The fifth chakra, your throat chakra is one of seven energy centers around your body. The chakras are wheels of energy throughout the body and are where matter and consciousness meet. You can balance all of your chakras with various yoga poses. The throat chakra or vishuddha in Sanskrit is driven by communication and expression, according to Chakras Info. It is important to balance your throat chakra, and certain yoga poses will help with this.
Your Throat Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Vishuddha meaning pure or purification
Location: This chakra encompasses the throat in the front and back of your body. The throat chakra is also related to the mouth, jaws, tongue, pharynx, palate, and thyroid
Element: Related to the element of sound, the throat chakra involves the whole body as the vibration of sound can be heard in the ears and felt all over the body.
Color: Aquamarine or turquoise
Symbol: A circle with sixteen petals and a downward pointing triangle with a circle inside of it.
Behavioral Characteristics: Expressing your truth, speaking out, verbal and non-verbal communication, and creating and projecting ideas into reality. Often seen as a bottleneck in the movement of energy through the chakras, the throat chakra is closely tied with your spirit, allowing you to bridge vision and reality in your life.
When Imbalanced: An overactive throat chakra may cause you to speak too much, to not listen well to others, and to be unable to keep secrets. An under-active or blocked throat chakra can manifest as insecurity, introversion, and shyness.
Yoga Poses to Balance Your Throat Chakra
You can keep balance in your throat chakra by practicing the following asanas:
- Bitliasana (Cow Pose): From a cross-legged and seated position, bring your hands to the knees and as you arch your spine, look up, and inhale. Your spine should make the same shape that it would in a backbend.
- Marjaryasana (Cat Pose): From Bitliasana, exhale and hollowing the front of your body as you pull your navel inwards towards your spine. The combination of Bitliasana and Marjaryasana works the spine and creates compression-and-release action in the throat.
- Ashtanga Namaskar (Knees-Chest-Chin): This pose makes eight points of contact with the earth and originates from the Indian sage Pantajali’s Yoga Sutra texts that outline the eight limbs of yoga. In this pose, the eight points of contact are the chin, chest, hands, knees, and feet. Keep your rear high as your eight contact points touch the earth. Breath into the pose as it opens and stretches the throat.
- Matsyendrasana (Fish Pose): Start in a supine position squeeze your arms together as you bring your hands under your sit bones. As your breathe into your chest opening towards the sky, slowly let the top of your head touch the earth, opening your throat.
- Halasana (Plow Pose): Halasana begins in a supine position. Draw your knees into your chest and slowly lift your hips over your shoulders. If it is in your practice, extend your legs, allowing your feet to touch the floor. Throughout this pose, open the back of the throat and compress the front of the throat,
- Bhujangasana (Baby Cobra Pose): Lay on your stomach and place your arms under your shoulders as you tuck your elbows in close to your ribs. Inhale, and raise your head and chest from the mat. You can take this to full cobra by lifting your chest and head higher as you straighten your elbows.
- Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand): This inversion is a great way to increase circulation in your throat. Lay on your back and lift your legs into the air while you flex your feet. Bring your torso off the mat and use your arms under your lumbar spine to support your lower back.
- Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose): This restorative pose is the perfect ending to a series of yoga poses to balance your throat chakra. Place a yoga block about six inches from the wall and bring your sacrum to the block. Your spine should hug the floor and as you extend your feet up the wall. Once here, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
Another popular practice to bring balance to the throat chakra is to practice pranayama breathing. Specifically, Ujjayi Pranayama is a great way to bring energy and balance to your throat chakra. From a seated position, inhale and exhale and slightly contract the back of your throat. This constriction is similar to when you whisper and you should notice your breath making a sound like ocean waves.
Keeping the chakras balanced is critical to keeping strong energy working throughout your body. This impacts not only your physical health but will also positively help your emotional wellbeing.