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The Throat Chakra – How to Balance the Fifth Chakra

The Throat Chakra – How to Balance the Fifth Chakra

The Throat Chakra is often associated with self-expression, communication, creativity, and truth-telling wisdom.

In this guide to the Throat Chakra we cover everything you need to know about this important chakra and different ways to rebalance it.


Throat Chakra Summary

  • Sanskrit name: Vishuddha Chakra
  • Location: The base of the throat
  • Color: Blue or turquoise (it’s sometimes referred to as the Blue Chakra)
  • Chakra element: Ether or Space
  • Symbol: Inverted triangle within a circle
  • Zodiac: Gemini
  • Energy: Masculine energy
  • Signs of a balanced Throat Chakra: Authentic self expression and confident communication.
  • Signs of an imbalanced Throat Chakra: Problems speaking the truth, sharing your views and anxiety around communication which can lead to negative outbursts and stress. Physical symptoms include a sore throat, painful jaw, mouth issues like ulcers.

What Are Chakras?

Chakras are energy points in the body and there are 7 major chakras that we tend to focus on:

  1. Root Chakra
  2. Sacral Chakra
  3. Solar Plexus Chakra
  4. Heart Chakra
  5. Throat Chakra
  6. Third Eye Chakra
  7. Crown Chakra

The chakras circulate prana or chi through the human body. The word “prana” comes from Sanskrit and means “life force.”

This essential life force energy sustains our physical, mental and spiritual health. The chakras are each connected to specific organs and bodily functions such as the heart, lungs, reproductive organs, spine, and nervous system.

What is the Throat Chakra?

The Throat Chakra is the fifth of the primary chakras. Also referred to as the Vishuddha Chakra or Fifth Chakra, it is connected to the element ether. Ether symbolizes space – it’s omnipresent and provides the freedom we need to communicate and express ourselves fully. 

The Vishuddha Chakra is represented by the color blue blue and is responsible for our communication skills, self-expression, and self-confidence.

With a balanced Throat Chakra, we can be true to ourselves and others. We can be heard and listen when others need to be heard. We can speak our truth easily and confidently to live a more fulfilled life overall.

The Vishuddha Chakra works hand-in-hand with the Heart Chakra by encouraging us to express our emotions openly. When they are both balanced, we can be truthful without fear of judgment. 

It also plays a key role in our relationships with others. With honest, confident communication we can share our feelings truthfully and work through emotional issues to build more rewarding and balanced relationships.

Where is the Throat Chakra Located?

The Throat Chakra is situated at the base of the throat. It is the bridge between the lower physical chakras like the Root Chakra and the upper chakras which connect us to the divine – the Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra.

chakra body
Seven primary chakras in the body

Signs of a Blocked Throat Chakra

When you have an unbalanced Throat Chakra, it can manifest as tension or an inability to express oneself physically or emotionally.

If we’re not speaking our truth, it can continue to build up inside us resulting in outbursts or negative behaviors, causing problems for ourselves or others around us.

A blocked Throat Chakra can manifest differently for everyone, but there are some common symptoms.

Emotional Symptoms

  • An inability to express your personal truth
  • A tendency to lie
  • Difficulty asserting oneself
  • Criticism of yourself and others
  • A habit of offending others
  • Poor listening skills
  • Difficulty keeping your word
  • Emotional outbursts
  •  Isolation and disconnection from others

Physical Symptoms

  • Sore throat
  • Neck pain
  • Thyroid issues
  • Mouth or tooth pain
  • Tight shoulders or pain in the shoulder blades

What Causes an Overactive or Underactive Throat Chakra?

Many of us have experienced difficulty expressing ourselves at some point in our lives. If this has happened to you, it is likely due to a blockage of the Throat Chakra.

An overactive or underactive Throat Chakra is often the result of personal experiences or external circumstances. Such as:

  • Controlling or negative relationships where you are unable to speak openly and honestly.
  • Extreme stress or overworking which means you don’t get time to connect with your inner voice or build rewarding connections with others.
  • Spending time with people who are indecisive, deceitful or narcissistic.
  • Past traumatic experiences which lead you to feel overwhelmed, anxious or fearful. 
  • Spending time in situations or relationships where you are expected to be perfect or often criticized.  

For whatever reason, if you are dealing with an overactive or under-active Throat Chakra, there are steps you can take to heal this energy center which we cover later in this guide.

