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Chakra Balancing for the Throat

Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.

Learning how to balance your throat chakra can help you to better express yourself. It can help you to interpret the world around you and feel in synch with time.

Learning how to balance your throat chakra can help you to better express yourself. It can help you to interpret the world around you and feel in synch with time.

Learning About the Throat Chakra

When the throat chakra is clogged, it can make it difficult for you to express yourself. The throat chakra is the bridge to your mind and body. You want this bridge to be clear of obstacles.

Vishudda is the fifth primary chakra in the Hindu tradition tantra. It is located in the throat region and near the spine. The main chakras used for meditation are along the spine.

The chakra is often represented as blue. The symbol for the chakra sometimes appears white with sixteen purple petals. It has a blue triangle pointing downward and a white circle.

  • The chakra represents the element akasha or aether, the fifth classical element of spirit and light.
  • The image altogether represents purification. The white circle or crescent is the lunar symbol of nada, which means "pure cosmic sound".

Why should I care about the throat chakra? The area is responsible for your understanding of the past, present, and future, and your ability to interpret and speak on these things. When this part of your body feels clogged, whether from stress or a sore throat, it can make it difficult for you to connect to time or yourself. You might feel displaced or out of synch.

  • The throat is the road for breathing and food. It regulates what goes into your body, whether medicine or poison.
  • A blocked throat chakra is an indication that you're bringing negative things into your body, and in a literal sense: bad air, bad food, etc.
  • The thyroid gland is a major center for hormone regulation. The hormones are related to growth.

What are Chakras? They're focal points in the body, mostly along the spine, that people focus on in meditation. The term has its roots in Hinduism. Chakra balancing is also popular in Buddhism.

Meditation Practices: (1) Singing, humming, focusing on breathing. (2) Visualizing soothing images like rainfall or oceans. (3) Speaking soothing mantras and affirmations. (4) Doing yoga and seated postures for equanimity.

  • In Western Astrology, Taurus rules the throat chakra. Taurus is the fixed sign of earth. Tauruses are known as hard workers, romantics, and in their senses.
  • The throat is supported by drinking water. You want good ventilation and humidity in your home to prevent your throat from clogging up or getting dry.

Vocalization

The throat chakra is the home of your body for sounds. Your throat, mouth, ears, and brain are all working together in harmony. You have a gift to vocalize yourself and to be heard. The act of speaking can help you understand what matters to you and can help manifest or get things into action.

  • Speaking mantras out loud can help activate your chakra.
  • Humming is a good way to wake up your throat.
  • Don't scream or do something that will put a lot of strain on your throat, just like you wouldn't listen to sounds at too high of a decibel and end up ruining your ears. Avoid coughing, which can also be really forceful.
  • Whispering can be soothing.
  • Singing and getting in touch with your musical side can help open up your thoughts and connect you to your higher self.
  • Avoid speaking out in anger which can stress your throat.

Meditating on your throat chakra can help you to find a sense of calm, and it may help you to have happier dreams and lucid ones. It's a good idea to do meditations before bed to help you relax.

Throat chakra meditations often focus on breathing. You want to become aware of how air expands in your chest and throat and its limitations.

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The Throat Chakra

CategoryVishuddha

Location

Throat, Near the Spine

Flower

Vishuddha, 16 Purple Petals

Function

Purification Center

Associations

Higher Discrimination, Creativity, Self-Expression

Meditating Potential

Negative experiences are transformed into wisdom. The state of one's life is associated with this chakra.

Associations with the Body

Throat, Thyroid Gland, Ears, Mouth

Yoga Practices

Kundalini Yoga, Asanas, Jalandhara Bandha, Khecarī Mudrā.

Number

5

Meditation

Before you meditate, you want to prepare your heart and mind. I encourage you to drink some water or tea and take it along with you to sip while you meditate. Put on some comfortable clothes. Light some candles for mood lighting. Wash your hands and face, so you feel clean. The throat chakra is about purification, so washing up a little can help you to get into the mood.

I recommend going into a quiet room where there are no other people. Get into a comfortable position, whether seated or lying.

  • Lock the door. Keep the room closed. This will help cut off any distractions.
  • Your pets may want to join you. Dogs and cats like it when you're on the floor because they think it's playtime. If it doesn't bother you then let your pets in on your quiet time.
  • A good meditation room is clean, minimalistic, and has plenty of plants.
  • Play meditation music, soothing sounds, or binaural beats. YouTube is full of meditation videos. There is meditative music on Apple Music, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to music.
  • Try different techniques/styles. What works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another person. There is no time limit, you can have a meditation that is as short as five minutes or as long as 4 hours. I think 30 minutes is the sweet spot.
  • Drink plenty of water. Sometimes meditation exercises can be stimulating for your mind and can make you thirsty.
  • Don't be surprised if you get a headache. Sometimes energy work causes you to access parts of yourself that you're not used to exploring. Keep things simple: drink water and get some rest. Take a walk to get some movement into your body.
  • Taking care of your throat will make other parts of your body feel better. It will help you to have better flow overall from your gut to your mind. When your throat and mouth are healthy, you'll feel more inclined to speak.
  • It's okay if you have thoughts that come to the forefront of your mind. Acknowledge them, don't be too hard on yourself, and try to relax and let go.
  • Meditation can feel awkward. It's not about seeking perfection. It's not competitive. It's about centering yourself around relaxation.
Meditate in a quiet room. Bring along the color blue with you.

Meditate in a quiet room. Bring along the color blue with you.

