Our next practice will be about cleansing and healing Vishudha. The throat chakra is the bridge between our heart and our mind, its name translates as “the pure place”, and we purify the body and mind through discrimination – paying attention to what we invite in, through diet, yoga, meditation, and exercise.
This is the first of the higher chakras, whose focus is on the spiritual plane. This chakra is associated with the colour turquoise, and with the elements of sound and ether (the upper sky, beyond the clouds). Vishuddha is located in the neck, throat, jaw, and mouth and this masculine chakra connects us with our inner truth and helps us find our own way of conveying our voice to the outside world. Vibration, rhythm, music, voice, words and communications are all associated with this centre, and as you listen to a favourite song or piece of music, you may notice how the vibrations and rhythms positively affect your body and mind, right down to the cellular level. Music, dancing, singing and communication through writing and speaking are all fifth chakra ways of expressing ourselves. It is at this energy level that we effect our will and power of choice. Here is where we take responsibility for decisions and speak up for what we believe in.
Deficient energy in this chakra leads to neck stiffness, shoulder tension, teeth grinding, jaw disorders, throat ailments, an underactive thyroid, a fear of speaking or an inability to express our Self. Excessive energy in this chakra manifests as talking too much, an inability to listen, hearing difficulties, stuttering, and an overactive thyroid.
Intentions for this chakra might be: To communicate clearly, honestly, and with compassion; to release fear of speaking up for yourself or for others; to be a good listener; to learn not to over-talk or dominate conversations; to refrain from gossip.
Namaste (the light within me recognises the light within you).