Listening to the 741hz frequency can be very beneficial for Throat Chakra healing

Symptoms of the Throat Chakra Opening

When the Vishuddha Chakras is opening, there are certain symptoms you may experience. Common ones include:

  • Improved communication skills
  • An ability to express emotions openly and honestly
  • Increased creative energy
  • Improved listening skills
  • Improved self-expression
  • Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
  • More peace of mind and less anxiety
  • Reduced sensitivity to criticism and judgment from others
  • Inner happiness and contentment
  • Increased sensitivity and empathy

As the Fifth Chakra opens, you might also find yourself being more confident and speaking up more often. You won’t feel as embarrassed or inhibited about expressing yourself.

If you have been holding back for fear of getting hurt, this could be your chance to gain the courage to truly be yourself.

How to Heal Your Throat Chakra

Once you understand the root cause of a Throat Chakra blockage, it is a lot easier to go about healing it.

There are lots of different ways to heal your chakras. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular techniques for healing your Throat Chakra.

Throat Chakra Oils

Using pure essential oils to unblock chakras is an uplifting and soothing way to heal your energy centers. Some aromatherapy oils are particularly good for the Throat Chakra, the most popular ones include:

  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Eucalyptus
  • Ravensara
  • Rose
  • Galbanum

It’s up to you how you use essential oils – you can either add a couple of drops to an oil burner or purifier, or you could apply some to your pulse points or the location of the chakra. You can also look out for chakra candles containing essential oils.

Essential oils can be very potent so remember to dilute them with a carrier oil before applying them directly to the skin.

Ylang ylang oil is particular healing for the Throat Chakra

Throat Chakra Guided Meditation

Guided meditation is a great way to support your mental and spiritual well being. It can help you find the peace and clarity you need to address your inner emotions and remove chakra blockages.

If you are new to chakra meditation then you could start with the following simple Throat Chakra meditation flow:

  • Find a quiet, peaceful environment where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Sit up straight on a chair or on the floor on a cushion.
  • Close your eyes and take several deep breaths.
  • Slow your breathing and feel your body relax with each exhale.
  • After a few minutes, start to visualize a blue glowing light at your throat. With each breath, visualize your Throat Chakra growing with life force energy and with each exhale, watch this healing energy radiate out to the rest of your being.
  • Repeat this flow until you feel totally at ease. If your mind wanders, keep bringing it back to the blue light at your throat. 
  • Aim for 10 minutes or as long as you feel comfortable. 

You can combine this meditation flow with mindful breathing exercises like Nadi Shuddhi.

Throat Chakra Stones and Crystals

Using precious stones and crystals is another great way to work on your chakras.

Some popular Throat Chakra crystals include:

  • Blue Calcite – Helps to release negative energy so you can enjoy the gift of creativity, peace, and happiness.
  • Turquoise – Helps to promote mental relaxation and communication.
  • Blue Apatite – Soothes and calms your mind, allowing for open and honest communication with others.
  • Blue Topaz – This blue stone is said to encourage truthful and honest communication. 
  • Blue Quartz – Attracts positive energy your way, increases your sense of self-worth, and lifts your mood by removing negative attitudes.
  • Aquamarine – This is a wonderful stone that helps you find inner peace on many different levels, helping to bring confidence and self-acceptance.

There are lots of different ways to use chakra crystals, you can wear chakra stone jewelry, place healing crystals around your home, hold chakra crystals while you meditate or even take a crystal bath.

You can find some more suggestions in our guide to the best crystals for chakra healing.

Yoga Poses for the Throat Chakra

Asanas or yoga poses are also another great way to heal the Throat Chakra. Yoga is a practice that promotes balance within the mind, body, and spirit. It is an excellent tool to try when you’re dealing with any kind of physical or emotional issues.

Make sure you only choose gentle asanas that won’t aggravate the condition of this chakra center. Here are a few Throat Chakra yoga poses and asanas that can help:

  • Balasana (Child’s Pose) – This pose is considered to be very effective in healing throat chakra issues and helps to open your throat for better expression of yourself.
  • Virasana (Hero’s Pose) – This yoga pose is good for calming the mind and relieving tension in the neck.
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) – This pose helps to stretch the muscles of your back and can help to heal your lower throat.
  • Marjaryasana III (Seated Wide-Legged Forward Bend) – A good pose for releasing stress from your body and opening up your Throat Chakra.
  • Bhujangasana II (Cobra Pose) – This pose helps to release stress from your physical body and improves the circulation of the throat chakra.
Child’s pose
Child’s Pose

Throat Chakra Mudras

Using mudras is another way to restore balance in your Throat Chakra. Mudras are the hand gestures that are often used in yoga to channel and rebalance our energies.

