The throat chakra is associated with Shakini Shakti, the embodiment of purity, the bearer of higher knowledge and great siddhis. Additionally, she reveals her teachings when we’re in a deep dream state. She governs memory, peace, intuition, wit, and improvisation.
Panchavaktra Shiva represents all of the Shiva energies. Each of his five heads represents the five tanmatras and the tattvas (elements) that emerge from them along with their corresponding Shiva energies. Most importantly, Panchavaktra Shiva bestows fearlessness and is commonly referred to as the Great Teacher.
- Aghora, lord of the North. Aghora resides in the cremation grounds. His tattva is akasha..
- Ishana, lord of the Northeast. He resides in the shrines. His tattva is water.
- Tat Purusha, lord of the East. He appears in meditation. His tattva is air.
- Vama Deva, the eternal Shiva. His tattva is earth.
- Finally, Saddyojat, the lord of the south. His tattva is fire.
An Out of Balance Fifth Chakra
When Vishuddha chakra is out of balance we may fear being controlled or not having control, being trapped, or we may feel like we have no say in the world around us. Additionally, when your throat chakra is underactive you may find it difficult to express your thoughts and opinions for fear of judgment or failure. On the other hand, if your fifth chakra is overactive you may tend to speak over others or struggle to listen.
A Balanced Throat Chakra
When Vishuddha Chakra is in balance, your words and actions are in alignment with your highest self. That is to say, the words you speak come from your heart and speak directly to the heart of those around you. Prayers, songs, and mantras spontaneously arise from the depths of your heart.
Your sense of self-knowledge is strong and unwavering and you express yourself freely without fear of judgment or reprimand. You’re able to communicate with clarity and ease AND you pick up non-verbal communication just as easily as verbal communication.
On a spiritual level, an awakened fifth chakra can begin the process of a spiritual rebirth or transformation of the spirit.
How to Balance the Throat Chakra
Meditation on the throat chakra is one of the most powerful ways to bring about its awakening. Although, chanting mantra through japa meditation, kirtan, and song are all beautiful ways to achieve the same results. In the same vein, you could sing in the shower, chant in the car, or even go see live music.
Similarly, if you’re feeling stuck, tongue-tied, your creative juices aren’t flowing you might find it helpful to get your words, thoughts and ideas down on paper. In that case, I encourage you to buy yourself a beautiful journal and get in the habit of journaling, whether it’s one sentence, a bullet list or a full page, just start. Other suggestions to awaken your fifth chakra are to read a book or take up a new creative hobby like painting, drawing, or even dancing. Find something that inspires you and start there.
Practice deep listening. Listen with full presence and curiosity. Ask questions. Repeat back what you hear. Listen without thinking about how you’ll respond.
Two mudras for the Throat Chakra
You can use hand mudras to heal and awaken the chakras and balance the flow of your pranic energy. Here are two hand mudras you can use to awaken your fifth chakra.
Udana Mudra | Upward Moving Air Gesture
Udana Mudra cultivates the energy, or air, of Udana Vayu, which governs the space between your chest and your head. It is an upward and outward flow of energy and is the basis for sound. Combine Udana Mudra and the bija HAM for a beautiful meditation practice.
To practice Udana Mudra, bring the tips of your ring, middle, and index fingers to meet the tip of your thumb. Extend your little finger long. Ultimately, you can practice this mudra to manifest joy and optimism, improve your sense of self-worth, and increase your creative self-expression.
Shunya Mudra | Gesture of the Void
Shunya Mudra helps to balance the excess of ether. For example, if you’re having trouble listening, you’re feeling flighty or ungrounded then Shunya Mudra can help you feel calm, clear and capable of clear communication and earnest listening.
To practice Shunya Mudra, fold your middle finger down toward the base of your thumb and wrap your thumb over the top of your middle finger. Lastly, extend your little, ring and index fingers long. To clarify, this mudra is the same for both right and left hands.
If you would like to learn more about mudras, check out my recent book, The Little Book of Mudra Meditations. It’s a great place to start your mudra journey and it’s a nice reference for yoga teachers too.
Crystals for the Throat Chakra
- Turquoise (communication)
- Blua Apatite (personal power)
- Clear quartz
- Blue Agate
- Lapis Lazuli (truth and awareness)
- Sodalite (harmony)
- Aquamarine (courage)
Yoga Poses for the Throat Chakra
- Bridge Pose
- Camel Pose
- Fish Pose
- Reverse Warrior
- Warrior One or Crescent Lunge with the gaze lifted
- Locust Pose with hands bound behind the back
- Humble Warrior
- Extended Side Angle
- Triangle Pose
- Wild Thing
- Wheel Pose
- Mountain Brook Pose (restorative)
- Supported Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle)
- Jalandhara Bandha