by Cindy VanDyke
This energy center is at the throat and governs the mouth, throat, ears, hands, and thyroid. It is known as Visuddha. It is our communication center, or area of self-expression. It is the chakra for speaking and being heard, and is connected to the vibration of sound.
This chakra emanates the color blue. When excess energy is present, one may talk excessively, display poor listening skills and loud expression. In cases such as these, the colour orange is beneficial. If this energy is deficient, one may fear speaking, display weak voice and deny creative expression. This is when the colour blue is needed. When this chakra is balanced, voice is full with clear communication, we are good listeners, and display creative expression.
This chakra needs fruit, fruit juices, neck and shoulder stretches, as well as chanting, singing, listening to music and being in silence. The ocean breath, known as the Ujjayi breath, is always beneficial for this center. The yoga postures to support this chakra are bridge, fish and camel.
This center is like a funnel, with energy coming down from above an rising from below. This area is narrow so it is important that for growth and expression, you allow the flow of energy through here by maintaining balance in this chakra.
The first four centers are physical, emotional, self-identification, and self-expression. This center transforms, accessing the mental and spiritual realms.
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