Mantras

For the throat chakra, you want to repeat phrases that promote flow and equanimity. You want to feel open to conversation, not silenced. I have some mantras listed below to help you during your throat chakra meditation:

  • I am a safe space for words.
  • I create beauty.
  • I encourage healing.
  • I am a nurturing person.
  • The sound of my voice is pleasing.
  • With each breath, I am calmer.
  • I bring healing energy toward me.
  • I accept peace.
  • I accept creativity.
  • My ears are open.
  • I resonate calmness.
  • I am harmony.
  • There is peace in my soul.
  • I accept growth and change.
  • I wish for peace.
  • There are many songs in me.
  • My ears hear the songs of heaven.
  • My mouth tastes what is sweet.
  • My voice heals others.
  • My lungs are beautiful.
  • I am open to healing energy.
  • I am open to prayers.
  • I am open to peace.
  • I am one with my voice.
  • I hear the voice of the cosmos.
  • I believe in time.

These mantras can be combined with your own personal, spiritual, or religious beliefs. Meditation is popular in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Eastern traditions, but it can be complemented with other beliefs. Meditation and prayer are universal; they're not branded nor belong to one school of thought.

Take your meditation outside. Going somewhere with water is perfect for focusing on the throat chakra.

Take your meditation outside. Going somewhere with water is perfect for focusing on the throat chakra.

Visualizations

Working on the throat chakra can give you a sense of calm. It may open your mind up to creativity. You may find that you feel more at peace with your life, and you're more forgiving. While working on this chakra, I encourage you to think of the colors blue and white. Try to think of comforting images in these colors.

Oceans: Whenever I think of the throat chakra, the first thing I visualize is an ocean with gentle waves. I like to think of the water hitting a white sandy beach. The ocean has a distinct smell. Saltwater cleanses your sinuses, and swimming in the ocean strengthens your body. I love the sound of the ocean waves.

A Blue Sky: Imagine a beautiful blue sky, like in summer with white puffy clouds. The sky is expansive, inviting, and curious (what is beyond our planet?). Imagine the sky expanding within you and helping you to stretch your horizons and give you more possibilities. Expect more.

Field of Blue Flowers: Visualize that you're in a field of beautiful blue flowers and the scent delights your nose. Imagine wind gently going through the field. There are trees with beautiful blue blossoms. This amazing place is alive with the delights of spring. There are bluebirds and blue butterflies going through the field to enjoy the flowers and scents.

Listening Exercises

The throat chakra, third eye, and crown chakra are considered the most spiritual chakras. The heart is a gateway to them and the lower chakras.

When the throat chakra is balanced, people will feel comfortable expressing themselves. They won't be afraid of judgment. They won't seek people's approval as much.

The throat chakra is associated with the element of aether and sound. For your meditation for the throat chakra, you may want to try listening exercises.

  • Listen to sound clips of oceans roaring. Try to blank your mind as you listen to the ocean. Instead of letting your mind talk, let it listen and absorb.
  • Go somewhere outside where there is water and do your meditation there. You don't have to meditate indoors.
  • Listen to or play Tibetan singing bowl sounds. It can help you to relax and find a more peaceful rhythm.
  • Listen to people reading poetry, especially of nature and calm subject matters.
  • Listen to audio recordings from your favorite spiritual, religious, or philosophical thinkers.
  • Listen to recordings of birds singing.
  • Listen to classical music or soothing meditation music.
  • Binaural beats can help you to let go of restless thoughts.

You could also record yourself singing, humming, and making noises. Play it back to get in better tune with your voice. This is a good exercise to help you to stop judging yourself.

Try closing your eyes and focusing on breathing exercises. You want to focus on the way your breath sounds as opposed to paying attention to the way your breath moves in your body. Play with how you can make your breath sound different.

Here are some breathing exercises you can try:

  • Take short rapid breaths followed by long sustaining breaths.
  • Only breathe through your mouth.
  • Only breathe through your nose.
  • See how long you can hold your breath and how quickly you can exhale.
  • Pant like a lion or dog.
  • Pretend as you take in air that it's like water; push the air out like it's going through a straw.
  • Try to make different pitches with the air as you inhale and exhale.
  • Try to make your breath sound like different landscapes: ocean waves, wind going past trees, and a cold wind going through the tundra.
  • Make sniffing noises while you take in air through your nose.
  • Breathe in fast and whistle when you exhale.

Other Tips

Wear the colors blue or white: Wearing the right color can help you to get in the right mood. I would also encourage for a throat chakra meditation to put yourself in an area with a lot of blue or to pull up images on your computer of something blue. Some people can visualize colors in their mind better than others.

Burn scented candles: I recommend burning scented candles or incense to get you into the mood, especially of scents related to blue or white objects or landscapes. Use candles that smell like the ocean, cotton, blueberries, magnolias, and morning glories.

Rely on blue and white foods: Eat a healthy breakfast or make a smoothie with blue and white foods. Butterfly pea flowers make blue tea. Blueberries, blackberries, elderberries, concord grapes, black currants, and plums work for blue fruits. Pears, peaches, nectarines, and bananas are white fruits; potatoes, garlic, ginger, cauliflower, and parsnips are white vegetables.

Yoga poses: Try poses that are good for strengthening the neck. We often do stretches and exercises for our belly, arms, and legs. The neck and shoulders can get stressed, so it's important to do relaxation poses for them. I recommend the following:

  • Standing Forward Bend Pose
  • Lifting your shoulders up and pushing them back and doing this in circles
  • Rotating your neck around in circles, go counterclockwise and then clockwise
  • Warrior II
  • Extended Triangle
  • Cat Cow
  • Thread the Needle
  • Pigeon Pose
  • Downward Dog

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Andrea Lawrence

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