The fifth chakra
A series about the 8 chakras of Kundalini Yoga - Throat Chakra
With the fifth chakra, after the lower triangle, the second triangle begins, which can be found among the chakras: the upper triangle. This fifth chakra, known as the throat chakra, is called “Vissudha” in Sanskrit. Translated this means purity. The upper and lower triangle are connected by Anahata, the heart chakra.
The throat chakra, as the name suggests, is located in the throat centre. On an organic level, the thyroid and parathyroid glands, trachea, throat and neck vertebrae are connected to this chakra. The colour for this chakra is light blue. On a sensual level this is the level of hearing. 👂🏽
The central theme of the throat chakra is the projected power of the word, which means hearing and speaking the truth. It is also about the expression of the soul and expressiveness in general, but also about authenticity, truth and higher self.
Here, experiences of your self-expression are processed, whereby it is mainly about the highest expression of your soul. A connection with the higher mind can be established if your throat chakra is permeable. Herein lies the source of understanding and the ability to communicate. Your very own search for truth lies hidden in this chakra and can be carried outwards through your communication as well as through contacts and wishes. With the help of this specific energy from the throat chakra you can achieve self-determination, freedom and independence. You can re-evaluate any beliefs you have learned through your own truth filter and thus live out these values. Consequently, there is room for the expression of your soul’s individuality - through communication or creative self-expression like for example dance or art. 💃🏽
The connection with your higher self is made possible through the throat chakra. Through this, soul messages as well as your own destiny can be felt free of any conditions. The identification with your own ego can be transcended through this chakra so that you can live your true self. An opening to the higher levels of the subtle dimension is also made possible. Now the greater connection behind all things can be recognized.
Just say it!
Let’s dive deeper into the realm of communication, of language. Everything starts with your spoken word (Vaak Siddhi), which is the highest of all seeds (Bija). This is the power that initiates manifestations of physical forms or actions solely through the utterance of the words. These are then the seeds for the emerging manifestations. Transmitted this means that the power of man is so strong when it comes to determining the direction of an action. The seeds are planted and from that moment on they are handed over to the laws of Maya. From then on it is difficult to change the course of events, because things have already been set in motion, the seed has already spread its roots and growth is taking place. 🌱
The spoken word stands for power to plant the seeds, which in turn can fulfill the highest destiny of someone. So if the word is mastered and with it the ability to initiate the actions that come out of the soul, then the gate to the higher regions of this upper triangle can be opened. This is why the throat chakra is also called an enormous gate. The power of projection is also not to be despised here. Communication in general is rather blunt, according to the motto “So be it”.
When the throat chakra is open …
… then you experience the perception of the subtle and are able to express yourself and your own truth. You can express sensations, feelings and attitudes freely and openly and have a preference for communication itself. This also means that disputes are not problems in themselves, as they are usually considered to broaden horizons. Speaking clearly and getting things to the point is generally not difficult. But it is also easy to listen, and this also means being able to understand other people - as well as yourself - from a higher perspective. At the same time, the own weaknesses are also accepted. People with an open throat chakra can improvise well. Furthermore, openness towards different kinds of inspiration prevails. The own wishes and the ability to manifest and fulfil them in the own life are perceived. Basically, the expression of the own intuition or soul is undisturbed. You can let yourself be led trustingly by your inner guidance, your intuition. With this you are authentic to yourself as well as to others and are in a more integral connection to your soul. It comes to an end of the identification with the ego, which enables the opening for the pure expression of the soul.
Out of balance
If, on the other hand, the throat chakra is disturbed, this can be due to painful experiences and a lack of self-expression as the being you are. Especially difficult life situations at the age of 16 to 21 years can have a negative effect on the development of the throat chakra and inhibit developments. The consequences are, for example, a disturbed self-expression and a disturbed communication with the environment. In addition, needs, wishes etc. cannot be communicated and others cannot be listened to. The inner fear of contact with others can then lead to inhibitions, which can also be explained by fear of rejection, criticism, loss of control and negative reactions in general. These fears, in turn, can lead to constructs of lies, exaggerations and even bizarre self-dramatization. In addition to uptightness, apathy can also occur in some cases. This whole behaviour serves as a protection, because nobody else is shown with the true self. To the outside world these people do not show themselves clearly.
Furthermore, there is often no access to the inner self and no trust in the own intuition. The self-confidence is low or even non-existent. In extreme cases, speech disorders occur. The world is also often perceived as colourless and poor, as the ability to dream, try out and improvise is rather poor. All this leaves pain for the own soul and can lead to remorse, self-condemnation and an excessive hardness towards oneself. On the physical level, possible symptoms include recurring inflammation of the throat and mouth or hyper- or hypothyroidism.
The throat chakra is dominated by the etheric element, which provides insights into the wondrous and mystical. Ether is considered the most subtle of all elements (besides earth, water, fire and air). Ether is regarded to be a state of time and space that allows a thing to exist. Thus this element is the very beginning of the manifestation process.
Main features of the heart chakra
- Sanskrit: Vissudha
- Position: Throat, neck
- Color: light blue
- Element: Ether
- Psychological function: Self-expression
- Challenge: Lying
- Creative identity
- “I talk.” / “I have the right to speak and be heard.”
Kundalini Yoga & Vissudha
To activate this chakra or to bring it back into balance, the following yoga exercises from Kundalini Yoga can help you. 🧘🏽♂️
- Any chanting
- Shoulder stand
- Plow pose
- Camel position
- Cat - Cow
- Neck rolls
- Neck Lock
- Nose to the knees
As usual, these exercises are not a panacea and you have to look for yourself individually, what exactly you can do in which way. If you are uncertain, please always consult your doctor.
During a Kundalini Yoga session usually different chakras are touched and activated, often with a focus. If you would like to know more about this or if you would like to book a Kundalini Yoga session with me on a specific chakra or topic, please feel free to send me an email as usual. ✉️