The fifth chakra Vissuddha focuses on the area of the throat – the place for communicating your truth.
To look further at communication, we can consider the ethical quality of the yama known as truthfulness. The yamas (and niyamas) are the first step in the 8-fold path that is yoga. As a moral principle, truthfulness or satya, as it is called in Sanskrit, asks us to convey truth responsibly. Like the other yamas, we should consider truthfulness in thought, speech and action. That includes the manner in which we listen. To be true and clear in communication is to really hear what someone is saying.
To draw out your truthfulness or balance your throat chakra, try some of the following techniques:
- Sing, dance or read poetry out loud – express yourself with one of these creative methods
- Write – although it’s not the spoken word, it is an act of communication
- Try Chamomile tea or essential oil – a natural remedy for sore throats, its relaxing effects release tension
- Meditate or marinate under the clear blue sky – blue is the color of this chakra
- Ask for what you want
…we should progressively embrace what is real for us, so that we may find health and harmony. As you go deeper into yoga, remember that you are doing this study in order to remember yourself, to come home to all of you… – Rolf Gates