Our center of self-expression, our truth, identity, and of course our voice can be rebalanced and rejuvenated through using yoga for the throat chakra. Enjoy these asanas and the bija mantra for the throat chakra.
Yoga Is More Than A Workout
If you have gone to many yoga classes you may have already found out that yoga offers a deeper depth than just working out your body. Different teachers have their own style and some may transmit the message of classical yoga and teach you how to work with the subtle energy bodies.
Yoga is a holistic healing method which means it treats the person as a whole. It deeply cleanses the body, the mind, and the spirit. Working with the chakra system is a big part of getting the most out of your yoga practice.
The Throat Chakra
The throat chakra is the fifth chakra in the seven chakra system. It is located at the neck area ranging from the ears, mouth, and down the neck to the tops of the shoulder. It rules the thyroid gland, vocal cords, gums, tongue, jaw, shoulders, ears, and teeth.
It is represented by the element ether which is also referred to as space. The color light blue is associated with it. You can understand the fifth chakra as our center of communication which involves listening as well as expressing our uniqueness vibrational footprint.
Just as any chakra the throat chakra can become blocked by suppressed, unhealthy patterns, trauma, and any stagnation within its territory these practices will help you to clear blockages from your throat chakra.
Yoga Asanas For The Throat Chakra
If you are ready to move your body with a 30 min yoga practice then go ahead and follow along with the video below. Otherwise, you can use the listed asanas throughout the day to promote joy, release bitterness, and find deep compassion.
Asanas are the physical poses within yoga practice, this is where our movement practice comes in to heal and recalibrate the physical body. Here are some that work for the throat chakra:
- Matsyasana (Fish) – laying on your back bring the arms close to the sides of your body, inhale press into the forearms to lift the heart and lengthen the neck by rolling the head backward, squeeze the shoulder blades together in order to find a deeper back bend, eventually the crown of your head may come to touch the matt
- Simple neck rolls are a wonderful way to release tension from the throat chakra as well as clear away blockages within this chakra, learn more about what can block the throat chakra here.
- Bidalasana (cat-cow) – this can be performed seated or on all 4s, this warms up the spine, on your inhale lift from the heart roll the head slightly back, exhale fold from the stomach and curl the spine inwards
Bija Seed Mantra For Throat Chakra
Mantras originated in Vedic Sanskrit within India. Mantra translated and broken down from Sanskrit is “man” meaning mind and “tra” which can be understood as to transfer or transport. Connecting these two translations, we can understand a mantra works as a conduit for higher wisdom and profound healing.
At Cleveland University, research shows that the melodic and rhythmic tones created when chanting form a soothing effect in the body called the Neuro-linguistic effect [NLE]. The release of healing chemicals in the brain is increased when we are intentionally attaching a meaning or understanding to the mantra.
Which is called the Psycholinguistic effect [PLE]. Each of the seven chakras has its own bija mantra that can link you directly to the energy of the chakra at its peak state. Meaning repeating these mantras can directly open, purify, nourish, and balance your chakras.
The throat chakra’s bija mantra is Ham, pronounce the am as you would the word hum. You can chant this throughout your certain points within your yoga asana practice, during seated meditation, or when you want to bring more support to the throat chakra.