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Chakras 101: Vishuddha, The Throat Chakra

by Silvia Mordini: Today’s Chakra Mantra is focused on the Throat Chakra. These mantras are something that anyone can do and no yoga poses are required.//

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The chakras are the seven main energy centers in the body where we receive, absorb, and distribute life energies. They are located along the spine, starting at the base and running upwards to the crown of the head. The chakras are described as “whirling wheels of light” and each chakra radiates a specific color and energy. Each chakra relates to specific spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical issues. Balancing these energy centers leads to our wellbeing.

These seven chakras can become blocked through external situations and internal habits, such as long-held tension in the body or staying stuck in our thoughts about things past or constant worry about the future. As a result a chakra can become either deficient or excessive. Therefore this chakra is imbalanced. Practicing mantras that correspond to each chakra can release these blocks and clear the path to more joyful living.


Vishuddha, The Throat Chakra


About Throat Chakra:

How often has it happened that you heard the answer from yourself, whether from mind, heart or body, but then quickly forgot it as you ignored the message? The fifth chakra is designed to help remove the mental clutter and tap into your true desires and do something about the wisdom you receive. In other words, to strengthen your ability to find balance between your mind and your heart in order to express yourself more honestly and openly. The fifth chakra is the bridge between the intuition of sixth chakra and radical self-acceptance of the fourth chakra.

What is left when you shed everything that is not your own? Truth.

This chakra is also responsible for healthy communication: Both mindful speaking and healthy listening. If blocked we may hold back what we really want to say. If there is excess then we could talk too much. A balanced throat chakra helps us to listen with total attention to our experience. Instead of just reacting to what others are telling us, truly tapping into our own wisdom and seeking only the truth about what’s really going on. From that place we can more wisely make sound decisions.

Think of the throat chakra as a conversation you’re having from you to you and you to everyone else, and you to universal mind. Vishuddha (throat) chakra holds the seeds of karma.

What is left when you shed everything that is not your own? Truth.

Name: Vishuddha – Sanskrit name of Throat Chakra, “extraordinarily pure”

Location: In the throat at the level of the Adam’s apple

Intention: Communication

Your Rights: Right to speak and hear the Truth

Self-work: Self-Expression

Identity: Creative Identity

Mantra: I am truth

Color: Bright blue

Element: Sound

Sense: Hearing

Healing Stones: Turquoise, aquamarine, lapis

Psychology

Basic Issues: Communication, ability to speak clearly and appropriately, sesonance, the right to speak and hear the truth

Characteristics When Out of Balance: Lies, fear or hesitation in communication, repressed communication, excessive talking, inability to listen, stuttering, hasty or inappropriate speech, addictions to opiates, marijuana

Excessive: Too much talking, defensive, inability to listen, gossiping, dominating

Deficient: Fear of speaking, weak voice, introversion, shyness, tone deaf, difficult putting words together

Fifth Chakra Mantras

  • I express my truth with confidence
  • I hear and speak the truth
  • I listen with total attention to my experience.
  • My voice is necessary and what I say makes sense
  • I express myself with clear intent
  • I am confident in my truth
  • May I be able to express my feelings with ease
  • May I be balanced between heart and mind

Source: Yoganonymous

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