The Throat Chakra - Vishuddha Chakra
The Vishuddha Chakra is also known as the fifth chakra. When balanced we are able to express ourselves and listen with sincerity and compassion.
Vishuddha may sometimes be referred to as Vishuddhi (depending on what school of yoga you follow). Due to its location it is also known as the throat chakra or the throat centre. It is through this chakra that we are able to express ourselves clearly. It is also the first of the three spiritual chakras.
The translation of Vishuddhi is as follows Visha = impurity or poison and Shuddhi = purification. A balanced throat chakra will help clear the mind from impure thoughts or words and encourage us to speak from our higher self and not use poisonous or offensive words.
Vishuddha brings purity and compassion to our ability to express ourselves truthfully through many different means. It influences all forms of expression such as visual arts, poetry, writing, singing, dancing and speaking, it is very much viewed as the centre of creativity.
The element of this chakra is ether or space, which represents and opens up the possibility of expansion. Its colour is light blue, although different books and teachings can vary the colour of this chakra. The sense influenced by this chakra is hearing.
It is believed in various yoga schools that Vishuddha Chakra is the seat of the astral body, it is the link or the gateway between the physical body and the astral body. It is through this chakra that we are able to raise our consciousness to a higher level. In yoga philosophy some believe that each night when we dream we go on an astral journey, this means that the astral body spontaneously leaves the physical body whilst we are dreaming and takes a journey of its own.
The symbolic image of Vishuddha Chakra is a lotus flower with 16 petals, this number represents 16 siddhis or super natural powers that the early yogis worked to achieve. It also represents the sixteen days it takes for the half-moon to grow into the full moon. The half-moon is another symbol of Vishuddha this represents emotions, change and the female principle.
The mantra for this chakra is Ham which means I AM. It is the work we do here at Vishuddha Chakra, where the spiritual journey towards Self-Realisation and Self-knowledge starts.
In short …..
Vishuddha Chakra is the fifth chakra.
Vishuddha represents purification
The element of this chakra is space or Ether (known as Akasha in Sanskrit).
The colour of this chakra is light blue.
It is associated with communication and detoxification.
It has the Mantra of HAM.
The organs and parts of the body associated with this chakra are: - thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, tongue, and larynx.
Physical dysfunctions associated with this chakra are:- sore throat, mouth ulcers, scoliosis, swollen glands, thyroid dysfunctions, laryngitis, voice problems, gum or tooth problems
Psychological and Emotional Issues associated with this Chakra are: - personal expression, creativity, addiction, criticism, faith, decision making (choices), will and lack of authority.
Yoga Postures to balance this chakra are: - Ujjayi Pranayama, Jalandhara Bandha (throat lock), Sarvangasana (shoulder stand), Matsyendrasana (fish), Halasana (plough), Ustrasana (camel) and other postures or techniques that influence the throat region, including chanting.