Throat Chakra Healing Guide | Vishuddha Chakra

Author: Jessica Tracy

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What is the main difference between the human being and all other beings on our planet?

We have all received a very unique gift, which gives us power to communicate with others and express our individuality.

This is gift is our authentic voice and the ability to speak the truth.

The throat chakra holds the key to unlocking this unique gift.
Balanced and healthy blue chakra will allow you to to express yourself with clarity and in a creative way.

Would you like to know how to claim this beautiful gift?
Do you want to know how to heal and open your first gateway to higher spirtual realms?

In this article, I'm going to help you to awaken "The Speaker" within you and show you some of the best ways to heal your blocked throat chakra.

Let's begin!


Article Contents

1. What Is The Throat Chakra?
2. What Is The Function of Throat Chakra?
3. What Does The Throat Chakra Represent? 
4. Why Is The Throat Chakra Blue?
5. What Are The Main Signs Of Imbalanced Throat Chakra?
6. Throat Chakra Blockage
7. Throat Chakra Healing 
8. How Do I Open My Throat Chakra?
- Throat Chakra Sound Therapy Exercises
    > Use Your Own Voice
    > Listen
- Throat Chakra Affirmations
- Throat Chakra Yoga Poses and Neck Exercises
- Throat Chakra Breathing Exercises
   > Breath of Fire

   > Lions Breath
   > Alternate Nostril Breathing
- Throat Chakra Meditation
- Throat Chakra Stones and Crystals
- Healing Throat Chakra with Food
- Healing Throat Chakra with Essential Oils
9. Throat Chakra Opening Symptoms
10. References


  

What Is The Throat Chakra? 

Throat chakra is the 5th energy center from the bottom, located at the neck, in the region of the cervical vertebrae, and it reaches from shoulders all the way up to medulla oblongata (part of the brainstem). 

Healthy throat chakra vibrates to the color of blue, with ether (space) as its dominant element. 

The Sanskrit name for a throat chakra is ‘vishuddha’, which means “purification”, as it is where higher spiritual energy is channelled into physical body.

The body requires a certain degree of purification in lower chakras, in order to activate the fifth chakra successfully. 

Bharatisthana (“God of the Speech”) is another name for this chakra.

Throat Chakra Vishuddha Chakra Symbol and Characteristics

What Is The Function of Throat Chakra?

Some of the main functions of throat chakra are communication, purification, creativity and expressing your authenticity.

Throat chakra is the center of sound and speech.

However, the most important aspect about the Throat Chakra function is not how you speak, but what you speak and how truthful your words are.
In other words, this chakra holds your ability to fearlessly communicate your authentic self.

Healthy throat chakra will allow you to express yourself and speak the truth from the place of integrity.

What’s the bottom line?

Communication through sound can be perceived as your first gateway to transcend the limitations of the physical body.

Your ability to communicate things clearly can determine the quality of experiences in your life.

Throat Chakra Communication

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What Does The Throat Chakra Symbol Represent?

Throat chakra symbol is represented by a bright, blue lotus with 16 petals, decorated by all vowels of the Sanskrit language

In the center of the lotus there is downward-facing triangle with a circle inside of it, representing the element of space (ether) and a syllable 'HAM' हं, known as throat chakra Bija Mantra.

The deity identified with Throat Chakra is Sadashiva, a god/goddess normally dressed in a tiger skin with five heads (representing 5 elements) and ten arms.
Sadashiva is an expression of the Yin and Yang equilibrium and eternal purity.

Throat Chakra Deity Sadashiva with Vishuddha Symbol

Why Is The Throat Chakra Blue?

Blue color represents freedom, purity, loyalty, imagination, clarity, confidence and trust.

Blue is regarded to be a color of the spirit and it is believed to have beneficial impact on the body and mind.

Blue color is also cooling in nature, therefore it will allow you to feel calmer, more peaceful and balanced whenever you express yourself.

