The Throat Chakra is the energy center associated with self-expression and communication. Positioned at the base of the throat, the fifth chakra is also considered the “seat” of emotion. A blocked Throat Chakra (5th Chakra) can significantly impact your ability to communicate effectively for fear of ridicule and judgement. A throat chakra blockage can also manifest as the inability to express and realize your truth in the world. When open and balanced, you are able to express yourself clearly and honestly in any situation with confidence
Also known as the Vishuddha chakra, it governs all areas of the mouth, jaw, throat, and thyroid gland. When the throat chakra is imbalanced, some common physical symptoms you may experience are sore throat, thyroid problems, neck pain, frequent headaches and dental issues. When the throat chakra is imbalanced, the blockage can also manifest through non-physical symptoms that may impact you at various levels from psychological and emotional, to psychically and spiritually. Common signs are fear of speaking, inability to express thoughts, shyness, social anxiety, detachment and lack of self-esteem.
How to Open Throat Chakra
Clearing the throat chakra involves learning to let go and trusting your inner voice. Associated the color blue, the throat chakra enables you to discover yourself and speak with wisdom and honesty regardless of the situation or company you are in. When the fifth chakra is in need of healing, there are several simple steps and exercises you can do to strengthen and restore chakra balance.
Using Chakra Color: Blue
Use Blue color to support or stimulate the fifth chakra. For example, incorporating the color blue into your decor at home and work is a nice, subtle way to bring focus to the throat chakra. The calming effect of this color of wisdom and honesty can help open up and heal a blocked fifth chakra. Wearing blue outfit is a great boost for chakra healing and balance. Meditating on the color blue also helps alleviate throat chakra imbalance.
Drink more Water
Make a conscious effort to drink more water throughout the day. Not only does water help keep you hydrated, it also helps to cleanse the throat chakra allowing for healthy energy flow.
Add more Fruit to your diet
Add apples, peaches, lemons and limes to your diet to cleanse and activate the throat chakra.
Clear the Air
At-home aromatherapy can help dispel negativity and restore balance to the chakras. Use these scents to heal and activate your fifth energy center:
The essential oils and flower essences used to balance the Throat Chakra are sage, lemongrass, cosmos, larch, blue chamomile, trumpet vine, geranium and hyssop.
Chakra gemstones such as turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine blue topaz, or blue lace agate aid in Throat chakra balance. To support or stimulate the fifth chakra a pretty turquoise jewelry might be just the thing to open up your channels of communication.
Talk It Out
Talk openly with close friends and family. Make it a point to be open and honest with all you say. Simply speaking in a heartfelt way can work wonders to strengthen and balance the throat chakra.
Write It Down
Learning how to express yourself without censoring or editing can be valuable. Practice mindful self-expression by journaling. Get it all out on paper and let it sit, then revisit what you have written at a later time.
As the chakra of self-expression, singing can help dispel blockages, activate, and balance the fifth chakra. If you are too shy, humming is also an option. Just be sure to get those vocal cords vibrating with sound.
Let It Be
Letting go is difficult. Holding on to things over which you have no control can lead to resentment, guilt, and anger — all of which contribute to an imbalance of the throat chakra.
Yoga for the Throat Chakra
Primarily focus on simple neck movements, such as moving you head from side to side, can help ease tension that can block the throat chakra. Relax your jaw and gently roll your head and neck from left to right and back. Give the back of your neck a little massage and take a few deep breaths into your neck.
Alleviate physical and emotional signs of throat chakra imbalance by doing simple yoga poses each day. These yoga poses are great for opening the throat Chakra.
- Camel (Ustrasana)
- Plow (Halasana)
- Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
- Fish (Matsyasana)
- Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
Cross your fingers on the inside of your hands, without the thumbs. Let the thumbs touch at the tops, and pull them slightly up.
Concentrate on the Throat chakra at the base of the throat.
Chant the sound “HAM”.