Visuddha, The Throat Chakra

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We now come to the fifth main chakra, the throat chakra. It’s the chakra I personally have had much energy work done on, so I could speak in front of an audience, and one that I have worked on over the years to learn how to speak my truth, and more importantly, truly listen to the truth of others.
Visuddha resonates to the frequency of the color blue and is located in the mouth, jaw, throat, ears and shoulders. It’s through the throat chakra that we express our beliefs and take in beliefs of others.
Speaking in a positive manner raises our vibration and can enhance our immunity. If we are not honest or we are not able to voice our thoughts and feelings, imbalance occurs. This imbalance may show up as a sore throat, incessant talking, rarely talking, neck stiffness, tight shoulders, TMJ and thyroid conditions.
To bring Visuddha into balance we can sing, be creative, listen deeply to others, and speak truthfully while being mindful of speaking in a positive manner. Walk your talk and avoid gossip to keep the throat chakra open and balanced.

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The throat chakra rules the thyroid and parathyroid, and issues with these glands can indicate a need to balance the throat chakra.
Incense and essential oils that help our fifth chakra include gardenia and blue chamomile.

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Wear or carry stones which resonate with the fifth chakra such as blue agate, sodalite, celestite, turquoise.
Doing public speaking, or need to have an important talk with someone? Wear blue, especially if you have a blue scarf or necklace.
Animals that connect with the vibration of Visuddha include the sparrowhawk, the elephant and the bull.

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Foods to be eaten when balancing the throat chakra are fruits and blueberries.

Positive Archetype- Communicator

Negative Archetype- Masked Self

A good yoga pose to do for the throat chakra is the Camel Pose. At the same time, this pose works on opening the heart chakra. These instructions come from The Yoga Outlet site.

Begin by kneeling upright with your knees hip-distance apart. Rotate your thighs inward and press your shins and the tops of your feet into the floor. Do not squeeze your buttocks.
Rest your hands on the back of your pelvis, with your fingers pointing to the floor. Lengthen your tailbone down toward the floor and widen the back of your pelvis.
Lean back, with your chin slightly tucked toward your chest. Beginners can stay here, keeping their hands on their back pelvis.
If you are comfortable here, you can take the pose even deeper. Reach back and hold onto each heel. Your palms should rest on your heels with your fingers pointing toward your toes and your thumbs holding the outside of each foot.
Keep your thighs perpendicular to the floor, with your hips directly over your knees. If it is difficult to grasp your heels without feeling compression in your low back, tuck your toes to elevate your heels. You can also rest your hands on yoga blocks placed to the outside of each foot.
Lift up through your pelvis, keeping your lower spine long. Turn your arms outward without squeezing your shoulder blades. Keep your head in a neutral position or allow it to drop back without straining or crunching your neck.
Hold for 30-60 seconds. To release, bring your hands back to your front hips. Inhale, lead with your heart, and lift your torso by pushing your hips down toward the floor. Your head should come up last. Rest in Child’s Pose (Balasana) or Corpse Pose (Savasana).

If you are a beginner, or not real flexible, use props as shown in the second picture. Never do any pose that hurts, and never force a stretch. If you aren’t sure yoga is right for you, check with your doctor.

 

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