Living Yoga | Balancing Your Chakras, Part V: Throat

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Where you fit in this world and how you interact with others relates to the fifth chakra.

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. “― Martha Graham

Are you unsure of your vocation in life?

Do your words and actions coincide with your thoughts?

Can you diplomatically speak your truth and convey your distinct message to the world?

Find your true blue voice by cleaning and clearing your throat chakra—the bridge between your heart and mind, and the space for making wise decisions.

The fifth chakra, vishuddha, means purity. Located in the throat, vishuddha not only relates to the throat, but also to the ears and mouth. In this chakra we hear our untainted inner voice; the voice of compassion, wisdom, and knowledge. We also discover our channel for inspiration, creativity, and communication.

Vishuddha chakra’s element is ether/space. Its sense is hearing. Its color is blue.

Vishuddha governs the mouth, trachea, larynx, cervical spine, thyroid gland, jaw, neck, throat, ears, and skin. A person with a balanced fifth chakra confidently speaks the truth from their heart and compassionately hears the truth of others. They live a rich creative life manifesting their personal essence in the world.

An unbalanced fifth chakra can lead to thyroid dysfunctions, voice problems, neck, jaw and teeth issues, laryngitis, a sore throat, swollen glands, hearing problems, and ear infections. There may be tendencies to dominate or feel dominated by others, insecurity, inability to express creatively as well as excessive speaking or fear of speaking.

Don’t allow your one-of-a-kind expression to be lost. Practice yoga asana (poses), chant, meditate, and take action to bring balance to your throat chakra and uniqueness to the world.

Perform yoga poses that stimulate the throat such as:

  • Simhasana (lion pose)
  • Halasana (plow)
  • Matsyasana (fish)

Chant “om”

  • Sit comfortably.
  • Inhale deeply.
  • Chant “AAAUUUMMMMM." Extend the "m" sound until you run out of breath.
  • Repeat the chant at least 7 times.
  • Rest in the vibrations.


  • Silently reflect on the following affirmations for five minutes:
  • Inhale: "When I listen I hear the truth."
  • Exhale: "I allow the truth to speak through me."

Take Action and live your truth

  • Speak up regarding something you've been silent about.
  • Write a letter to the editor.
  • Sing, hum or read out loud.
  • Create something you can either display or perform.

“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.”—Christopher Morley

Next up Chakra VI: Ajna


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