The Throat Chakra - How to balance the fifth chakra
The Throat Chakra is often associated with self-expression, communication, creativity, and truth-telling wisdom.
When you have an unbalanced Throat Chakra, it can manifest as tension or an inability to express oneself physically or emotionally. If we’re not speaking our truth, it can continue to build up inside us resulting in outbursts or negative behaviors, causing problems for ourselves or others around us.
There are several reasons why the Throat Chakra could become unbalanced. Trauma, abuse, neglect, false communication, perfectionism, and critical judgment of ourselves or others are just a few things that could knock this chakra off balance.
Fear of speaking our truth, especially if taken too far, can cause us to become emotionally shut off entirely.
With a balanced Throat Chakra, we can be true to ourselves and others without feeling trapped. We can be heard and listen when others need to be heard. We can speak our truth easily and confidently to live a more fulfilled life overall.
There are many ways to balance the Throat Chakra depending on each person's journey and unique circumstances. Let's explore a few ways we can do just that.
What are chakras?
The chakras circulate prana or chi through the body. The word "prana" has been translated from Sanskrit as "life force." This force gives us our individual life and sustains our physical and spiritual health. The chakras correspond to specific organs and bodily functions such as the heart, lungs, reproductive organs, spine, and nervous system.
What is the Throat Chakra?
The Throat Chakra is the fifth of these energy centers and is associated with the color blue. Also referred to as the Vishuddha Chakra or Fifth Chakra, the element it is connected with is Ether. Ether symbolizes an empty space or vacuum - it's omnipresent and it's this space that allows us to be open and honest in our lives.
The Vishuddha is responsible for communication skills, artistic expression, self-expression, and self-confidence.
This chakra works hand-in-hand with the Heart Chakra by encouraging us to express our emotions openly. When they are both balanced, we can be truthful without fear of reprisal or judgment. The more creative expression you have available to you, the more flexibility you have in communication and self-expression.
It is also an important chakra for spiritual development, communication with others, and self-expression. Balancing the energy in this chakra, can help you to work through issues in your relationships with others.
Where is the Throat Chakra located?
The Throat Chakra is the bridge between our physical life and our spiritual life. It is situated around the neck and throat. It is one of the major energy points of the body, between the Third Eye Chakra and Heart Chakra.
Signs of a blocked Throat Chakra
If this chakra center is imbalanced it could show up as shyness or issues with communication. This can lead to feelings of isolation and inauthenticity. This imbalance can also cause physical issues such as a runny nose, throat and neck pain, thyroid issues, colds that come on stronger than normal, hoarseness, and a sore throat due to anxiety or stress symptoms.
Many of us have experienced difficulty expressing ourselves at some point in our lives. If this has happened to you, it is likely due to a blockage of the Throat Chakra.
Other signs can include:
- An inability to express your personal truth
- A tendency to lie
- Difficulty asserting oneself
- Criticism of yourself and others
- A habit of offending others
- Poor listening skills
- Difficulty keeping your word
What causes an overactive or underactive Throat Chakra?
An overactive or underactive Throat Chakra is usually the result of our personal experiences and external circumstances. For example, if we’re surrounded by people that are constantly changing their minds or making excuses, this can seriously affect us. Likewise, if we consistently hear lies on a daily basis or we're in a position where we’re not able to speak the truth, this can also negatively impact the Throat Chakra.
It can also be caused by emotional issues such as feeling overwhelmed, anxious or fearful.
It is possible to have an overactive Throat Chakra if your life is too fast-paced. If you never slow down, don't take time to connect with others, and push yourself too much, it can cause this center to become blocked.
For whatever reason, if you are dealing with an overactive or underactive Throat Chakra, there are steps you can take to heal this energy center which we cover later in this article.
Symptoms of the Throat Chakra opening
When the Vishuddha is opening, there are certain symptoms you may experience. These are some of the most common ones:
- Improved communication skills
- Ability to express emotions openly and honestly
- Increased creative energy
- Improved listening skills
- Improved self-expression
- Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
- More peace of mind and less anxiety
- Reduced sensitivity to criticism and judgment from others
- Inner happiness and contentment
- Increased sensitivity and awareness about feelings in the body
As this center opens, you can also find more confidence and will find yourself speaking up more often. You won't feel as embarrassed or inhibited about expressing yourself. If you have been holding back for fear of getting hurt, this could be your chance to gain the courage to truly be yourself.
How to heal your Throat Chakra
Once you understand the root cause of a Throat Chakra blockage, it is a lot easier to go about healing it.
