Vishuddha: The Throat Chakra

The throat chakra is located at the center of the neck and is concerned with our expression and communication. In Sanskrit it is called Vishuddha translated as pure or purification, showing that this chakra is about our truth and purity in speech. Although its primary location is the throat, it is important to remember its connection to the mouth, jaw, back of the neck and shoulders. 

Your throat chakra is about how you express yourself. It is very much related to your creations throughout your life as well as your purpose. It gives a natural connection with your sacral chakra, the center of creativity and emotion. Your throat chakra is in balance if it is correctly communicating what you feel and know in your sacral chakra. As your communication center Vishuddha provides us with the gift of being able to express who we are, what we stand for and what we believe in. It also allows us to listen deeply to others and take on their points of view with the same understanding we use on ourselves. 

An open and balanced throat chakra makes for a good listener, enabling others to have the experience of being heard, one of the deepest and most profound human needs. You will know when to speak and when to let others speak, how to use your speech effectively, and how to think before you speak, not using your words to hurt or undermine others. An open throat chakra will also lead to a deeper connection with your intuition, heightened creativity, and an expressive nature.

An imbalanced throat chakra can have detrimental effects on your professional and personal life. It may become easier to avoid social situations as you become more and more comfortable alone. A blockage can cause you to become fearful and detached, creating feelings of anxiety, shyness, and insecurity. In extreme cases, public speaking can cause the individual to freeze or choke. Even putting on running leggings and heading outside for some exercise will seem difficult. 

Signs Of An Imbalanced Throat Chakra

  • Chronic sore throat
  • Frequent headaches
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Laryngitis
  • Neck pain 
  • Fear of speaking
  • Inability to express yourself
  • Social anxiety 
  • Creative blockages
  • Inconsistency is speech and actions
  • Detachment 
  • Stubbornness 

How To Balance The Throat Chakra 

  • Practice – Practice make progress. If you feel as though your throat chakra is blocked, practice mindful speech, action and deed. You will find yourself becoming more and more comfortable with speaking your truth. 
  • Nutrition – Eating more fruit, in particular, peaches, apples, lemons, and limes, helps to cleanse and activate the throat chakra. 
  • Write – Writing can help us express ourselves without judgment from others. It also gives us a place where we can explain exactly how we feel without editing or censoring ourselves. Taking just 10 minutes a day to write down what’s on our mind can be powerful for the throat chakra. 
  • Sing – Singing uses our own personal sound to clear any blockages in the throat chakra. You can hum too if you are shy of anything to get the vocal cords vibrating!
  • Aromatherapy Scents such as jasmine, rosemary, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood are useful for dispelling negativity and restoring balance to the upper chakras. 

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