The Throat Chakra
Is your Throat Chakra Unaligned?
The word “chakra” means “disk” or “wheel” in Sanskrit. This is referring to the different energy centers in the body and each center corresponds to major organs and nerves in the body. To function optimally, these chakras need to stay balanced, but, because life is difficult and chaotic at times, sometimes they get blocked which can manifest emotionally or physically. Below we dive into specifically the Throat Chakra, what it is, and signs it could be out of alignment.
What is the throat chakra?
The throat chakra, also known as the vishuddha chakra in Sanskrit, can be found at the center of the neck. This is your individual center of truthful expression, both internally and externally. When the throat chakra is balanced, it is easier for us to release fears of judgment as well as a desire for external approval. We can more easily embrace our original and unique earthly experiences. This chakra is also associated with purity. A balanced throat chakra is also in charge of feelings, ideas, healthy communication and internal dialogue, as well as balance between the time we spend speaking and listening. Working side by side with the sacral chakra, which is involved in creativity, the throat chakra aids in the ability to express these creative ideas or pursuits.
What are signs your throat chakra is imbalanced?
When the throat chakra is imbalanced and unaligned, you may experience more heightened feelings around the fear of speaking truthfully, having a harder time expressing your feelings, and feeling anxious when you do speak or communicate. You may also experience sudden increases of heightened emotion as well as silence and not wanting to speak at all.
Some physical symptoms that may occur if your throat chakra is blocked include, a raspy throat, chronic sore throat, gum disease, mouth ulcers, thyroid challenges, and jaw disorders.
How can you balance it?
Lucky for everyone, there is always a way to bring our unaligned chakras back into balance. There are a few ways you can get your blocked throat chakra unblocked.
The first way is to bring more of the color blue into your life. Because the throat chakra is represented by the color blue, this can help encourage it to align. The use of blue crystals as well such as turquoise, aquamarine, and celestite may help as well.
Neck stretches can do wonders for an imbalanced throat chakra too. Opening the shoulders and relaxing these muscles that tend to absorb a high amount of tension will make you feel instant relief. Also, keeping your neck and spine aligned by avoiding strain and hyperextension will help as well. Yoga poses like shoulder stand, plow and fish, which all aid in stretching the neck muscles are worth a try too.
Finding time to journal is a wonderful practice to implement into your routine in general, but it can be particularly effective in assisting your throat chakra. This gives you the opportunity to speak your truth in a safe space and express your feelings.