Can you believe it’s already September? Back to school and work we go either with a sigh of sorrow, perhaps joy and maybe a tinge of relief. Whatever sound, expression and feelings we vocalize as summer dwindles this is us tapping into and utilizing our 5th chakra, the throat chakra. The 5th chakra is the chakra of communication, expression, and judgement.
Also known as Vishuddha, this Chakra rules self-expression and speaking one’s truth, the written word, poetry, faith, and will power. On the flip side, the need to criticize, a lack of authority, and indecisiveness reflect an imbalance of this chakra as well.
Vishuddha in Sanskrit translates to purity and as we work on clearing blockages from the lower chakras to allow for our kundalini energy to rise, ultimately moving to these higher chakras, we are that much closer to accepting and realizing our true self. Our high Self. This is the first of the chakras that focuses primarily on the spiritual plane. While the 4th chakra is spiritual (as with all the chakras) it is known to be the bridge between our lower chakras that focus on earth and more tangible aspects of life versus our upper chakras that deal with spirituality in a more abstract form.
The emotion for this chakra is faith and understanding and because the 5th chakra is located in the throat and governs higher communication, speaking, hearing and listening, it helps us to understand our inner truth and convey it with our voice to the outside world. The sense for the 5th chakra is hearing. Chanting, singing, speaking, reading aloud are all good for the 5th chakra. The vibrations of all these things affect the body down to the cellular level.
The glands, organs and body parts associated with the 5th chakra are; thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, throat, tongue, larynx
The color for Vishuddha is blue. The element is ether/space and the seed mantra is HAM.
Deficient energy in the 5th chakra can cause neck and shoulder problems, jaw disorders, throat problems, an under active thyroid and a fear of speaking to name a few. On the other hand, excessive energy in the 5th chakra can cause hearing problems, inability to listen, excessive talking and an overactive thyroid.
Yoga poses that are good for the 5th chakra are neck and shoulder stretches, Camel pose, Bridge pose, Plow pose and lion’s breath. If at any point you feel a sigh or summer sorrow or work frustration bubbling up give yourself permission to shout it out, the seed mantra that is. HAM!