YOGAZOOM – THROAT CHAKRA EXPLAINED + PLOUGH POSE TO BALANCE THIS CHAKRA!

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What is the Throat chakra?

The throat chakra is all about self-expression and communication. This chakra represents our ability to express and communicate ourselves. The emotional issues related to this chakra are; communication, self-expression of feelings, speaking the truth and holding secrets.

This energy center is all about being able to know and speak our truth. How many of us even understand what it means to know and speak our truth?  Let me start by explaining what it means to me. I believe our truth is that really wise part of us that just intuitively knows who we are, what we require, and what we believe and trust in.  I believe its personal – it differs from person to person, and it often changes over time.

What’s important is that we are able to acknowledge and honour our truth by being able to express our thoughts, opinions, ideas, wants and needs.

Do you find yourself having trouble asking for help? Do you tend to say no when you mean yes and vice versa? Do you worry about being judged for your opinions? Do you go into shut down mode when called upon to speak up? Well perhaps it’s time for you to work on balancing and opening this energy center. If you put your hand to your throat you’ll automatically gravitate to it.

 

Love this explanation from Chakra Dance..

[box type=”info”]We are verbal beings. We currently live in a mass culture dominated by the word, and our current popular culture seems to thrive on gossip, actively encouraging its citizens to talk about other people. Our word is powerful, and the way in which we speak our words has great influence and real impact in our lives.

Who has not experienced the feeling of choking up, of being unable to speak? We struggle at times to ‘find the right words’. We may feel we say the ‘wrong’ thing, and experience harmful words flying from our mouths before we can stop them. At other times, we may force ourselves to stay quiet, to avoid trouble, when we truly have something we want to say.

All of these situations may indicate an imbalance in the throat chakra. This chakra is the home and source of truthful and meaningful communication. The Sanskrit name for the throat chakra Vissudha, means purification. When we team this concept of purification with the purpose of this chakra, we begin to understand that truthful communication which is clean and wise, impeccable and full of integrity is not only desirable – it is good for us. When we have a healthy throat chakra, we are mindful of what we say, and why we are saying it. [/box]

Location of this Chakra in the Body

This chakra is located in the neck and throat. The exact location is found at the bottom of the throat, just above the chest but below the mouth.

Main Element Associated with this Chakra

The element of this Chakra is Ether, Sound.

Gland Associated with this Chakra

Hormonal glands: The thyroid and parathyroid gland.

Colour Associated with this Chakra

Blue, light blue, turquoise.

Throat Chakra Affirmation

“I easily and gracefully express my deepest feelings and emotions.”

”I hear and speak the truth.”

”I express myself with clear intent.”

”Creativity flows in and through me.”

”I have a strong clear voice.”

“My truth is necessary.”

“It is good, right, and safe for me to express my true essence.”

“When I listen I hear the truth.”

 

Throat Chakra Hobbies

This energy point is the channel for your expression. Expression of your identity, business, hobbies, creativity and friendships. This chakra is happy and healthy when WHAT YOU SAY matches up to WHO YOU ARE.
 

A Balanced Throat Chakra

When your Throat Chakra is in balance you will be able to communicate and express yourself more easily, clearly and freely. You will realize that you can trust your inner voice and speak your truths. You will be able to clearly receive inspiration and inspire those around you. You will have no problems and fears with expressing yourself truthfully and you will be able to listen with empathy. Creativity will come easily to you. You will be a good listener and will be living creatively.

Powerful words relating to a balance in this energy center are; content, centered, can live in the present, sense of timing, good speaker, artistic, sexual energy and can seek bliss and divine energy through meditation. 

An Imbalanced Throat Chakra

It’s funny as I started to write and talk about this chakra today I’m feeling my throat at me. I’ll be honest, I’ve been fighting a head cold (which I don’t normally get) for the past couple of weeks and it looks like its now moving into my throat center. It’s made me delve into this energy center right now, to see where I’m not being truthful in my life.

An imbalance at this energy center creates distorted communication and  distorted communication is the root cause of all the struggles in life. Once we can understand this, we can then direct some effort towards opening and balancing the throat chakra. Living, breathing and speaking your truth is liberating. It’s Your Truth that sets you free.

A Throat Chakra imbalance may be experienced as poor self expression, constant lying, learning disabilities, doubt, fear, and uncertainty.

