The Throat chakra is the fifth chakra, and is located at the centre of the neck at the level of the throat. It is the passageway for energy to transfer between the lower parts of the body and the head – and as such, is driven by the principle of expression and communication.
I love to communicate – I love to write, I work in customer service and I am a yoga teacher. My throat chakra should be open – wide open. But often, it's the chakra that gets blocked in times of stress – in relationships, tough times at work or during periods of anxiety. These are the times that the throat chakra should be open and shining – ready to communicate efficiently and effectively. But of course, these are the times when it blocks, and the right words (though in your mind they are there), just cannot be vocalised.
When the throat chakra is blocked, you may experience a lack of creativity, weariness and fatigued. When the throat chakra is active and shining, you may feel a heightened ability to express yourself, a realisation of your purpose and security.
Blue is the colour of the throat chakra, and surrounding yourself with blue items can help to open it – the ocean, homewear or jewelry and stones. Cleansing with water – drinking a lot, keeping clean – will also help to open the throat chakra. Talking out your problems can also help to open the throat chakra, but at times when this is impossible, or no words are coming out, try free-writing – just write, with no expectations. You don't have to show anyone what you've written, but sometimes having things on paper in physical form will help organise everything in your mind.
Yoga for the throat chakra primarily focuses on small neck movements, but you can bring in an awareness of the throat chakra in almost every pose, thinking carefully about how you position your neck and head. My favourite poses to combat throat chakra poses include camel, plow, bridge and fish pose.
I hope this provided a little insight into the throat chakra – any questions or comments please send me a message! Check back next week for a little on the Third Eye chakra!