The fifth chakra is located in the throat and its physical sense is sound. The Visuddha, or purification center (as it is sometimes known), regulates a person’s communication, creativity and expression. Its energy flow is also related to creativity as well as inspiration and faith.
Visuddha also relates to the regions of neck, shoulders, arms and hands. The Throat Chakra physically regulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands. Physical problems such as a stiff neck, sore throat or cold, can occur when this chakra breaks down.
This chakra is sometimes associated with a blending of the heart chakra, green plus bright blue to make the color of deep indigo blue. Also when the throat is opened and there is pleasure through sound when practicing, the pelvis spontaneously moves as well. This seems to indicate a strong link between self-expression and passion.
When the throat chakra is balanced, one has inner trust, inner reliance and easily expressed ideas and thoughts. The throat chakra can be balanced by chanting, singing, or listening to music. A very effective way to do this is by taking a walk while admiring the bright, blue sky.
When the throat chakra is imbalanced, one feels selfish, has feelings of rejection and has difficulty in expressing oneself.
Suggested Yoga postures include:
Fish pose, Half Shoulder Stand, Plow, Camel, Crescent Moon, Standing Backbend
Color: Light Blue
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