The Throat Chakra: Your Hormones, Communication and Overall Wellbeing

The Throat Chakra:  Your Hormones, Communication and Overall Wellbeing

Chakras

Chakras are energy centers in our bodies. There are seven main chakras in the body which run along a line from the coccyx to the tip of the crown. They exist both within the real body and within the subtle body, the energy layer of the body. The throat chakra is the fifth one along and located, as the name would suggest, in the throat. 

The Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra, known as Vishuddha, is located right where the thyroid is. As a result, it is associated with the endocrine system. The endocrine system is responsible for how we metabolize food and our energy levels and so is vital to our wellbeing. Yoga poses that work with the throat chakra can stimulate the thyroid and are great if you have any thyroid issues, such as Hashimoto’s disease. The throat chakra is also seen as the center of communication. If you are having issues with communication in your life, fighting with someone or having difficulty expressing your emotions, working with the throat chakra, through yoga poses, meditation, mantras and gemstones, can really work wonders. It is not only for communication with others, but also with the self, sitting right between the head and the heart, this chakra is a way to bridge the two.

Connecting with the Throat Chakra:

Mantras/Affirmations

There are some great specific mantras or affirmations you can use to help you connect with your throat chakra. To enhance the effectiveness of these sacred words, while repeating them focus your attention on the area from just under your jawline, right up until the top of your chest and towards the back of your neck. Imagine a swirling energy center there that is blue in color (the color of the throat chakra). Some specific mantras include:

  • So Hum (in to ‘So’, exhale to ‘Hum): This mantra means ‘I am that’ and is associated with self-acceptance, perfect for balancing the throat chakra.
  • Hum: Similar to So Hum, but you can just exhale and chant ‘Hum’ holding the chant for the entire exhale. Stretching the exhale out as much as possible is a fantastic way to let the vibrations resonate throughout your whole body.

Yoga Poses

There are lots of yoga poses that can help stimulate the throat chakra. Basically anything that involves twisting the neck, or that is centered on the throat, will help balance the throat chakra.

Poses to stimulate the throat chakra include:

  • Fish Pose (Matsyasana): A simple and easy pose, with this throat chakra yoga pose, you open the front of your neck. Feel free to take any variation you feel comfortable with or use any props to make yourself more comfortable. While in this pose, feel the power of self-expression in your throat.
  • Shoulderstand (Sarvangasana): This pose is an inversion, where the front of the neck is being gently massaged. While lying on your back, place your hands on your lower back and elevate your legs to the sky, with the weight of the body on the shoulders. Be careful not to move your neck in this pose. Feel free to take any variation you feel comfortable with or use any props (such as a blanket underneath your hips) to make yourself more comfortable. Legs Up The Wall is a lovely, restorative alternative, that will be much more gentle on the neck.
  • Plow Pose (Halasana): This can be quite an intense pose. It often follows from shoulderstand, where they feet fall forwards to behind the head. Take great care with the neck here and only go as far as you feel comfortable. For those whose bodies allow them to get into this pose, it compresses the area around the neck and throat to stimulate the throat chakra. When you come out of this pose, the fresh rush of blood to the area cleanses and refreshes it.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are another way to connect with the chakras. There is a range of different oils that are specific to the throat chakra and can be used when working with this area of the body. You can rub a small amount of essential oil on the throat (be careful as many essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil first). You can also burn these oils in a diffuser. Specific essential oils for the throat chakra include:

  • Basil
  • Peppermint or Spearmint
  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Cypress

Feel free to mix some of these are well, to make a special throat chakra blend. Basil and chamomile go really well together, as do peppermint and spearmint. Be creative and experiment with your own blends.

Gemstones

The color of the throat chakra is blue and so the gemstones that are associated with it are also blue. They include:

  • Aquamarine
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Celestite
  • Blue Sapphire
  • Turquoise
  • Azurite

Aquamarine in particular can be used to cleanse the throat chakra. Crystals or beads can be placed nearby to focus your attention on while meditating on the throat chakra. You may like to focus on parts of the throat chakra you want to work on, such as an issue of communication or perhaps argument you have had with someone. The color of aquamarine is very calming and can help you focus on a solution.

Gemstones, essential oils, yoga poses and mantras are all tools to help us connect with our throat chakra. You can be creative as to how you use them. Try linking a mantra to pranayama, to fuse yoga with mantra or wearing a gemstone that has been rubbed with essential oil on a day when you know you are going to have a difficult conversation. Use these tools to connect with the throat chakra in any way you can, to improve your communication with others and yourself, to nourish your endocrine system and improve your health and overall wellbeing.


Yogini Soul Staff Writer: Stephanie JohnsonStephanie Johnson, CYI, Yogini Soul Staff Writer, is an elementary school teacher, yoga teacher, meditation student and writer. She is looking for ways to explore this beautiful, crazy life that we have been gifted and to live it with meaning. Stephanie fell in love with yoga as a teenager and has since traveled across the globe in search of gaining knowledge and experiences to deepen her understanding of yoga, from her home country of Australia, to India and across Asia, to Chile, in South America, where she now lives with her partner and two sons. Connect with her on Instagram.

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