There are lots of different ways to heal your chakras. Let's take a look at some of the most popular techniques for healing your Throat Chakra.
Throat Chakra Oils
Using pure essential oils to unblock chakras is an uplifting and soothing way to heal these energy centers. Some aromatherapy oils are particularly good for the Throat Chakra, the most popular ones include:
- Ylang Ylang
It's up to you how you use essential oils - you can either add a couple of drops to an oil burner or purifier, or you could apply some to your pulse points or the location of the chakra. You can also look out for chakra candles containing essential oils.
Essential oils can be very potent so remember to dilute them with a carrier oil before applying them directly to the skin.
Throat Chakra guided meditation
Guided meditation is a great way to heal any aspect of your life, as it helps you find the peace and clarity needed to address your inner emotions.
Why not check out our guide to healing your chakras with meditation. You can also find free guided meditation clips on YouTube.
Another option would be to purchase a guided meditation CD or download one from an online store such as Amazon.
Throat Chakra stones and crystals
Using precious stones and crystals is another great way to work on your chakras.
You might find it a bit challenging to choose the right one for you since there are so many options out there, so we've selected the top ones below that are well known for healing issues associated with the Throat Chakra:
Blue Calcite - Helps to release negative energy so you can enjoy the gift of creativity, peace, and happiness.
Turquoise - Helps to promote mental relaxation and communication.
Blue Apatite - Soothes and calms your mind, allowing for open and honest communication with others.
Blue Quartz - Attracts positive energy your way, increases your sense of self-worth, and lifts your mood by removing negative attitudes.
Aquamarine - This is a wonderful stone that helps you find inner peace on many different levels, helping to bring confidence and self-acceptance.
You can find some more suggestions in our guide to the best crystals for chakra healing.
Yoga poses and asanas for the Throat Chakra
Asanas or yoga poses are also another great way to heal the Throat Chakra. Yoga is a practice that promotes balance within the mind, body, and spirit. It is an excellent tool to try when you’re dealing with any kind of physical or emotional issues.
Make sure you only choose gentle asanas that won't aggravate the condition of this chakra center. Here are a few poses and asanas that can help:
Balasana (Child's Pose) - This pose is considered to be very effective in healing throat chakra issues and helps to open your throat for better expression of yourself.
Virasana (Hero’s Pose) - This yoga pose is good for calming the mind and relieving tension in the neck.
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) - This pose helps to stretch the muscles of your back and can help to heal your lower throat.
Marjaryasana III (Seated Wide-Legged Forward Bend) - A good pose for releasing stress from your body and opening up your Throat Chakra.
Bhujangasana II (Cobra Pose) - This pose helps to release stress from your physical body and improves the circulation of the throat chakra.
Throat Chakra mudras
Using mudras is another way to restore balance in your Throat Chakra. Mudras are the hand gestures that are often used in Yoga to help focus the mind and channel energy. By mimicking the motions of these hand gestures, you can also help to heal and balance your Throat Chakra.
Here are a few mudras and techniques that you can try:
- Mudra II (Bending Forward) - This position combines hand gestures with full body movement and it is a good technique to use when you find yourself struggling with low energy or feeling blocked in your Throat Chakra. Bending forward helps to open up the throat so that it can communicate with other people more effectively.
- Mudra III (Wrist Gestures) - Wrist gestures help to open up the throat chakra when you find yourself struggling with low energy levels. By moving your wrist in a circular motion, you are able to work on promoting a balanced flow of energy.
- Mudra IV (Rubbing the Shoulder Area) - This position soothes the shoulders, stimulating the nerves of your Throat Chakra.
Throat Chakra affirmations
Affirmations are a great way to lift up your mood and allow you to start living your life to the fullest. When you have a blocked Throat Chakra, it is important to speak out your feelings and channel them through creative means.
Affirmations allow you to relieve any stress or anxiety you might feel so that you can get back on the right track.
If you're feeling down, anxious or just generally not in the best mood, there are certain affirmations that you can recite to help lift your mood and heal the Throat Chakra, such as:
“I believe that every thought I have serves a purpose.”
“I love opening my heart and letting people into my world.”
Saying affirmations involves vocalizing your emotions so you get more comfortable saying how you think and feel out-loud. Repeating affirmations regularly will help you become more at ease with your inner emotions and be able to speak your truth more easily.
A healthy Throat Chakra will give you a sense of confidence about yourself and allow you to express yourself freely with others. Healing and balancing any chakra is an ongoing process which takes time.
Don't be afraid to mix and match different healing techniques until you find the right combinations that work for you and which you can adopt in your life on a long term basis.
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