Let Me Clear My Throat: Vishuddha (Chakras 101, Part 6 of 9)

Say what you mean and mean what you say because the people that matter don’t mind and the people that mind don’t matter.

This nifty quote has been circulating ’round + ’round the Web, though it’s not quite clear who it’s quoted from. The end part is quite interesting, but let’s focus on the beginning: “Say what you mean and mean what you say.”

Sometimes, that can be really hard!

Getting your point across clearly and consciously is nearly an art form + sometimes it feels like that art is almost dead … maybe the world simply needs a little chakra lesson (hint hint).

Let Me Clear My Throat: Vishuddha (Chakras 101, Part 6 of 9) @ victoriaklein.net

Your fifth chakra, vishuddha, located at the base of your throat, is the center of your self-expression + all forms of creativity. You might remember that your second chakra, svadhisthana, is tied to your creativity as well, particularly the passion that fuels your creativity. Your vishuddha chakra is focused on expressing that passion in any form (professionally or recreationally).

Vishuddha is also the external gateway to your body – both via your consumption of food (you are what you eat!) + via your speech and the specific words you choose. Talking is a very raw, primal expression of every aspect of who you are + how you choose to use that expressive power is more important than ever in our modern world.

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. – Dr. Seuss

Your self-expression via vishuddha isn’t just about creativity + connecting with your muse/inspiration. Self-expression is about being YOU in every sense of the world. Defining + expressing what is YOU is all part of the journey of life and something that you’re never really “done” with – always refining, always changing. Your vishuddha chakra is a vital element in “speaking your truth” – living the blueprint that you’ve chosen for your life that is just right for YOU.

As with all of the 7 chakras, each chakra has a specific location along the back of your body, along with associated body parts, colors, natural elements, sounds, senses, asana poses, + key physical/mental symptoms to tell if that particular chakra is spinning efficiently (instead of slow or out-of-control).

Meet your Throat Chakra – Vishuddha:

Location: The base of your throat, just above your shoulders

Associated Body Parts: Neck, throat, vocal cords, shoulders, jaw, mouth, sinuses, ears

Color: Light Blue

Element: Space/Ether

Sound: HAM

Sense: Hearing (Sound)

Focus: Communication, self-expression, filtering messages (from the lower chakras), expression of ideas (from svadhisthana)

When Spinning Slowly, you may be: Difficulty putting ideas + feelings into words, speaking in a small/weak voice, excessive shyness, being tone deaf, fear of speaking, secretive

When Spinning Too Quickly, you may be: Talking too much, gossiping, inability to keep secrets, difficulty being silent, stuttering, excessive loudness

When Spinning Efficiently, you’ll have: Clear communication with others + yourself, speak with your full voice, have a good sense of timing + rhythm, truthful, good listener, your words match your actions + vice versa, live your life creatively

What you “consume” is just as important as what you choose to express. From food and drink to music, conversation, + everything else that assaults our senses, what you choose to invite into your body + your mind directly effects what you then express back out into the world. Eating a little healthier, drinking more water, + inviting more positively into your life will help you “pay it forward” + make the world a little better, one person, one conversation, one creation at a time.

If you experience any of the symptoms of your vishuddha chakra spinning too slow or out-of-control, there are a number of easy + delightful things you can do to help it return to spinning efficiently:

