The throat chakra is the fifth of the seven-chakra system, influencing your communication and self-expression. Located at the base of the head, the throat chakra, or Vishuddha, is the first of your spiritual chakras.
What is Vishuddha?
Coming from ancient Indian and Eastern traditions, the current-day chakra system most of us know carry a few remnants of their pasts. While we may refer to the fifth chakra as the throat chakra, for a thousand years it was known as Vishuddha. This Sanskrit word roughly translates to the phrase “especially pure”. It has come to mean a purification of sorts or a pure, true expression of yourself.
Vishuddha Through the Ages
While we take our current interpretation of the chakra energy systems from the Hindu Tantra tradition, the throat chakra relates to a variety of other religions and philosophies used through the past several centuries. It is used in Vajrayana yoga and Tibetan dream yoga, and it has some correlations with the Taoist mouth chakra and modern-day mystical interpretations of Kabbalah.
Throat Chakra Overview
The throat chakra is the first of your more subtle realms of spirituality and intuition. It’s about living an authentic life, in part by communicating honestly and with self-awareness. A well-balanced throat chakra is related to feeling confident, speaking your truth and being open in your communications. It influences how you welcome life’s possibilities and sharpen your creativity. An aligned throat chakra removes negativity, self-doubt and lack of integrity from your life.
This honest, forthright energy is associated with the color blue and scents such as frankincense, chamomile, basil, cinnamon, ginger, and lime. It is related to the Akasha element.
We’ve already mentioned that this energy center is all about speaking your truth with honesty and confidence, but Vishuddha involves listening nearly as much as it relates to truth-telling. This is just one of the reasons this chakra is so important to interpersonal relationships and your emotional and spiritual well-being.
Physically, Vishuddha encompasses the mouth, neck, jaw, tongue, and larynx. It also has an association with sound and hearing, so the ears are sometimes included in the throat chakra energy wheel. Vishuddha also influences your thyroid and parathyroid production and regulation.
Imbalanced Throat Chakra
An imbalance in your throat chakra can lead to thyroid conditions as well as throat infections, neck tightness, dental problems, laryngitis, and TMJ. The throat chakra can become partially or entirely blocked, leading your energy center to become underactive compared to your other chakras. It can also be overstimulated, leading to a host of other potential issues. Here are a few hints that your throat chakra may be misaligned:
- hoarse or a sore throat
- reluctance to speak out, even if it means going along with others’ differing opinions
- lack of ability to convey your thoughts clearly
- disconnected from social situations
- social anxiety
- inability to see your place in the world
- stifled creativity
- the compulsion to speak, even at inappropriate times
- inability to listen fruitfully to others
- verbal aggression
- mean-spirited or gossipy expression
- lying or inability to speak with integrity
Tips for Balancing The Throat Chakra
There are many everyday ways to open or balance your throat chakra. Practice saying what you need or want out of life, in a kind and caring way, of course. Affirmations can help with this, especially if your throat chakra is blocked. In your day-to-day interactions, really listen to what someone is saying to you. Be present and attentive while the other person is speaking. These two practices can help you create dialogues that are honest, authentic and, ultimately, more rewarding.
Since the throat chakra is the pathway for connecting your physical-associated chakras with your spiritual and intuitive head chakras, it’s important to keep this conduit flowing freely. Yoga, meditation and mind-body practice can help you attain or maintain an aligned throat chakra.
Aromatherapy oils often enhance your meditation or yoga experience, particularly if you use essential oils that are chosen because of the way they affect you emotionally and physically. Our Throat Chakra Oil is a good candidate for this practice when used in your favorite burner, diffuser or aromatherapy bracelet. It can also aid your aura cleansing.
Kundalini yoga poses and breath work commonly associated with opening and balancing the throat chakra include camel, bridge, plow, and shoulder stand asanas. For breath and throat work, the lion’s breath, Ujjayi breath, chanting, singing, and vocalisation are beneficial.