How to Balance your Throat Chakra

  • Sing – one of my favorite things to do. It’s an amazing throat chakra cleanser.
  • The colour associated with throat chakra is blue. Try sitting outside under a beautiful blue sky with the sun shining down on you and you will begin to balance this chakra.
  • Food to balance this chakra are herbal teas, soups, fresh vegetable juices which will lubricate the mouth and throat and are excellent for the 3rd chakra. Also fruits such as lemon, lime, grapefruit, or kiwi, and apples, pears, peaches, apricots, and plums. Simple spices like salt and lemon grass help express the Throat Chakra.
  • Spend a few minutes each day chanting the seed sound of the throat chakra which is “HUM”.
  • Spend time in nature.
  • Meditating out in nature, while allowing your throat chakra to be open to all that is, will begin to balance it. It is through the throat chakra that we can begin to receive messages from the Universe.
  • The essential oils and flower essences to balance this chakra are sage, lemongrass, cosmos, larch, blue chamomile, trumpet vine, geranium and hyssop.
  • Some wonderful crystals for balancing this chakra are; lapis lazuli, blue calcite, blue kyanite, aquamarine, turquoise, sodalite, amazonite, blue argonite, larimar, aqua aura crystal, tanzanite, blue tourmaline, celestial aura quartz, blue halite, blue lace agate and hemimorphite. You may place them on your throat chakra for clearing or even choose to carry one of these crystals with you throughout your day.
  • Do you you need to do a communications course to learn some new skills?
  • Inner child communication can be very powerful here.
  • Practice silence (lots of it).
  • Chanting is wonderful.
  • Shouting, screaming, roaring and generally just using your voice.
  • Be open to higher levels of communication like telepathy, clairaudience and channelling.
  • Explore ways of connecting with your self creatively eg. dance, painting, the way you dress, cooking etc.
  • Always have the intention of  being open and honest with your communication. Try to keep your communication meaningful and try to not to get involved in gossip and lies.
  • Know that ‘listening’ is just as much a part of communication as talking – practice active listening.
  • Be mindful of the Buddhist precept of wise speech: “Is it true, is it kind, is it necessary, is it the right time?”
  • Experiment with wearing more of the colour blue or bring this colour more into your life.
  • Open yourself to some new and exciting creative projects – it may be as simple as getting creative with your wardrobe or experimenting with a painting or pottery class.
  • Practice listening to your own inner voice!

Try this pose “Plough Pose  – Halasana” to balance your throat chakra.

 

Step-By-Step-Instructions

  1. Start by lying flat on the ground in shava-asana.
  2. Inhale through the nostrils. Place the palms face-down on the floor. Keeping your hips on the floor, gently bend your knees and bring them up toward the stomach while you exhale at the same time.
  3. Inhale again, then exhale and raise your legs straight up perpendicular to the floor. You can support your hips with your hands or leave the arms flat on the floor, whichever is most comfortable for you.
  4. As you exhale continue to raise the legs over your head, bending them at the waist. Lift your spine and buttocks until the toes touch the floor directly at the back of your head. Keep your feet together. You have the option to either support your lower back with your hands OR  you can stretch your arms  out in front interlacing the fingers and pressing the palms away. Note if you are unable to comfortably place the arms on the floor, please continue to support the lower back with your hands.
  5. Keep the knees straight if you can. Breath slowly through the nostrils and hold the posture for several minutes. If you cannot touch the floor with your toes that’s ok, just hold them as close to the floor as possible and continue to exert effort to lower them.
  6. When you feel ready to move out of the post, slowly reverse the steps to return back to shava-asana.

Cautions

  • This pose should not be performed by women who are menstruating, as is the case with all inverted postures (where the legs are raise over the head).
  • Neck or back problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Eye or inner ear infection
  • Asthma
  • Pregnancy
  • Diarrhea
  • Halasana is considered an intermediate to advanced posture. If you are a beginner use some folded blankets underneath your shoulders which will help to support your spine.

I hope that you’ve found this post useful on the throat chakra and I hope that it has given you some clarity on how to balance this very important energy center.

Remember when your Throat Chakra is in balance you will be able to communicate and express yourself more easily, clearly and freely. You will realize that you can trust your inner voice and speak your truths. You will be able to clearly receive inspiration and inspire those around you.

I’d love to hear what’s worked for you in balancing your throat chakra.

Be kind, be courageous, be yourself.

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