Breathe deeply….imagine or feel the breath traveling into your body. Take your attention to the area around the neck and throat as you continue to inhale and exhale, think about the importance of this area of the body. It is an incredible intersection of vital channels, the jugular, the carotid artery, the windpipe, larynx and of course the spinal cord connecting the brain and the nervous system.
This throat area is the location of the fifth chakra, Visshudhi chakra. Its function is expression and communication and it is related to our dreams. When this chakra is open we are able to communicate and listen effectively. We respond to the vibration of things for example the tone of a voice rather than what is being said.
Is your fifth Chakra Blocked?
Do you have a sore throat or laryngitis? Do you suffer from creative blocks? Do you every feel like you have a lump in the throat? Do you have difficulty getting your point across or have trouble communicating? Your fifth chakra maybe blocked. Here are a couple of yoga poses and a pranayama exercise to help to get in touch with Visshudhi Chakra.
Yoga Poses to try
Salamba Sarvangasana – Shoulder stand
This pose has pages of benefits, just to name just a few:
- Relieves insomnia and soothes nervous system
- Improves functioning of thyroid and parathyroid glands (directly related to vishudhi chakra)
- Improves digestion
- Therapeutic for asthma
- Helps regulate menstrual cycle
How to do shoulder stand*:
- Stack 2-3 blankets at the end of your yoga mat.
- Lie with your head and shoulders on the blankets so that the tops of your shoulders are approx. 1 hands distance from the edge of the blankets.
- Bend your knees and then raise hips and buttocks off the floor.
- Lift your hips and back off the floor, and support them by placing the palms of your hand on your hips, keeping your elbows pressed into the floor.
- Bring your knees towards your head.
- Slowly raise your feet towards the ceiling.
- If you are new to this pose about 30 seconds is long enough to stay in the pose, eventually working up to 1 -3 minutes or longer. As you focus on your breath in this pose, try to soften the muscles around the throat.
- To come out of the pose slowly lower your legs bringing the thighs towards the stomach and lowering the back towards the floor.
- Lie on the floor and relax your body.
*Unless you are an experienced yogi/yogini then please practice this pose under the guidance of your yoga teacher.
Brahamari Branayama (Bee Breath)
- Relieves tension, anger and anxiety
- Helps ease migraines
- Builds confidence with communication
- Strengthens and improves the voice
- Directs awareness inwards
How to do it
- Sit comfortably, keeping the head and spine upright.
- Relax the body
- Use the index or middle finger to block the ears
- Close the eyes
- Inhale through the nose
- Exhale slowly through the nose while making a humming sound like that of a bee (smooth and continuous for the duration of the exhale)
- Try 3-5 rounds to start
For more advanced versions using breath retention, please work with your yoga instructor.
Enjoy tuning into the rhythm and vibration of your life with the visshudhi chakra! If you found this post useful, please leave a comment below!
Reference: ‘Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha’ by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Yoga the Path to Holistic Health by BKS Iyengar.