it’s FREE! Sign up here!
Ok! Let’s get into this Quick Guide to the Throat Chakra! Before you do though, you might want to sign up for this Free Desk Worker Yoga Class…
What is Vishudda Chakra?
Vishuddha Chakra is the chakra in charge of communication, and it is heavily associated with the space element and the color blue. The qualities that Vishuddha Chakra represents are truth, communication, and self-expression. And even though Vishuddha Chakra rules your communication with others, it also significantly impacts your own internal communication with yourself and your intuition.
Where is Vishuddha Chakra Located?
The Vishuddha Chakra is located at the throat, and it is associated and closely connected with the thyroid gland. You might be familiar with the fact that the thyroid gland affects mental and physical development and regulates metabolism.
When in balance, Vishuddha Chakra allows you to have a more productive conversation, as well as tune in and listen to the guidance of your intuition. Vishuddha Chakra also gives you the opportunity to truly find your inner truth and to communicate and live your truth in daily life. A balanced and aligned Vishuddha chakra allows you to be honest with yourself and easily communicate with others.
The Main Characteristics of the Throat Chakra
As the name itself says, the throat chakra (which is also called the Visuddha) rules your innate ability to express yourself clearly and openly, without any issues.
The Visuddha Chakra is the life-force of your communication, which means that the throat chakra has an impact on many aspects of your life, both big and small.
Visuddha Chakra directly affects your relationships with yourself and others and your emotional stability. The throat chakra also determines how well you handle conflict, whether you are living an authentic life, and whether you are aware of your own deep needs, and how to fulfill them.
The energy of the Vishuddha Chakra is going to provide awareness of your personal power. When aligned, Vishuddha Chakra provides the knowledge that no one outside of yourself has power over the choices you make and your own wellbeing.
An important thing to note is that often you don’t have a moment in your day that is quiet. The mind is racing and you have a million things on your to-do list.
This is why you often don’t hear your intuition and that inner guidance.
One thing we recommend to all of our MerryBody members is to allocate at least 10 minutes a day to yourself. This could be for sitting and breathing (you could tune in to one of the Guided Meditations on the MerryBody App for serious bliss!), or for a quick Yoga or Pilates class (yes, 10 minutes is enough!).
When you consistently make this time for yourself, you will naturally become more aware and in tune with your intuition and what it is you actually want in your life.
What Happens When Vishudda Chakra Is Blocked or Out of Balance?
Every chakra develops blockages and gets out of balance sometimes, and that is true for your throat chakra as well. If your throat chakra is blocked or out of balance, you might experience a variety of issues throughout the mind, body, and emotional wellbeing.
Some of the most common physical symptoms of a blocked throat chakra include:
- Sore throat
- Tension and pain in the shoulders, neck, or jaw
- Difficulties within the thyroid, lymph system, or pituitary gland
- Problems with the gums, nose, teeth, ears, lower sinuses, or upper respiratory system
Next to physical symptoms, a blocked or overactive throat chakra can also demonstrate itself through a number of emotional symptoms. Some of the most common ones often include:
- Choosing not to speak out
- Feeling insecure, shy, or socially anxious around others
- Being unable to express oneself
- Dominating conversations in a very unnatural way
- Complaining excessively
- Speaking aggressively or without thinking
- Not allowing others around you to express themselves
- Needing to always be right
How can You Start to Awaken, cleanse and Align your Throat Chakra?
The colour for your Throat Chakra is blue. You can visualize a vibrant blue right at the centre of your throat.
The Bija Mantra (or the seed Mantra, a one-word syllable, and vibration) is Ham (said like Huuu-uuum). You can chant this mantra out loud or even within your mind. This vibration will awaken your Throat Chakra, try it and really notice the vibration within the throat.
Breathe with Mudra
The Mudra (mudra = energy seal or lock created with the body) you can use is Granthita Mudra (where you simply interlace your fingers, crossing thumbs on the outside, and bring the mudra up toward the throat.
Using this Mudra you can begin to breathe in and out through the nose.
Try and feel the breath’s energy enter and leave your throat space.
If you want to try the Mudra and the Mantra AND the Yoga poses, check out the Speak Your Truth Yoga class on the MerryBody App!
Yoga Poses to Awaken and Align your Heart Chakra
Yoga postures are commonly used to awaken, realign and calm Chakras. Yoga allows you to easily bring awareness to different parts of the body and how you feel energetically, physically, and emotionally.
Some of our favourite Yoga poses to open your throat chakra include:
Actually, we don’t really love this pose (gotta love preferences!), however, it really does open your throat chakra. Lay on your belly, feet are mat distance with the toes pointing out. Place your elbows under your shoulders and forearms directly out in front of you. Press your forearms down and shine your chest through your shoulders. Gaze at the horizon. Hold for 5 breaths.
Sometimes, to hear your intuition, you need to take a moment of reflection, stillness and silence. This is why Yoga is so amazing for tuning into what you actually want from life. This pose, Cosmic Egg is one of our favorites to create stillness in the mind. Sit on your booty and squeeze your knees into your chest, wrapping your forearms around your shins. Bring your forehead to your knees and close your eyes if you can. Hold for 5 breaths.
Urdva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose)
This pose is amazing for opening your heart and your throat! We’d recommend you be guided into this pose as it’s quite challenging and requires lots of prior preparation.
Check out the class Wake Up Yoga inside MerryBody Online Studio to experience this posture and more!
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Oh, this feels so good! And also stretches and awakens the back of the neck which is equally as important as the front and sides! Bring the soles of your feet together, knees fall wide, scoot your feet further from your groin, then thread your arms under your calves reaching for the outsides of your feet. Inhale to lengthen the spine and then exhale to melt the torso, letting the head completely relax. Hold for 1-3 minutes.
If you’d like to work more on opening your heart chakra (or any chakra for that matter) the 7 Day Align Your Chakras Course inside MerryBody is our top pick for you!
This is 7 day course will align your chakras. You’ll go from feeling flighty and unstable to grounded, connected, and expansive. Each day you’ll practice a MerryBody Yoga Class followed by a MerryMind Meditation, moving from the Base Chakra all the way through to the Crown Chakra.
Find it in your Programs and Challenge section of the MerryBody App.
As always, if you have any questions, reach out, we are here to help! And don’t forget, that free eBook is waiting for you!
Can’t wait to bring you more Chakra guides soon (2 more until we have aligned them all!).
Emma + Carla
P.s here’s a screenshot of where you’ll find the 7 Day Chakra Course inside MerryBody!