The element associated with throat chakra is space and the biggest open spaces on our planet (sky and sea) are blue.

Blue Chakra Throat Chakra Color Meaning

What Are The Main Signs Of Imbalanced Throat Chakra?

One of the main signs of imbalance in your throat chakra is inability to express yourself and overall feeling of inadequacy.

The archetype of the person with closed throat chakra is known as the ‘Silent Child'.
Silent Child doesn’t believe that his/her ideas, views or opinions are valuable to the collective.

This archetype hangs on to its emotions and does not publicly expose its intense pain, hurt and anger.

It suppresses that which is too frightening or unpleasant to say, due to feelings of fear and shame.

Silent Child sometimes channels this negative energy into artistic and creative endeavours. 

Imbalance in Throat Chakra can be also created through substance abuse.

Drugs, cigarettes, alcohol and large quantities of food can be very harmful for vishuddha, as all of these substances have to pass through the narrow space of the throat.

Take a moment and read through some of the questions below.
It will help you to determine whether your Throat chakra is out of balance:  

  • Do you often feel threatened by opposing views and belief systems?
  • Do you disapprove other people views, just because you have the right to?
  • Do you seek approval of others when you express yourself?
  • Are you able to share your views and opinions and completely detach from negative reaction of others?
  • Are you sometimes afraid of being rejected and punished by others?
  • Do you struggle with public speaking?
  • Do you find it difficult to let go of the past and forgive?
  • Are you the person who escapes the reality through addictions and substance abuse?
  • Do you like to gossip and complain?
  • Do you often doubt yourself?
  • Are you doing things in your life because you have to, not because you want to? 

If you answered ‘yes’ to most of these questions, it might be a good time to restore the balance in your throat chakra by bringing more integrity, truth and authenticity into your life.

Throat Chakra Blockage Silent Child Archetype

Throat Chakra Blockage

When your Throat chakra is blocked you will experience symptoms of social anxiety, shyness, lack of faith, inability to trust the others, desperation, mood swings and fear of speaking.

One of the main causes of throat chakra blockage is not thinking, speaking and living in alignment with your true, authentic self. 

Here’s why truth is so important for blocked throat chakra:

When you are not aligned with your core values other people will not see, hear and recognize your internal truth, either. 

If you are unable to intently listen to other people without judgement or you often feel like you are not being heard by the others when you speak, your throat chakra is most likely blocked. 

The throat chakra governs seeking and sharing the truth, therefore it would be very beneficial for you to drop the habit of gossiping and complaining, as these activities are completely out of alignment with your personal truth. 

The main reason why complaining is detrimental for your throat chakra health is because you openly acknowledge that there is something wrong with your reality, and at the same time, you are not doing anything proactive to change it.

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Throat Chakra Healing 

Your throat chakra healing journey should begin with the process of discovering your own purity and your own unique truth.

Once you discovered your own source of authenticity and individuality you can start working on expressing it. 

You can begin by making a clear intention to express and live only in your truth.

I realize that truth is a very ambiguous concept, but you need to ask yourself what it means to you.

If you can’t make any significant progress in opening this energy centre, it might be really helpful to look deep into your childhood and ask yourself these questions: 

  • Have you ever been silenced and ignored when you were young?
  • Have your parents allowed you to speak the truth as a child?

When you wish to heal your throat chakra, you need to be prepared to share your emotions and speak the truth about your suffering.

You can do this with a relative, companion, trained therapist or someone who will be by your side and support you throughout your healing journey.

Throat Chakra Friends Communication Group

How Do I Open My Throat Chakra?

One of the first things you can do is to examine what is preventing your throat chakra from being open

You start by asking yourself few, simple questions:

  • What is blocking and hurting me from expressing myself?
  • What is keeping me from being able to be myself?
  • Why can’t I speak?
  • Why am I not listening?
  • Who doesn’t understand me?
  • What is so terrifying about speaking and hearing the truth?
  • Why don’t I speak and act according to my personal integrity?
  • Why don’t I feel motivated to be creative and original?

