The fifth chakra, Vishuddha, is the first of the three spiritual chakras. In the area of the throat, it governs the anatomical regions of the thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, and tongue. To be open and aligned in the fifth chakra is to speak, listen, and express yourself from a higher form of communication. Faith and understanding combine the essence of the Vishuddha chakra. Signs of a balanced throat charka: Verbal authenticity, freedom of creative expression both verbal and non-verbal. Communicating your needs, desires, and opinions in an honest but non-hurtful way. Able to listen to others before expressing your own opinion.
Signs of an imbalanced throat chakra: Critical, passivity, fear of judgment or of not being accepted. Being overly agreeable when something doesn’t resonate with you. Allowing others opinions to hinder your truthful verbal expression. Saying what others want to hear rather than speaking your truth.
Poses that open and stimulate the throat chakra: Cobra, camel, bridge, shoulder stand, and plow pose. These poses will stimulate the thyroid and parathyroid glands as well as bring energy to the area of the throat.
Element: Ether or space
Sense: Hearing Color: Blue Mantra: “I SPEAK MY TRUTH”