Philosophy of Yoga

How to Explore the Throat Chakra – The Fifth of the Seven Chakras

Know your Throat Chakra, and learn how to explore listening and communicating skills. Learn the power of active listening.

What is Throat Chakra?

The Throat Chakra is the fifth of the seven Chakras .

We find stability by activating the Root Chakra, stay connected with ourselves by healing the Sacral Chakra, expand the energy by awakening the Solar Plexus Chakra, and develop love and compassion by opening the Heart Chakra. We are now ready to listen and communicate without judgment and preconceived notions. That ability to listen and communicate comes from the Throat Chakra.

The Throat Chakra wants to communicate through sound, vibration, self-expression, and connectivity. The realm of consciousness controls creates, transmits, and receives communication – within us and between each other. Its attributes include listening, speaking, reading, learning, writing, chanting, and any of those related to sound and language.

Throat Chakra

What is the power of Throat Chakra?

The element of the fifth Chakra is the ether that helps us to listen, learn, process, and express. Communication is a way of extending ourselves beyond our ordinary limitations. Through this Chakra, we gain knowledge, we find our voice, and we speak our truth. We become more aware of life, our surroundings, and human behavior. We become more conscious of our actions and reactions, and feelings. Philosophically, this Chakra is associated with truth, clarity, and responsibility.

What happens when we ignore Throat Chakra?

A Throat Chakra blockage is often associated with the inability to speak and express. A blocked Throat Chakra may make you unable to defend yourself, express your opinion, and state your choices. When difficult conversations arise, you may decide to stay indifferent or avoid them.  

Another sign of imbalance Throat Chakra is talking too much or rambling. If you tend not to listen, talk a lot, make misstatements, words from you are more damaging, criticize someone, gossip, make conversations about yourself, interrupt or talk over other people, and dominate the discussions- all these are symptoms of imbalance Throat Chakra.

What is the mantra for exploring Throat Chakra?

Speak what is true. Speak what is kind. Do not speak what is true but unkind. Do not speak what is kind but untrue.

Learn to listen. Without the ability to listen effectively, messages are easily misunderstood.  Listening will help you to respond with expressions of empathy and understanding.

Get better at expressing yourself by using a positive self-talk technique. We all have an inner dialogue running through our heads, which is sometimes harmful and counterproductive. Consider whether the messages in your head are damaging and if so, work on ways to replace them with positive ones.

Learn to forgive, free yourself from resentment, and practice acceptance. Accept those aspects of your life that are out of your control. Doing so will make you feel better while freeing up your mind to become more emotionally expressive.

Tips to Explore your Throat Chakra

Playing Charades: Spend an hour with someone in total silence yet engaged in active communication. Notice what methods you use to communicate, such as gestures, hand symbols, eye movements, etc. Notice how much easier it gets toward the end of the hour.

Vow of Silence: To enhance your listening skills, being with a few hours of a vow of silence. Yogis often take vows of silence for extended periods to purify their audible sound vibrations and better tune into subtle sounds.

Voice Recording: Make a recording of your voice during ordinary conversation. See how much you talk and listen, whether you interrupt or falter in your speech. Notice your tone of voice.

The Power of Listening

“Listening to another human being, is an act of opening ourselves up to a mind radically other than our own. This takes courage.

To listen is to make myself vulnerable. My deepest certainties may be shaken by entering into the mind of one who thinks quite differently about the world.

But it is essential to our humanity.

It is the antidote to narcissism: the belief that we are the center of the universe. It is also the antidote to the fundamentalist mindset characterized as, “I’m right; you’re wrong.”

From a sermon by Rabbi Dan Alder 9/20

Neck Rolls: Lift your head up away from shoulders, and then slowly roll your head in a circular motion, stretching your neck. Other yoga poses that are beneficial to explore Throat Chakra are Plough and Fish Pose

Here is the magic of Color Blue

Bija Mantra: HAM

Blue represents both the sky and the sea and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, heaven, and intelligence. The blue color communicates significance, importance, and confidence without creating somber or sinister feelings.

Mantra for Throat Chakra

The Bīja Mantra (Seed Mantra) of the Throat Chakra is HĀM, the sound of spiritual awakening. Here is a video that we found helpful.

And lastly, do not forget to save this Throat Chakra Affirmation

Summarizing Throat Chakra

Sanskrit NameVisuddha
FunctionCommunication, Creativity
Inner StateSynthesis of ideas into symbols
RightsRights to speak
Outer ManifestationVibration
GlandsThyroid, parathyroid
Other Body partsNeck, Shoulders, Arms, Hands
MalfunctionSore throat, stiff neck, colds, thyroid, hearing problems
Seed SoundHam

This is a part of the Chakra Series blog. We will write about different Chakras and what Asanas you can practice to stimulate them.

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