While the first 4 chakras are governed by the physical elements of earth, water, fire, and air, a transition occurs within the 5th chakra, where the physical meets spiritual. The throat, third eye, and crown chakras are ruled by space, light, and Spirit. So how can you tell when your throat chakra is blocked? Keep reading to discover the ins and outs including throat chakra stones, affirmations, essential oils, and more!
An Intro to the Throat Chakra
As the seat of spiritual transformation, the throat chakra is the energy center of personal integrity, truth, and communication between you and others and between your lower and higher chakras, your heart and mind, and you and the Divine. The throat chakra can be found in the throat at the center of the larynx. This chakra is also known as Vishuddha, derived from "essential pure, or clear and correct" in Sanskrit. Its frequency is blue, like clear, bright skies.
Signs of a Blocked Throat Chakra
If your Vishuddha is blocked, you may experience issues with oral health, throat complaints such as hoarseness, shoulder pain, or problems of the nose or ears. Emotionally and mentally, you may experience a lack of self-knowledge, difficulties expressing your feelings, or breakdowns in communication that cause relational struggles. There may also be an imbalance between emotion and reason, leading to being overly sensitive or overthinking. These concerns can be due to a disconnection from personal truth, higher wisdom, an inability to actively listen or authentically communicate.
How to Heal, Activate & Align the Throat Chakra
Yoga for the Throat Chakra
Yoga postures that elongate the neck and throat draw energy into the Vishuddha, fostering activation and balance. Some gentle postures include Fish Pose, Cat-Cow, and Lion's Breath. Lion's breath is a breathing technique done by inhaling through the nose, opening the mouth wide, sticking your tongue out towards your chin, and exhaling strongly with a "haaaa" sound, like the roar of a lion!
Food for the Throat Chakra
Keeping the throat hydrated energizes and nourishes the 5th chakra. Herbal teas, water-dense foods like watermelon or cucumber, and good ole' H20 will do wonders for your mind, body, and Vishuddha!
Throat Chakra Essential Oils and Herbs
Herbs that purify and cleanse like sage, lavender, and chamomile expand the throat chakra. While essential oils that invoke a sense of calm like eucalyptus, peppermint, and sandalwood bring the 5th energy center into alignment.
Throat Chakra Stones and Healing Crystals
Blue crystals that calm and foster communication, such as blue kyanite, blue calcite, and aquamarine, can refresh and renew the throat chakra like the ocean breeze. Green and teal stones, such as amazonite, chrysocolla, and turquoise, promote unity and harmony, bringing the Vishuddha into balance.
Healing Activities & Hobbies for the Throat Chakra
Breathing exercises promote mental and physical relaxation while expanding and aligning the throat chakra. Breathwork can be as simple as taking a deep breath, holding at the top, exhaling, pausing again, and repeating.
Singing is another great way to activate the 5th chakra. Whether you can carry a note or not, humming or belting along to your favorite tunes is a fun way to express yourself, enlivening the Vishuddha!
Journal Prompts for the Throat Chakra
Reflecting on issues of personal truth, self-expression, and healthy communication can foster a deeper connection to your throat chakra. Consider using the following journal prompts to get your truth flowing.
- In what situations or with what people can be my authentic self?
- How does that make me feel?
- In what situations or with what people do I struggle with authenticity?
- How can I be more genuine in these circumstances?
- List 5 ways I can express myself creatively
- Do I feel heard by those I love?
- If not, what unheard truths do I want to express?
Throat Chakra Affirmations
The 5th chakra is nourished by the spoken word. Say these affirmations out loud from the diaphragm, focusing on your breath's movement with each word. As you repeat these affirmations, envision a healing blue light flowing from your larynx.
- I present myself authentically and courageously
- My integrity is more valuable than perfection
- My voice matters. My truth is important
- I listen to others with love and compassion
- I am proud of who I am and share my light with others
Next time we will explore the wisdom and guidance of the third eye chakra, the home of intuition, spiritual understanding, and higher perspectives. In the meantime, remember, your voice matters! Don't deny the world your light; speak your truth, even if your voice shakes!