The throat chakra, also known as Vishuddha (Sanskrit: विशुद्ध), is the fifth chakra. It is located at the throat and is the passage through which energy flows between the body and the head. This chakra is related to the element of sound and vibration or akasha and the ether, which is what sound and vibration move through. It is through this chakra that we communicate and express ourselves. It is connected to the mouth, jaw, tongue, pharynx, palate, shoulders, neck and thyroid. Issues with the throat chakra may manifest in these areas of the body physically.
The throat chakra is all about expression of the self and is connected to the sacral chakra. Your truth, purpose in life and creativity are essential here. Success and failure in life are thought to be related to the state of this chakra. Guilt and fear tend to be common blocks in this chakra.
A blocked throat chakra can cause feelings of timidness, insecurity and introversion. Fear of speaking or a small voice can be manifestations of a blocked throat chakra. You may be excessively secretive or shy. Possibly you may have a lack of connection to your vocation or purpose in life.
An overactive throat chakra can result in behaviors such as gossiping, being verbally aggressive, or non-stop talking and talking over others or monopolizing conversations. You may lack a filter when you speak so that impulsive thoughts are spoken before you have a chance to stop them from coming out. You are unable to control your speech or have a difficult time listening to others. Telling lies is a common manifestation of an overactive throat chakra.
Singing is an example of how you can heal your throat chakra. Drinking more water is another way to open up your throat chakra and heal it. Water is extremely important to maintaining balance. Talking things out and letting them go also help to heal vishuddha. Some yoga poses to try to help heal your throat chakra are Purvottanasana (Upward Plank), Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose), Balasana (Child’s Pose), or Salamba Sirsasana and Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Headstand and Supported Shoulderstand).