This week we take a look at Vishuddha, the fifth chakra. Anahata is the bridge from the physical to the ethereal and Vishuddha is the first of the ethereal or spiritual chakras. Vishuddha is located in the area of the throat and is the place of self-expression and the ability to listen.
Vishuddha (translates “to purify”)
This chakra governs communication including our ability to listen. Vishuddha’s health and openness is essential for our ability to find our voice and speak our truth without the fear of judgement or resentment. We feel confident in our ability to express our thoughts and feelings while cultivating the skill of listening.
Located in the center of the throat, Vishuddha is at the center of the cervical plexus and its energy is deeply connected to the spiritual realm. Here we are able to be truthful and kind with our words, abstaining from gossip or negative speech, and we are open to allow the voice of our Soul to thread through our verbal expressions.
Color is Blue Turqouise
Element is ETHER or SPACE
Bija Mantra is HUM
Musical Note is G
Governs the bodies sense of Respiratory
Within the spine, between collar bone and larynx in the neck
Physiological system: Thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, tongue, larynx
Balancing and opening Vishuddha allows us to express our authentic selves while remaining respectful and considerate. We don’t experience fear of judgement, or not being accepted because we are rooted in our center of being. Our happiness is independent of the opinions of others. We learn to master the balance of expressing ourselves while listening to the feelings of others and we are careful and kind with our words.
Signs of imbalance in Vishuddha
- Difficulty expressing your feelings
- Emotional issues
- Tendency toward gossip and judgment
- Harsh with your words
- Physical issues that manifest in the ear, nose, throat, and respiratory system
- Thyroid issues
Now let’s take a look at some foods and Yoga poses to help open Vishuddha.
- Blue foods
- Foods soothing to throat like soups and sauces
- Fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruit, kiwi, apples, pears, peaches, plums)
- Foods with high water content
- Sea salt
- Sea plants
- Fruit juices
- Halasana (Plow Pose)
- Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
- Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
As I always say, there are many more foods, poses, essential oils, crystals, pranayama, bandhas, etc to help open and balance our chakras. I encourage you to try several and see what resonates with you. Vishuddha responds profoundly to vibration so try humming, singing, or chanting to help open and balance the throat chakra. A very powerful tool is to simply chant the vibration that resonates in Vishuddha of HUM. Sit quietly, eyes closed, take a cleansing breath, inhale deeply and on the exhale chant HUM. Continue this for several rounds feeling the vibrational quality in the throat. It is said that silently chanting a mantra may be even more powerful than an audible chant. I like to chant (whatever it is I’ve chosen to chant) 3 or 9 times out loud and then continue the chant silently until I feel an energetic shift. Remember, what you need each day may be different so it’s important to always arrive at your practice (whether it’s Yoga, pranayama, or chanting) with an open mind and heart allowing what needs to flow through you to do so without judgement or attachment.
Next time, we float to our powerful center of intuition, Ajna.
Okay, Bad Yogis, your turn! Have you had an experience with a chakra feeling blocked or a powerful opening? Share it with us here in the comments below!