The throat chakra, or also called Vishuddha-chakra is located in the throat area. Topics like ‘expression’ and communication are important here: the receiving (to hear and to smell) but also the sending out (to talk). Isabelle told you yesterday why it is so important to keep your throat chakra in balance.
Yoga for the Vishuddha Chakra
Asanas, in which you can physically feel the throat, or which open up the throat area, are great postures to work with.
Asanas to activate the throat chakra:
- Sarvangasana – the shoulder stand
- Halasana – the plow
- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana – bridge pose
- Matsyasana – the fish (see photo)
The shoulder stand
The shoulder stand is a perfect Asana to feel the throat chakra intensly, even if I’m not the biggest fan of this posture. You should only practice the shoulder stand or the plow if you don’t have any problems or issues with your neck area and if you’re feeling safe when doing so. When in doubt, you might want to ask your Yoga teacher for assistance. You should also avoid turning your neck to the left or right to avoid straining the neck too much. Focus your eyes on a point above you and balance the weight of your body evenly on your shoulders.
To come out of the pose simply roll down on your spine mindfully and slowly and stay laying on your back for a few moments, maybe even with your feet placed on the ground. Then it’s a good idea to add a ‘counter movement’ like the fish pose (as you can see on the photo). The crown of your head doesn’t necessarily need to touch the ground, as this might put too much tension on your neck. After that, just lay on your back a few moments before moving on to the next Asana. Traditionally the shoulder stand and the contrary pose is practiced at the end of a Yoga class as it belongs to the inversions which are supposed to calm the mind and body.
The throat chakra is a gateway for many Pranayamas – the breathing techniques in Yoga. Especially the Ujjayi-breath can be used to actively work with the Vishudda. Breathe deeply, constantly and mindfully through your nose and narrow your glottis: then you can observe and feel the breath all the way down to your lungs through your throat and can bring all of your attention to your breath. Also, you can listen to the sound that this breath creates – like the waves of an ocean.
Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for the next article ;)