When you have a balanced and open throat chakra your words will be infused with a beauty unique to you. In this article I will explain how you use throat chakra yoga poses to release blocks, find your voice and speak your truth.
Your Voice is a Powerful Tool
The thing is, if you have problems expressing yourself clearly and confidently people will assume you have nothing to say or you are not smart enough to say it.
You will get over looked in relationships or jobs and opportunities will pass you by again and again.
Your voice is a fundamental part of who you are and a powerful tools you possess to make your way in the world.
What is the Throat Chakra
The throat chakra is the fifth energy center in your body located at the base of your neck. It is associated with communication, creativity, and self-expression. In Sanskrit it is known as vishuddha chakra.
What is Throat Chakra Yoga?
Throat chakra yoga focuses on opening and activating the fifth chakra.
It involves practicing poses, breathing techniques and meditations that release and balance the energy flow in your throat area.
The 5 throat chakra poses you will learn ins this article are:
By doing throat chakra yoga poses regularly, you can:
Improve your communication skills and self-expression
Enhance your creativity and imagination
Boost your confidence and authenticity
Heal your throat issues and prevent future ones
Connect with your higher self and purpose
Why You Need a Balanced Throat Chakra
When you have throat chakra balance:
You speak your truth with confidence and clarity.
You listen to your intuition and follow your dreams.
You also communicate effectively with others and create intimacy and harmonious relationships.
Problems You will Experience if You have an Imbalanced Throat Chakra
When your throat chakra is imbalanced or blocked, you might experience problems such as:
Fear of speaking your mind and being judged.
Difficulty expressing your emotions and needs.
Lack of creativity or inspiration.
Feeling isolated or misunderstood.
With an overactive throat chakra you will talk too much and not listen. And you may experience physical symptoms like chronic sore throat, jaw pain and colds.
Fortunately, you can unblock your throat chakra and release your inner voice with specific yoga poses and breathing techniques.
5 Yoga Postures For the Throat Chakra to Try Today
I will now show you five simple and effective throat chakra yoga poses.
Remember to warm up and get in the right mind state before you start. A simple way to do this is to do gentle neck rolls while in a crossed leg position.
You can also do a throat chakra mudra such as the akasha mudra which will help calm the mind before you start.
1. Fish Pose (Matsyasana)
Fish pose is one of the best poses for opening the throat chakra. It stretches and strengthens the muscles of the neck, chest, and shoulders. It also opens the heart chakra and promotes emotional healing.
How to do The Throat Chakra Yoga Fish Pose:
Lie on your back with your legs straight and your arms by your sides.
Slide your hands under your buttocks and press them into the floor.
Lift your chest and head off the floor and arch your back.
Tilt your head back and rest the crown of your head on the floor.
Keep your mouth slightly open and breathe deeply.
Hold for 15 to 30 seconds and then release.
2. Lion Pose (Simhasana)
Lion pose is another great pose for activating the throat chakra. It releases tension and stress from the face, neck, and jaw. It also stimulates the vocal cords and improves speech.
How to do The Throat Chakra Yoga Lion Pose:
Sit on your heels with your knees apart and your palms on or between your thighs.
Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale forcefully through your mouth.
As you exhale, open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue as far as you can.
Make a loud roaring sound from the back of your throat.
Repeat 3 to 5 times.
3. Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana)
Shoulder stand pose is a powerful pose for balancing the throat chakra. It reverses the blood flow to the head and neck, improving circulation and oxygenation. It also calms the mind and relieves anxiety.
How to do The Throat Chakra Yoga Shoulder Stand:
Lie on your back with your legs straight and your arms by your sides.
Lift your legs up to 90 degrees and then use your hands to support your lower back.
Raise your hips and legs higher until they are perpendicular to the floor.
Balance on your shoulder blades, upper arms and elbows.
Align your chin with your chest and keep your head still.
Breathe slowly and deeply.
Hold for up to 5 minutes and then lower down slowly.
4. Plow Pose (Halasana)
Plow pose is a variation of shoulder stand, it further stretches the neck, throat and upper body. It also stimulates the thyroid gland, which regulates metabolism and hormone production.
How to do The Throat Chakra Yoga Plow Pose:
From shoulder stand, lower your legs over your head until they touch the floor behind you.
Keep your legs straight or slightly bent if needed.
Interlace your fingers behind your back and press them into the floor.
Relax your shoulders and neck.
Hold for up to 5 minutes and then roll back to shoulder stand.
5. Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
Camel pose is a backbend that opens the throat and chest. It also stimulates the heart chakra and increases compassion and love.
How to do The Throat Chakra Yoga Camel Pose:
Kneel on the floor with your knees hip-width apart and your toes tucked under.
Place your hands on your lower back and lift your chest up.
Lean back and reach for your heels with your hands.
Drop your head back and open your throat.
Breathe deeply and hold for 15 to 30 seconds.
Come back to the starting position and repeat.
BONUS: 3 Yoga Breathing Techniques to Open and Balance Your Throat chakra
Also known as the ocean breath or the victorious breath, Ujjayi Pranayama involves slightly narrowing the back of the throat and breathing in and out through the nose.
This produces a gentle sound that sounds like the waves of the ocean.
Ujjayi Pranayama activates the throat chakra and it helps to relax the mind and improve concentration.
You can practice this breath in any sitting or lying position or while doing your yoga poses.
Also known as Bee breath, Bhramari Pranayama involves making a humming sound while exhaling.
Inhale through your nose and then close your ears with your index fingers as you exhale through your nose. This creates a vibration that can be felt in your throat and head.
The bee breath can help you calm down, reduce anger, and balance the throat chakra. You can do this breath in any sitting position where your spine is straight.
Also know as Lion’s Breath, Simhasana Pranayama, is a powerful way to release stress and negative emotions from your throat and face.
It involves taking a deep breath through your nose and exhaling loudly through your mouth while opening your eyes wide, sticking out your tongue, and making a roaring sound.
Lion breathing helps to improve blood circulation, tone the facial muscles, and stimulate the throat chakra.
You can practice this breath in any comfortable seated position with your hands on your knees or on the floor in front of you.
The throat chakra is the fifth chakra of the seven chakras energy system.
Just as you clear your throat before you speak to release blockages you must also clear energy blockages if you want to express your truth with power and beauty.
Practice these throat chakra yoga poses regularly to get the full benefit. If you have a regular yoga practice you will most likely already be doing them, as most yoga styles incorporate these into their flows.
Enjoy the practice, life wants to express itself through you. That is a wonderful gift.