Once you understand the root issue of your blocked throat chakra, you can start connecting to the truth in your life. 

Here are some of the best healing methods I have personally tried when I was working on restoring balance in my throat chakra: 

Throat Chakra Sound Therapy Exercises

Throat chakra is associated with the sound, therefore sound therapy is one of the best healing methods you could try. 

There are 2 ways you can approach this type of therapy:

1. USE YOUR OWN VOICE

Some of the best ways to use your own voice are speaking, humming, singing, laughing shouting and saying mantras

Mantra chanting is a great method for balancing the throat chakra and toning up the vocal cords. The sound vibration of the ‘HAM’ mantra directly corresponds to this energy centre.

The best way to chant this seed mantra is to try it at a different pitch levels and determine, which level feels the most cleansing for your throat chakra.

You are looking for a sound which vibrates at the highest frequency and it can be associated with a feeling of release, and opening. 

Another great way to release blocked energy from your throat chakra is singing.
It is a very liberating practice, which many of us perform in the shower or in the car.
If you like to sing, do it more often and maybe even try it with the other people at your next karaoke night. 

If singing is not your thing, try screaming

Screaming is a primal way of coming into touch with the suffering that you have repressed, and which might be consuming you from the inside.

Screaming has a scientifically proven therapeutic value and a potential to release all of the emotional blocks trapped inside your throat chakra. 

If you are worried that people might consider you as a total weirdo, try screaming in a pillow, alone in the car or somewhere remote in the nature.

Shouting Therapy for Throat Chakra

You can also work on your throat chakra through mindful speech.

Every time before you speak, ask yourself these questions in your mind:

  • Is what I am about to say the truth?
  • Is it necessary for me to say this?
  • Why is it necessary to say it?
  • Is what I am about to say hurtful or harmful?

With that in mind, you can practice to speak openly, honestly and respectfully with others on a regular basis. 

Lastly, let’s not forget about the importance of listening in communication.
Active listening is a sign of respect for another person.
It can create strong relationships and is an invaluable communication skill.

Let me give you few quick tips on how to become a great listener:

  • Make eye contact
  • Face the speaker
  • Stay present and focus on what is being said
  • Nod your head
  • Wait for the speaker to stop before speaking
  • Repeat back what you heard
  • Ask questions 

2. LISTEN

Sound and vibration are the essence of throat chakra, therefore sound healing therapy is a fantastic way of working with your 5th chakra.

Sound healing is a practice used for thousands of years which uses a variety of sounds, rhythms and frequencies for healing made through:

  • Vocal toning
  • Drumming
  • Tuning Forks
  • Didgeridoo
  • Gongs
  • Windchimes
  • Singing Bowls
  • And many other instruments 

Because all sounds exist at various frequencies and your body emits its own waves too, sound therapy works by matching these waves together and synchronizing your brain (for example binatural beats). 

There are music and sound frequencies, which are created specifically to open up this energy centre.

Sounds tuned to the frequency of 384Hz and 741Hz are believed to be most beneficial for throat chakra healing.

Sound Therapy for Blocked Throat Chakra

Throat Chakra Affirmations

Try some of these powerful Throat chakra affirmations, which can be used throughout the day, or during your meditation to strengthen this energy centre:

  • I hear and speak the truth
  • The truth sets me free
  • I am open and honest in my communication
  • I live an authentic life
  • I am expressing myself with clear intent and confidence
  • I am an important voice in the world and my voice is heard
  • What I have to say is valuable to others
  • I love to share my experiences and wisdom
  • I know when it is time to listen
  • I am safe and trust others to allow me to express myself truthfully
  • By expressing my truth others find the way to their truth
  • I live in my truth, I communicate my truth, I am the truth

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Throat Chakra Yoga Poses and Neck Exercises

Yoga is a great way to work with your Throat chakra, as certain physical poses (asanas) will allow you open up your shoulders and release the tension from your neck

Yoga also improves the oxygen circulation in your body, as most of the yoga exercises involve working with your breath. 

