The Throat Chakra is playing a big part in our house lately. We've got some people around here working to find their voices and working on some throat chakra area health too. It's all good. So, we've actually been using some of the throat chakra "encouragers" or "openers" for a little while on a regular basis.
Vi Shuddha is the Throat Chakra. It is considered to be an area of purification and self expression. Its goal is truth, and its demon is lies. The pathway to finding a healthful throat chakra is to be authentic.....true to yourself.
If this resonates with you, then you'll want to know that blue is the color of the throat chakra (a little blue scarf does wonders to remind us to work on this area). To heal and encourage the throat chakra, we speak to be heard and work to find our voice (to stand up for ourselves, to stand up for others, to speak for a cause that we believe it, or whatever the case may be)
Nurture yourself with frankincense, lavender, peppermint, valor, and thieves. All of these oils promote calming and good health. Also, loosen your neck and shoulders with stretches in the mornings and evenings to awaken the throat chakra and to exercise it so that it may serve you.
Yoga poses that are good for your throat chakra include:
An Easy Neck Release: Find a comfortable seated position with a natural spine (no slouching/no arching). Let your left shoulder relax. Place right hand on left side of head and gently pull head to the right. Keep left shoulder relaxed. Take 3-5 deep breaths, and repeat on the other side.
Camel and Modified Camels: Before practicing any variation of this pose, stretch with a couple of sun salutations or other stretching of your choice (remember to stretch out the fronts of your thighs....your quads!) Kneeling, inhale a long spine. On the exhale, lean back and allow your head to fall backwards and your heart to come forward. 3-5 deep and even breaths. Carefully come back up and forward on an inhale and go into a child's pose for a few deep breaths. Work through the modifications until you maybe find the full expression of the pose. This is a giant front body stretch and opens the throat immensely.
Lion's Pose (Simhasana): Yes, it looks very silly, but it is wonderful for stress relief and to open your throat. It is also said to have many benefits, including relaxing throat muscles, improving the quality of the voice, easing stress in the face and helping to prevent wrinkles. I will attest to this one. After practicing it, my tight throat that has been greatly abused with allergies lately felt markedly better instantly. (Thank you to my friend @paleohope for reminding me of this one!) Kneeling, come forward to rest your fingertips on the ground. Look toward the middle of your forehead (the area of the third eye) and inhale. On the exhale, open your mouth as wide as you can, stick your tongue all the way out, and make the exhale sound like a giant ROAR! Repeat 3-5 times.
Have fun with these! Come join us in a Yoga in the Park class too, if you can. I'd love to see you there. The weather has been beautiful for our outdoor practice at Pringle Nature Center. Check our calendar and see what works for you. Wishing you a wonderful first week of October.