  • Positive Blue: The color blue doesn’t have to be all about sadness (a natural symptom of a lack of self-expression). Light blue can help you feel more comfort, inner-confidence, + an overall sense of creativity  – just one of the many reasons it’s fun to lie in the grass + stare up at the blue sky. Some other ideas: change your desktop background to an image featuring mainly light blue shades, drink water from a light blue stainless steel bottle or a glass bottle with a light blue silicone sleeve.
  • Make Space: Time to attack your clutter! Whether you have too much info in your brain or too much stuff crammed into your closets, it’s very difficult to express yourself when you can’t navigate through your own thoughts or personal space. For your mind, use Evernote to write down all the random ideas and cool things you learn throughout the day. Also, try writing (online or on-paper) at the end of your day. No grammar rules, no limits – just let all of the stuff in your mind tumble on to the page (or screen). Bonus: it can help you sleep better too! For your personal space, tackle 1 room or 1 closet at a time, sorting through every single thing and creating 3 piles: keep, recycle/donate, + not sure yet. Once you’ve sorted everything, put your “recycle/donate” stuff into bags to get rid of, pack up your “keep” stuff in clean boxes or hang it up in the closet, + look back through your “not sure yet” stuff  to decide if you’ll need any of the items in the next 3 months or if they have enough value to keep taking up your space.
  • Helpful Asana: With the focus on your throat + shoulders, the physical practices for your vishuddha chakra involve asana that create space in both your shoulders + your neck, along with releasing tension so your creativity can flow freely. Suggestions:  Simhasana (Lion), Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), Ustrasana (Camel),  Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand), Halasana (Plow), Matsyasana (Fish), Bhramari pranayama (a.k.a. bee breath), + silence.

Creativity + self-expression can be very difficult subjects for most of us (myself included!), but a little vishuddha practice can go a long way. 🙂

Up nextAjna a.k.a your Third Eye Chakra (stay tuned!)

Catching up? Read PART 1 + PART 2 + PART 3 + PART 4 + PART 5 in the Chakras 101 series.

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YOUR TURN!

What’s your FAVORITE way to communicate? (Written words, images, talking face-to-face, music … etc.)

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8 comments… add one
  • My favorite way to communicate is through writing. Followed by singing showtunes off-key to annoy my family (I’m pretty tone deaf … I can blame my fifth chakra for that?). I have experienced the correlation between an anxious mind and a cluttered space, so I definitely try to declutter when it gets to me.

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    • Thanks so much for your comment, Beth, and I’m a big fan of writing too (is that obvious?). Singing is another lifelong passion of mine + working with your throat chakra can definitely help with your off-key moments 😉

      Physical clutter becomes mental clutter AND vice versa. Clutter is not good for anything, but it happens to the best of us. Big thumbs to you for noticing how it affects you + nipping it in the bud. 😀

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  • Mmmm.
    In certain yoga poses I get REALLY anxious and uncomfortable because of a strange feeling in my throat. And I am a creative professional… amkes me think… thanks for the post!

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    • Thanks so much for your comment, Maria, and you made an interesting connecting between your practice, your throat chakra, and your creativity. Of course, let’s not forget that depending on the asana you’re doing, ensuring that you’re practicing in a way that is safe + supportive for your neck is vital. If you know you’re practicing safely, then that’s when we dive deeper into the chakras and subtle energies of your body to find out what else is going on. I’m glad that my post could spark this bit of insight for you + I hope your anxious feelings become a thing of the past 🙂

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  • I love this series, Victoria, so thank you. And I would be useless without Evernote.

    I had no idea the color blue was associated with this chakra but now I have a yogic explanation as to why I’ve been increasingly, hypnotically drawn to it for the past few months, at the same time as I’ve found a stronger voice in both personal and business interactions. Hmmm…

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    • Thanks so much for your comment, Emily, and I’m delighted that you love my chakra post series! 😀 I’ve heard oodles of great things about Evernote, but I still haven’t tried it :O

      It’s always interesting to see how colors, cravings, and emotions weave themselves together in relation to the chakras. When we step back and look in on our lives as an observer, it all suddenly seems to make sense. 🙂

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  • What a great article! I’ve always been curious about the throat chakra. Funny enough, when I was growing up I was always very loud, and I also talked too much and alienated people because of it. However, I did sing very well and on-tune. More recently I’ve noticed that I’ve alternated between being too quiet or too loud, not speaking my own voice enough vs. speaking it too much, and singing way off-key vs. singing beautifully. I’m thinking my throat chakra is just trying to find its sweet spot 🙂 I’ll definitely try to do some meditations (I also have some crystals that might help) and will try those asanas! Thank you!

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    • Thanks so much for your comment, Laura, and I’m delighted you enjoyed my post! 🙂 It’s always interesting to dive a bit deeper into the chakras, and then we suddenly realize the many connections to have to them, even in the most subtle ways.

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