The Throat Chakra
The first of the three more spiritual or ‘Higher Self’ chakras is the Throat Chakra. Like the physical nature of the throat, the Throat Chakra deals with communication and expression of ideas, thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It is our center of expression in terms of vocalizing truths. Generally, this chakra begins to develop later in life, as one becomes more comfortable expressing their ideas, opinions, and thoughts to others.
In Sanskrit, the Throat Chakra is referred to as the vishuddha chakra. The chakra relates to the thyroid glad, upper lungs, and the respiratory system. While it primarily deals with our ability to communicate, it also is considered to be linked directly to our dream state. Tibetan Hinduism uses this chakra to access the dream state, and further develop the faculty of lucid dreaming. Beyond this, the chakra is also involved in physical and emotional nourishment (think of swallowing food).
Symptoms of an Unbalanced Throat Chakra
- Habitual lying
- Difficulty communicating or feeling of insecurity when expressing oneself
- Sore throat, congestion, nasal problems
- Voice loss
- Thyroid problems
- Jaw pain
Element, Color and Sense Associated with Throat Chakra
The Throat Chakra is associated with the element of Akasha, or pure ether. All sound produces Akasha, and sometimes the Throat Chakra is stated as being associated with the element of “sound” because of this. Reflecting on the above, consider the connection between vocalizing truths, opinions, and creativity and the phenomenon of sound. The throat uses physical structures to produce sounds and words, which form the basis for our communication.
The Throat Chakra is also associated with the color blue. Because the Throat Chakra deals with open communication and clarity, one way to conceptualize its relation to blue is the instance of clear skies – open and bright blue. Blue is related to devotion, health, infinity, and calm.
As with Akasha, the sense most often associated with this chakra is associated with the sense of hearing. More specifically, however, this chakra is associated with the more intangible sense of honor and integrity. It’s concerned with not only the vocalizations of our thoughts and feelings, but also with the honesty and frankness behind these vocalizations.
Tips for Balancing the Throat Chakra
- Surround yourself with the color blue, like being under a blue sky
- Practice throat and vocal exercises – try being loud!
- Focus on asanas that work on the upper body (shoulders, upper back)
- Meditate and still your mind, and focus on listening to your inner thoughts
- Acknowledge and record your opinions openly
- Practice the mantra Ham
In the next section, we’ll continue to move up the body to the Third Eye Chakra and finally to the Crown Chakra.
For more information on the chakras, explore the complete guide:
- The Chakras: Introduction and Overview
- Part 1: The Root Chakra
- Part 2: The Sacral Chakra
- Part 3: The Solar Plexus Chakra
- Part 4: The Heart Chakra
- Part 5: The Throat Chakra
- Part 6: The Third Eye Chakra
- Part 7: The Crown Chakra