Some of the best yoga poses to open up your throat chakra include:

  • Neck rolls and neck stretches – these are great warm-up exercises before your yoga session as they reduce the upper back, neck and jaw tension. Any of these areas can contain enormous quantities of stress and require daily stretching.
  • Cat Cow pose (Bitilasana Marjaryasana)     
  • Seated Cat Cow pose (Upavistha Bitilasana Marjaryasana)
  • Fish pose (Matsyasana)
  • Cobra pose (Bhujangasana)
  • Baby Cobra pose (Ardha Bhujangasana)
  • Puppy pose (Uttana Shishosana)

Yoga for Throat Chakra Cobra Pose

Throat Chakra Breathing Exercises

Breath of Fire 

One of the best breathing techniques for your throat chakra is Breath of Fire, also known as Kapalabhati Pranayama.

Breath of fire is a powerful detoxifying breathing technique, which involves series of short and powerful nose inhales (exhale is passive).

Breath of fire is very often performed during kundalini yoga exercises.

It will increase the blood flow to your throat centre, detoxify the body and bring more clarity to your mind. 

Kapalabhati is an intermediate breathing technique and it is not recommended to people with certain health conditions.

Please consult with a physician, or check with qualified yoga instructor before trying this technique. 

Breath of Fire

Lions Breath

Lion’s Breath, also known Simha Pranayama is another powerful breathing technique that can improve blood circulation and strengthen the muscles in your throat. 

Here’s how to do it:

  • Sit down on the knees with your back straight and make yourself comfortable
  • Take a deep breath into the belly
  • Exhale all of the oxygen out of your belly and make an audible ‘Haaaa!” sound
  • Keep your tongue out as far as it reaches during the exhalation
  • Try to keep your eyes focused on your third eye center, between your eyebrows
  • Hold the final position for 20 to 30 seconds before you breathe again
  • Repeat the breath for 3 to 5 rounds, holding the intention to release any toxins from your body and heal your throat chakra

 Lions Breath

Alternate nostril breathing

Alternate nostril breathing, also known as nadi shodana, is a purifying breathing technique used to release trapped energy channels in your body and calm the mind.

Nadi shodana will fill your heart centre with oxygen and allow you to experience gentle, cooling sensation throughout your body.

Here’s how to do alternate nostril breathing:

  1. Sit down with your back straight
  2. Take your index finger and middle finger of your right hand and fold it towards your palm
  3. Use the right thumb to close the right nostril and slowly inhale through the left nostril.
  4. Take a pause after the inhale and seal the left nostril with your ring finger
  5. Slowly exhale through the right nostril
  6. Keep your ring finger in the same place and inhale thought the right side
  7. Seal the right nostril with a thumb and exhale through the left.
  8. Keep your thumb in the same place and inhale through the left nostril

 Alternate Nostril Breathing

Throat Chakra Meditation 

Throat chakra meditation can help you to accelerate the process of purification and healing of this energy centre.

During this mediation you will imagine vibrant, blue color and concentrate on the ether (space) element associated with this chakra

Let’s begin: 

  • Sit down with your back straight and relax your body by taking few deep breaths
  • Once you are fully relaxed, close your eyes and feel the space in the body by slowly moving your attention from the bottom of the body to your head.
  • Start with your feet, then your legs, stomach, chest, arms, throat and finish at the top of your head (this technique is known in meditation as a body scan)
  • Once you have finished with the body scan, start connecting with the space all around your body – begin with your room and start stretching it out in all directions, towards infinity
  • Spend few minutes floating in the vast sea of light, enjoying the silence and bliss of the infinite space
  • As you go deeper into this meditation, gently shift your attention to your throat chakra and imagine a blue circle of energy right in the middle of your throat
  • Keep on breathing into your throat centre and inflate this circle with intentions of truth, authenticity and confidence – feel free to use some of the throat chakra affirmations from this article
  • Enjoy the healing energy which emanates from your throat space and leave all worries behind you
  • Stay in this state for at least few minutes to integrate this transformative energy
  • Finish your meditation by placing the left hand on your chest, and saying the words: “The truth sets me free!

