Vissudha: Our Throat Chakra

Pure Communication

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Location Associated Nerve Bundle Element Purpose Color Identity
Throat Pharyngeal plexus Sound Communication/Creativity Bright Blue Creative

 

images-2We have the right to speak our truth.  The fifth chakra, our throat chakra, is about creatively communicating what has heart and meaning for us.

When our throat chakra is in balance we are able to express ourselves with a resonant voice. We have a good sense of timing and rhythm and communicate clearly. We are good listeners. We live creative lives. What does it mean to live a creative life?

 

When our throat chakra is deficient, we may have a fear of speaking or have difficulty putting feelings into words. It’s possible we’ll feel introverted. We might lack a sense of rhythm or may even be tone deaf.  In excess, we talk too much or use talking as a defense. We’re unable to listen, may feel compelled to gossip, interrupt others or dominate conversations.

Healing Practices for Balance 

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  • Singing
  • Story telling
  • Automatic writing
  • Non-goal-oriented creativity
  • Loosen neck and shoulders

 

 

Affirmations

Affirmations are positive statements that can reframe our thinking and help us to overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. Affirmations are repeated in the same way that we might do repetitive exercises for our body. Below I’ve listed a few affirmations that may support our throat chakra. You can, of course, create your own affirmation; one that feels resonant and right for you. 

  • I hear and speak the truth
  • I express myself with clear intent
  • Creativity flows in and through me

 

Mudra

Unknown-2A mudra is a hand gesture that increases our ability to focus and may also energize specific areas in the body. Granthita Mudra – sometimes called the Knot Mudra – is one that may benefit the health of our throat chakra by unraveling any knots and encouraging open communication. 

  • Interlace your fingers
  • Press the index fingers to your thumbs
  • Raise your hands to your throat

But  not all mudras are still. Some, like the Brahma Mudra, include movement and sound. Thanks to physician/yoga teacher Baxter Bell and his blog Yoga for Healthy Aging we can add the Brahma Mudra to our practice:

Instructions for Practicing Brahma Mudra

1. Take a comfortable seat, either on the floor or on a chair. Sit with good posture and your face forward, and close your eyes.

2. Inhale slowly (over 4-6 seconds) as you slowly turn your head to the right.

3. Exhale slowly (over 4-6 seconds) and make the sound “ah” as you slowly turn your head to center.

4. On your next slow inhalation, slowly turn your head to left.

5. On your slow exhalation, make the sound “uuu” as you slowly turn your head to center.

6. On your next slow inhalation, slowly tip your head back (keep the back of your neck long).

7. On your slow exhalation, make the sound “eee” as you slowly tip your head back to center.

8. On your next slow inhalation, slowly tip your head down, bringing your chin towards chest.

9. On your slow exhalation, make the sound “mmm” as you slowly bring head to center.

Repeat the Brahma mudra for 3-12 rounds.

Asana

Simple neck stretches, practiced thoughtfully and with intention, support the balance of our throat chakra by keeping the muscles in our neck supple and strong. 

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Creative Expression

Our throat chakra is fundamentally about speaking our truth and holding space for others to do the same. Sometimes it can be  difficult to accept that our stories are worthy of being heard. The following suggestions may support our journey toward self-expression.

  • Sing!
  • Active listening. Practice this with a partner. One person is Speaker. The other Listener. Set a timer for ten minutes. The person chosen to be Speaker talks about whatever topic they want to for ten minutes. The person  chosen to be Listener will hear that person and will not interrupt. At the end of ten minutes the roles reverse.images-4
  • Automatic writing. Set a timer for ten minutes and without thinking or getting to much “in your head” begin to write. See what comes up for you.

 

 

 

Resources

  • Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide by Andrea Olsen
  • Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith

©2018 Mimm Patterson for Artfully Twisted™