Day 5: Throat Chakra
By aligning our first four chakras, we now understand our true selves, but in order to speak our truth, we need to align the throat chakra (vishuddha). The throat chakra represents the the bridge between emotions (heart) and wisdom (third eye).
In Sanskrit vishuddha means purification, meaning we want to express our pure thoughts, rather than deceive ourself or others. Communication is not only speaking, but also facial expressions, artistic expressions, body language, singing, and more.
Throat CHAKRA CHARACTERISTICS
Color: Light blue
Affected by: Communication and expression
When balanced you feel: Able to speak your truth, true to yourself
When imbalanced you feel: Unable to express your true feelings, unable to listen, overly talkative, overly critical, prone to lying
Bija mantra: “HUM”
GUIDED MEDITATION (~5 MINS)
Today’s practice will focus on breathing exercises and chanting to active our ears and throat.
Come to a comfortable seat and close your eyes. Activate your breath by constricting the back of your throat to create a deep, ocean-like sound. This is ujjayi breath or victorious breath.
Take ten breaths like this.
Now, on your next exhale, open your eyes, stick your tongue and let out a big sigh for lion’s breath.
Inhale, close your eyes. Exhale, stick your tongue, open your eyes wide and sigh let it out. Repeat one more time.
Return to your ujjayi breathing here. We’ll now turn to listening to the sound of HUM for another 3 minutes. You can close your eyes and simply listen or chant along if you feel comfortable.
Source: HUM track sourced from Meditative Mind on YouTube
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE Throat CHAKRA
Everyday ways to connect:
Singing, chanting, humming
Journaling (writing your beliefs out)
Ujjayi breathing (ocean-like breathing)
Practice poses that activate your thyroids to balance the throat chakra
Simhasana (Lion’s breath)
Setu bandha sarvangasana (shoulder stand)
Foods that nourish:
Blue foods (blueberries, blackberries)
Soothing foods and liquids (honey, coconut water, herbal teas, lemon)