The Throat Chakra teaches us about the beauty of our uniqueness and authenticity. We are meant to share ourselves just as we are, our strengths and our beauty along with our vulnerabilities. The Sanskrit name for the throat chakra is Vishuddha, which translates as “purity.” Located at the centre of the throat, Throat Chakra energy permeates our voice and our thyroid gland. Explore the different Yoga Asanas to activate and balance the throat chakra.
When our throat chakra is imbalanced, we may talk excessively or we may not just not be able to express. We struggle to express ourselves authentically and feel insecured and lonely. When the throat chakra is balanced, we speak and act from a place of integrity and truth. The “purity” of our speech and actions connect us to the source. When we are unable to share our truth, we avoid being honest with ourselves and others. During yoga practice, we activate the throat chakra through poses that focus on the neck and throat, as well as through breathing practices (Pranayama).
It decreases stiffness in the upper back, neck, and jaw. Each of these areas can hold incredible amounts of tension and need to be stretched regularly. Be seated and align your shoulders directly above your hips. Exhale and lean your left ear toward your left shoulder. Breathe easily and take an exaggerated yawn to stretch your jaw and neck muscles more deeply. While inhaling, return your head to neutral position. Finish by rolling your head clockwise three times and then counterclockwise three times.
Lion’s Breath cultivates authenticity. Sit on your heels, with your hands on your thighs. Open your knees wide for traditional Lion’s Pose or sit with knees together in Hero’s pose (Virasana). Deeply inhale while lifting your hands into the air. Extend your tongue, open your eyes wide, and create an audible sound in your throat. Let it stem straight from your throat chakra.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and the soles of your feet touching the mat, as in preparation for Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana). Press into your feet to lift your hips and insert a yoga block beneath your sacrum. Ensure to position the block so that it supports the back of your hips and pelvis, rather than digging into your lower back or sitting too low on your tailbone. Bend your right knee toward your chest, and then extend your leg as straight as you can into the air. Follow with your left knee. Keep your knees slightly loose or bend them towards you, if you experience tension on your legs. Hold the pose for one to two minutes. Bend your knees towards your chest and return your feet to the floor.
This pose provides a balance to your neck and upper spine. Begin the pose by setting up your blocks, a few inches apart with one set to rest behind your chest (set at its lowest level) and another to rest behind your head (set at its medium height). Pad both the blocks with a folded blanket or two to make the pose more restorative. Set your hips in front of your blocks and bend your knees, so the bottoms of your feet touch your mat. When you lie back, your head should rest at the level of the higher block and the lower block should support your back at the level of your chest. Once the blocks are in the right place, extend your legs straight and rest for several minutes. Bend your knees or lower the height of your props, if you feel strain in your lower back. Exit the pose by rolling off the blocks onto your side, and take a few breaths before sitting upright again.