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Throat Chakra - Vishuddhaa

The fifth chakra is located in the throat and neck area, which relates to speech, hearing, communication and self expression. Blockages in this area manifests as problems like sore throats, laryngitis and creative blocks or general problems communicating with others.

Having a healthy throat chakra can ensure that you are able to express yourself and your own ideas, while peacefully communicating and listening to others. Expressing yourself by standing up to your word and being reliable is the way to balance this chakra. Acting and saying what you mean and keeping commitments to others is important to develop and heighten this chakra.

Having a closed throat chakra means that you are unable to voice your own ideas and are threatened by other people's opinions. You can also become confused, anxious and not know which path or direction to take. On the extreme, you can sometimes be too clingy to other individuals or an idea or way of life, even if it could be damaging to you, or you may talk a lot without saying anything important. An unhealthy throat chakra can bring upon neck and throat discomforts, teeth and gum irritations, ear infections, mouth sores or headaches or migraines.

Using the sound of your voice to sing, hum or recite a mantra can be very liberating. This is especially true if you're quite shy, not a very vocal person and tend to avoid Karaoke. The sound of "om" is known as the universal sound that is sacred. The vibrational tone of the word can fill your mind and body with its resonance. Many people are surprised by the amount of tension there is in their throat and voice.

Ways to balance the Throat Chakra

The throat chakra governs the neck area which involves the thyroid and parathyroid glands. Practicing inverted yoga postures can stimulate this area. Shoulderstand, known as Sarvangasana and plough pose, Halasana are beneficial to balancing this chakra. Camel Pose, Ustrasana, an intense backward bend can open and release the tightness build up in your neck and throat.

Facial massage is great for the throat chakra, by relaxing your facial muscles, particularly around your jaw and mouth area where there is a lot of tension stored. You can apply a light moisturizer and massage your face using circular motions with your finger tips all around your face. This massage will increase blood circulation in your face and give you a nice glow and warm feeling.

4 Yoga Poses for Throat Chakra Video
VIDEO - The throat chakra relates to speech, hearing, communication and self-expression. Here is a video of 4 yoga postures that can help to open and balance your throat chakra.
Chakra Meditation Video
VIDEO - Here is a chakra meditation exercise to bring awareness to your higher energy centres. This meditation is most helpful when you reinforce it with a regular yoga asana practice, self-analysis and positive activities throughout the day.

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