How does the Throat Chakra link to our emotions

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Today in my monthly chakra series we’re shining the spotlight on the throat chakra – the fifth chakra in the seven-chakra system. The throat chakra is especially interesting when it comes to our emotions – in particular the way in which we express them (or don’t – more on this later).

What is the throat chakra?

Symbolised by the colour blue, the throat chakra (Vishudda in Sanskrit) is located in the centre of the neck, around the Adam’s apple region. It governs our communication and language – both spoken and unspoken.

Although its name suggests that this chakra is focused only on the throat area, it also relates to the tongue, lips, jaw, neck and even the upper shoulders. It’s also the centre of responsibility and clarity.

When the throat chakra is in balance, we feel aware of and connected to our feelings - able to clearly and confidently express our emotions, speak our truth and share what we want and how we feel.

Signs the throat chakra is imbalanced include:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • An inability to say what needs to be said
  • Lack of confidence
  • Social anxiety
  • Shutting down
  • Easily silenced
  • Fear of public speaking

An imbalance in the opposite direction can cause overactivity in this area such as talking too much, interrupting others, putting your foot in your mouth often or using inappropriate language on a regular basis. Although the emotional impact of an imbalanced or stagnant throat chakra can result in a variety of unwanted feelings and mental difficulties, blocked energy in this area can also lead to physical manifestations, such as tight shoulders, sinus issues, sore throat, thyroid disorders and gum disease.

Many people struggle with a blocked or imbalanced throat chakra – so if this sounds like you, you’re not alone!

How is the throat chakra linked to our emotions?

Many of our emotions stem from how we communicate with others, or how they communicate with us. When we struggle to speak up for ourselves, advocate for what we want, tolerate harsh words or have our boundaries violated continuously, this can quickly impact upon our confidence, self-esteem and sense of wellbeing. That’s why getting the throat chakra back in balance can be a real breakthrough for many people, positively influencing their relationship with themselves and others.

Balancing the throat chakra

Just like the other chakras, the throat chakra can be healed and supported in a number of ways. A diverse approach is best – remember that everyone is unique, so try different techniques to see which ones work well for you.

Essential oils: I love to use essential oils both in my professional practice and in my personal life – and what many people don’t know is that they can be beneficial when working with the chakras, too. Essential oils for the throat chakra include rosemary, frankincense and eucalyptus. You can add these to a rollerball with carrier oil for on-the-go relief, or mix into a diffuser to create a healing environment at home.

Crystal therapy: Crystals are such an easy and accessible way for us to heal in many areas of our lives – including the chakras. Crystals for the throat chakra include aquamarine, blue lace agate, lapis lazuli and turquoise. You can continue to use the crystals even after your chakras are in balance to maintain optimal emotional health.  

Meditation: Guided meditations for each chakra can be really powerful, helping you to tap into your unconscious mind and unlock the healing potential within. You can find plenty on YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music with a quick search.

Energy healing: Energy healing (such as reiki) is a beautiful and gentle way to rebalance and realign the chakras. Simply book a reiki session and discuss your concerns with your practitioner first. The chakras should ideally be healed in order, and they’ll also be able to intuitively feel where the energy is needed the most.

Yoga: Certain yoga poses can help to bring the throat chakra back into alignment. Try shoulder stand, plough pose or fish pose. Even gentle head and neck rolls can help to stimulate and align the throat chakra.

Would you like to learn more about the chakra system and its link to our emotional wellbeing?

Take a look at my chakra series blogs here or get in touch to learn more about working with me.

You may also wish to download a copy of my Chakra Healing Guide

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