Chakra may now be a common term to you and you may even have an understanding of its meaning.
The chakras (meaning wheel or cycle) are culmination points for nadis (channels) of prana sacral chakra(energy or lifeforce). A useful analogy when considering chakras is to envision nadis as highways, filled with cars (prana) and the chakras are the intersections and roundabouts where these highways meet.
The chakras reside on the sushumna nadi, which is the central channel of energy that is aligned with the spinal column.
Let’s look closely at the throat chakra:
This is the centre of physical and spiritual purification and detoxification. Associated with the colour blue (more specifically a smoky purple or lavender grey), it’s where your words of clarity form and is also the space of purity and infinity.
The Vishuddha yantra is generally depicted by a sixteen petalled lotus as well as images of the moon, a circle and a white elephant. Unlike the base chakra’s elephant, this elephant represents a spiritual orientation in the physical life. The circle represents akasha (space or the place where nothing exists). The mantra or seed sound, ham (or hang) associated with this expressive area is said to elevate awareness beyond all physical manifestation.
It’s the seat of sound and is governed by the element of either, which Jung purports to be ‘more volatile than air’ and not too dissimilar to prana. It also looks after our creative expression, communication, dreams, memory, intuition, improvisation, knowledge and self expression. This is where that well know Hindu Goddess, Saraswati, is believed to live.
Physiologically it presides over the lungs, throat, thyroid, hearing/speech organs and cervical spine.
‘We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.’ Epictetus
Do you ever notice tightness or soreness in your throat or the frequent need to clear it? Do you have swallowing troubles or find yourself talking a lot or too little? This could represent an imbalance in your throat chakra. You may also notice the following if this chakra seems out of balance:
- inability to speak up
- unable to speak your truth
- jaw pain
- sore neck
When in harmony this area brings balance, clarity and understanding to situations and perspectives. Having a deep awareness and understanding of this area helps us to really learn to listen to ourselves first and foremost and then you can really hear others.
Vishuddha dictates a sort of higher discrimination – that facility to choose between “right” and “wrong” or more directly interpreted, “nectar” and “poison”; “nectar” being what sweetens and helps you grow and “poison” analogous to something that hinders and stunts your health and growth. Yogis can look toward the yamas and niyamas for guidance on their personal code of right and wrongs.
‘The truth needs so little rehearsal.’ Barbara Kingsolver
What you can do to bring your throat chakra into harmony:
- quiet speech/stop talking
- undertake a complete day of silence
- attend a vipassana retreat
- stop the internal chatter
- maintain and enjoy silence
- speak your truth
- really listen to others
- write a letter to someone or yourself
Asana that can help rebalance vishuddha:
- Hasta utthanasana
- Salamba sarvangasana
Did you know? this chakra is also linked to self expression for writers and often a blockage in this chakra can manifest as writer’s block.