The fifth chakra, Vishuddha, is connected to the Space (or Ether) element. Our ability to self-express and have open, honest communication is created here. When our fifth or throat chakra becomes disturbed or closed, emotionally we can experience feelings of self-doubt, self-judgement, fear, and sadness. Physically, we can suffer from thyroid and parathyroid gland issues, neck and jaw pain, and hearing difficulties.
Some factors that contribute to imbalance are lack of communicating your true feelings and emotions, holding in urges to cry and speak your truth, and not speaking or listening with compassion. To become more aligned with our throat chakra, we need to look at how we express our truth. Do we constantly accommodate our routines and compromise our values for others? Do you hear yourself say, “If other people are happy, then I will be happy?” Do we half listen to others while they are speaking and feel an urge to share our own story without giving them our full attention?
Keeping a journal of your true thoughts, no matter how absurd or private they may feel, is an excellent tool to begin the flow through this chakra. Practice saying your real emotions in front of a mirror before expressing them to the person you want to share with. Practice active listening. Let the person you are speaking with fully express themselves without interruption.
Ujjayi breath, or ocean breath, is extremely effective is clearing the fifth chakra while balancing and stimulating the throat area. Whole, fresh foods such as beans, vegetables, fruits, and low inflammatory grains all support the fifth chakra as well as avoiding sugar and caffeine. Coconut oil is very nourishing to the thyroid as well as soothing to the throat tissues. Kanchanar guggulu, brahmi, shiliajit, and jatamansi are all excellent herbs for supporting thyroid conditions but always speak with your Ayurvedic practitioner before adding to your routine.
These thoughtful words were provided by Ayurveda expert Janelle Salzman. Learn more about Janelle on my Team page.