There are also certain mudras that can help to heal and balance your Vishuddha Chakra:

  • Akasha Mudra – This mudra is a powerful tool for promoting inner peace and tapping into the spiritual energy of the universe.
  • Mudra II (Bending Forward) – This position combines hand gestures with full body movement and it is a good technique to use when you find yourself struggling with low energy or feeling blocked in your Throat Chakra. Bending forward helps to open up the throat so you can communicate with other people more effectively.
  • Granthita Mudra – This gesture takes its name from the Sanskrit word “granthi” meaning knot. It involves interlocking the fingers to release energy blockages in the Throat Chakra. 
  • Mudra III (Wrist Gestures) – Wrist gestures help to open up the Throat Chakra when you find yourself struggling with low energy levels. By moving your wrist in a circular motion, you are able to work on promoting a balanced flow of energy.
  • Mudra IV (Rubbing the Shoulder Area) – This position soothes the shoulders, stimulating the nerves of your Throat Chakra.
Akasha Mudra
Akasha Mudra

Throat Chakra Affirmations

Affirmations are a great way to lift up your mood and help you to live your life to the fullest. When you have a blocked Throat Chakra, it is important to use your voice and speak openly and honestly. 

Affirmations allow you to relieve any stress or anxiety you might feel so that you can get back on the right track.

If you’re feeling down, anxious or just generally not in the best mood, there are certain affirmations that you can recite to help lift your mood and heal the Throat Chakra, such as:

  • I honor my true feelings and share them with conviction.
  • I am grateful for my voice.
  • My words inspire and motivate others.

Positive affirmations have been shown to help to reprogram negative thought patterns and help promote a more positive outlook. Repeating affirmations regularly will help you become more at ease with your inner emotions and be able to speak your truth more easily.

Throat chakra affirmations
Throat Chakra affirmations

Throat Chakra Journaling

Chakra journaling is a powerful tool for personal growth and self-discovery. It helps us to uncover challenging emotions or experiences that can be blocking our energy flow.

All you need to do is find a quiet spot, a pen and paper and start writing down everything in your mind. Don’t question your thoughts or correct yourself, just write. Using chakra journal prompts is a good way to start exploring the health of your chakras. 

You can use Throat Chakra journal prompts like:

  • How do I live my authentic truth in my daily life?
  • How can I open myself up to more opportunities for creative expression?
  • How can I cultivate more confidence in situations where I’m called to speak my truth?

Reiki Chakra Healing

Reiki chakra healing is another powerful way to heal your Throat Chakra. Reiki is a form of energy healing which usually involves you lying down while a reiki practitioner releases stuck energy and guides life force energy to the parts of your being that are blocked.

In reiki chakra healing for the Throat Chakra, the practitioner will focus energy towards your Throat Chakra to open up and rebalance this area. You can also practice reiki chakra healing at home using our reiki guide.

Sound Healing

Each chakra corresponds to a specific frequency. The frequency for the Throat Chakra is 741hz and the musical note G. 

When we use an instrument or our voice to emit this musical note or frequency, it can harmonize and heal the vibrational frequency of the Throat Chakra. 

Sound therapy has been shown to help with our emotional and physical wellbeing in lots of different ways, including improving our sleep, reducing stress and soothing anxiety. 

There are lots of different sound healing tools you can use including chakra singing bowls, turning forks or even just your voice by chanting.

Root chakra singing bowl
Chakra Singing Bowl

Takeaway

A healthy Throat Chakra will give you a sense of confidence and allow you to express yourself freely with others. Authentic communication is an essential part of our chakra healing journey and our growth as an individual. 

Healing and balancing any chakra is an ongoing process which takes time. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different healing techniques until you find the right combinations that work for you and which you can adopt in your life on a long term basis.

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  • Clare Smith

    Hi, I’m Clare – writer and publisher of Chakra Practice. I’m a certified chakra energy healer and a philosophy major. I love researching and writing about everything to do with chakras, including trying out new crystals, candles, essential oils – anything that can help me in my practice.

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