Chakra Meditations by Sue FullerThe Fifth Chakra - Vishuddha Chakra by Sue Fuller

The Vishuddha Chakra is also known as the throat Chakra.  When balanced we gain the ability to express ourselves and listen with sincerity and compassion.

Vishuddha is also called Vishuddhi and is the fifth chakra.  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 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 a centre of creativity. 

The element of this chakra is Ether or space this literally represents space and opens up the possibility of expansion.  Its colour is light blue although different books and teachings can vary with the colour of this chakra.  The sense influenced by this chakra is hearing.

The 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 and yoga philosophy it is considered 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 represent 16 siddhis or super natural powers that the early yogis strived through their practices 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.  The Vishuddha Chakra helps us to begin to become conscious of who we really are and it is here that the real journey towards Self-Realisation and Self-knowledge starts.

Vishuddha Chakra - The Throat ChakraIn 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, lack of authority

Chakra Yoga Vol 2 by Sue FullerYoga Postures to balance this chakra are: - Ujjayi Pranayama, Jalandhara Bandha, Sarvangasana (shoulder stand), Matsyendrasana (fish), Halasana (plough), Ustrasana (camel) and other postures or techniques that influence the throat region, including chanting.

Chakra Meditations, Chakra Yoga Volume 1 and Volume 2 have been devised by Sue Fuller to help balance your chakras. 

Sue Fuller is the creator of the Yoga 2 Hear range of audio yoga classes.  She is a course author for the British School of Yoga and a regular columnist for the Yoga Magazine and Natural Health.