    Throat Chakra Stones and Crystals

    Crystal and gemstones are very useful for healing your throat chakra.

    Some of the best gemstones that will help you to restore balance in your throat centre are: 

    Turquoise – this gorgeous stone will allow you to increase creative energy in your throat chakra. It activates and harmonises the throat chakra to promote the articulation of one’s deepest knowledge. Turquoise can help you to overcome shyness and encourage you to better express yourself in order to contribute to the collective.

    Blue Lace Agate – this soft, blue gemstone is considered to be one of the best communication stones. It will allow you to better express your true feelings to others. It can also help you to think with more clarity and focus on what is most important. 

    Aquamarine – this sparkling, light blue stone can help you to overcome fear of public speaking. Aquamarine activates the throat chakra to its original capacity to express the highest and most genuine truth. It can help you to talk openly and without frustration in tough situations. For both men and women, aquamarine is also an empowerment stone. 

    You can use any these powerful throat chakra stones and crystals by holding them, wearing them in the form of jewelry or simply having them around your house.

    Throat Chakra Stones and Crystals

    Healing Throat Chakra with Food

    Throat chakra is known as your center of purification; therefore various forms of fasting and detoxification techniques are very beneficial for vishuddha.

    If you are new to healing through fasting, you can start by experimenting with intermittent fasting by gradually reducing the number of hours when you consume food.

    Throat chakra is also vital for your connection to food. To a big extent, you experience every meal through the throat chakra, with your senses of smell and taste.

    Saliva in your mouth allows you to break down diverse nutrients, making them available for your stomach.

    Throat chakra governs your ability to choose the right foods for your highest good.

    Some of the most important lessons of your throat chakra when it comes to food are: 

    • Exchange communication with the others during your meals 
    • Aim to eat slower and chew your food
    • Pay attention to your senses during a meal (for example avoid talking while chewing your food)
    • Express your gratitude for a meal
    • Choose only the highest quality ingredients for your meals (organic, locally grown and sourced) 

    Throat chakra main element is ether, therefore best foods to consume are the ones, which bridge the gap between different elements:

    • Sea plants (Water-Earth) - plants such as kelp, dulse or nori are excellent choices for your thyroid health
    • Soups (Earth-Water)  
    • Cold pressed juices (Earth-Water) 
    • Variety of ethnic foods
       

    Throat Chakra Healing Foods and Juices

    Healing Throat Chakra with Essential Oils

    Essential oils are great way of working with ether element of throat chakra. They will stimulate your circulatory system, balance the blood pressure and harmonize the rhythm of your throat. 

    Some of the best essential oils for healing the throat chakra include eucalyptus, peppermint, cypress, sage, jasmine, frankincense and lavender. 

    What’s the best way of using essential oils for blocked chakra?

    One of the best ways of making the most of your essential oil is using diffuser or aroma humidifier which will also create soothing smell in your room and help you resolve any dry skin issues.

    Another great way of using any of the throat chakra essential oils is to apply them directly onto your skin or having a relaxing foot massage.

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    Throat Chakra Opening Symptoms

    Your throat chakra will begin to open when you start living an authentic life, stand by your word with integrity and say what you feel.

    When you finally discover your truth, you will realize that you begin to act as a catalyst to awaken other people to their authenticity.

    People with fully developed throat chakras have access to few more throat chakra gifts, such as telepathy (communication across time and space), clairaudience and channelling.

    So, how is your throat chakra healing journey going?

    Your voice is important, let us know in the comments below!

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