Vishuddha is the name of our fifth chakra, and it is also known as the throat chakra due to its location at the intersection of the bones of the collarbone with the third cervical vertebra. It governs all the organs around this area, namely the trachea, throat, vocal cords, nose, ears and endocrine glands of the thyroid.
Vishuddha is connected to our expressive faculties, sincerity, diplomacy and creative expression.
The element that represents this chakra is the ether, the quintessence idealised by Aristotle. Vishuddha is represented with a turquoise lotus with sixteen petals, and its colour is indeed light blue or turquoise, a symbol of purity and transparency.
When the fifth chakra is open and balanced, our creative side and our social relations benefit. We are well disposed towards personal growth, successful communication, and participation to the community. The ethereal space represents the absence of judgment in us and allows us to express ourselves in a way that is crystal-clear, free from prejudices about others.
When Vishuddha is blocked, we can be affected on both the physical and psychological levels. As far as the first is concerned we can more easily incur respiratory infections such as sinusitis, colds, tracheitis, faringitis and laryngitis, but also in thyroid disorders, hearing and cervical problems.
On the psychological and emotional level, we can experience difficulty in listening to others and communicating our ideas. We avoid social interactions, because of our shyness, introversion and sense of inadequacy. We cannot trust ourselves, our ideas and our abilities.
On the other hand, the fifth chakra works excessively, we adopt a completely opposite attitude: we experience restlessness and excessive self-esteem, but also we tend to speak too fast and too impulsively. We are driven by anger, pride, and a false sense of superiority.
|Position||At the level of the throat, at the intersection of the bones of the collarbone|
|Function||Communication, openness to next, listening|
|Crystals and Stones||All blue stones, especially chalcedony and sodalite|
This way of breathing calms the mind and it is used to balance emotions.
Ujjayi Pranayama detoxifies the body and helps with digestive problems (e.g. gastritis). With the regular practice of Ujjayi pranayama health improves and the body becomes stronger thanks to its effect on the thyroid. This breathing exercise is also very useful for fighting depression.
Focus on the throat.
Start by inhaling and exhaling deeply through the nose for 5-10 minutes. At the same time, put a slight pressure at the back of your throat so that your breath sounds similar to that of ocean waves.
Your attention needs to be completely focused on the sound of the breath
The effect of Ujjayi Pranayama can be strengthened with Jalandhara Bandha and Khechari Mudra.
Through Jalandhara Bandha the blood flow to the throat is blocked and this allows an increase in fresh blood flow when we lift the head.
Start by exhaling to empty your lungs and hold your breath. Then place your hands on your knees, move your body slightly forward, and press your chin on your sternum. Hold this position as long as you feel comfortable. When you need to inhale, slightly lift your head.
This mudra should be performed at the same time as Ujjayi Pranayama. This will prevent the throat from drying out too much during the exercise.
It consists simply in rolling the tongue backwards and placing it on the soft palate.