Is it Kind, Is it True, Is It Necessary?
When exploring your 5th chakra, you walk a fine line between speaking honestly from your heart and not hurting others.
If you have spent a good part of your life holding your tongue or feeling that lump in your throat because you are unable to speak up, you might be experiencing an imbalance in your throat chakra. On the other hand, if you are like many people and you gossip or tell fibs, you could also be experiencing an imbalance in your throat chakra. Imbalances in this Vishuddhi chakra , which means purity in Sanscript, can affect how you communicate with the world. It is, as www.crystalvault.com explains, “the voice of the body. … the pressure valve that allows the energy from the other chakras to be expressed.” When it is in balance you can express “Your truth” and align your words with your “Purpose”.
From a purely physical stand point, imbalances in the 5th chakra, the throat, can manifest itself in the following disorders– sore throats, ear and tooth aches, coughs and colds, stiff necks and headaches. For many years, this was the chakra most out of balance for me. When I did a lot of soul searching and work, I realized there were a number of factors–first, I was a school teacher and I often felt like my students and my own children were not listening and secondly, I often felt misunderstood by my friends and colleagues because I was so blunt. This chakra which is about “purity, honesty and clarity and knowing what matters to you,” according to consciouslifenews.com, is a filtering system for what is going on in your lower chakras. (see earlier post). In working with my own throat chakra issues and helping my students balance theirs, I offer two different essential oil blends — lavender blended with coconut oil, if they feel anxious about speaking their truth and an eucalyptus blend if they feel like they need to do less gossiping or be mindful of hurtful language.
We explore the throat chakra through a variety of poses.
You can either begin in a seated pose with your hips elevated to stretch out your neck (see mini YouTube Lesson) or you can do a standing neck release series (see YouTube Mini Lesson on Bikram Style Neck Release). If you have low back issues, I recommend starting in standing rather than sitting. We will explore several types of shoulder releases — including cow face arms and eagle arms. Be sure to do both sides. Many of the poses in this series will look familiar however, the focus will be on the neck and upper back. Then work to the floor. (see YourTube Video Mini Lesson) In preparation for extended hand to toe pose (Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana), we will warm this pose up on the floor using a strap. Stretch your left leg on the floor and flex the foot as if you are standing on that foot. Using a strap in your right hand and around your right ball of your foot, raise the leg to the sky and straighten it. You may draw that foot off to the right side, but be sure, to maintain your left hip firmly planted on the ground. In other words, don’t go too far off to the right. Come back to the center and leave your leg up while letting go of your strap. Lower the leg and rest. Repeat the entire sequence to the other side. Gently roll over and work your way safely up to standing (See Video on Yoga Foward Folds done Safely). Practice two to three rounds of a sun salutation using the chin, chest, belly pose to transition from plank to cobra. Then working your way back to down dog and safely to standing. (See video for the throat chakra sunsalutations.) We are now ready to do the extended hand to big toe series . I modify these poses because of my own body limitations. This series is also an excellent way to strengthen your arms and work on your balance. We will repeat three times– each time making it a bit more challenging. At any time feel free to do the earlier version of the pose. Stand straight and tall and put your weight on your left foot, lifting your right knee and holding it with your right hand. After a few breaths, bring your knee out to the right side however, do not go behind your normal range of motion. Bring it back to the center and hold the knee up without your hand. Change sides and repeat. Second round… using the strap around the ball of your foot bring your right leg up extending in front. Hold the strap just in your right hand. Keep your spine long. Bring that leg out to the right side and back and then release the strap and hold your leg in place for at least two breaths. Repeat to the other side. The full version of extended hand to big foot is not in my range, but it looks like the image in picture . If you are doing full extended hand to big toe pose make sure to keep your spine long and do both sides. (click here for a quick video of this routine)
Our remaining poses will be done on the floor on our back. We will do either plow or modified shoulder stand. Follow that up with fish pose. Once again, I modify the pose. Bridge pose with your head tilted back making a second bridge under your head and finally legs up in the air or against a wall. (see YouTube Video) Before going into Shavassana, I introduce my students to two interesting ways of working the throat Chakra. From a seated position, we practice lion’s breath, which looks exactly as it sounds. You take a deep inhale in and then when you exhale you roar like a lion releasing your neck and sticking out your tongue. Finally as we prepare for our meditation, we will practice the Jalandara Bandha, the throat lock, in which you inhale deeply and then hold your breath focusing on sealing off your throat Release your breath and inhale and exhale normally. Complete three rounds of this practice and then breath normally as we prepare to chant Hum, the seed sound for the throat Chakra and visualize the color blue. Affirmations for the throat chakra can include
Throat Chakra Affirmations
I am open, clear, and honest in my communication.
I have a right to speak my truth.
I communicate my feelings with ease.
I express myself creatively through speech, writing, or art.
I have a strong will that lets me resolve my challenges.
I nourish my spirit through creativity.
I live an authentic life.
I have integrity.
I love to share my experiences and wisdom.
I know when it is time to listen.
I express my gratitude towards life.
I listen to my body and my feelings to know what my truth is.
I take good care of my physical body.
I am at peace.
I wish you health and joy in your day. Namaste, Andrea
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