The Throat Chakra
Name and meaning: The Sanskrit name for the throat chakra is Vishuddha. This chakra is associated with the thyroid, throat, and the voice. While it is important for all of our chakras to be open and balanced, the throat is what allows us to speak our truth. Vishuddha is often referred to as the seat of communication and expression.
Color: The color you’ll see associated with the throat chakra is sky blue or turquoise.
Location: The throat chakra is located at the base of the throat and is associated with the laryngeal plexus and the carotid plexus. Its activation point is found in the middle of the throat.
Associated gland: The gland most frequently associated with the throat is the thyroid gland. The thyroid is the butterfly-shaped gland found in the lower neck below the Adam’s apple. Located in front of the trachea, it has two sides that are bridged in the middle. This gland is rich in blood vessels and nerves and regulates important bodily hormones. The thyroid governs our metabolism, growth, and development
Purpose: The throat chakra allows us to speak our truth and give vocal energy to our dreams and desires.
Activation: According to Anodea Judith, the throat chakra is activated between ages eight and twelve. Other systems say that activate starts as early as size and a half to eight. The Hindu system teaches us that activate occurs between ages twenty-eight and thirty-five. Hindu belief also states that the throat chakra is activated during a time when we are motivated by the expression of divine wisdom and higher knowledge.
Body parts managed: The throat chakra is linked to the neck, ears, jaws, teeth, mouth, trachea, vocal cords, thyroid gland, cervical vertebrae, shoulders, and esophagus.
Associated illnesses: When your throat chakra has experienced trauma, it can contribute to health concerns associated with any of the following areas:
- Mouth ulcers
- Thyroid dysfunctions
- Sore throat
- Ear infections
- Hearing issues
- Mouth problems
- Teeth and gum issues
- Neck problems
- Hay fever
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
Psychological traits: A developed vishuddha chakra helps us wrestle with the psychological issues of faith, decision making, expression, creativity, and the things we choose to vocalize or hold onto. This is our communication center where we learn to state our truth with dignity, respect, and kindness. If we speak lies and falsehoods, our throat chakra can become unbalanced and we may experience repressed anger, silence, or evasiveness.
When it’s unbalanced: If your throat chakra is closed or depleted, you may be experiencing throat conditions, an underactive thyroid, teeth grinding, and the fear of speaking.
In the event that your throat chakra is too open, you will be in a state of excess. During this time, you will be prone to gossiping, stuttering, loudness, lack of consideration, and engaging in compulsive behaviors such as overeating.
Balancing your throat eye chakra: A well-balanced vishuddha chakra allows you to express your creative side. You will communicate positively with those around you and listen consciously. You will feel a strong sense of ease and contentment when this chakra is balanced.
If you feel that your throat chakra is unbalanced, spend some time singing. You don’t have to sound like Celine Dion either, so set aside any self-judgment. Sing along with the radio, in the shower, or to your kids as they go to sleep. Another great way to keep this chakra in a balanced state is to drink plenty of water.