The fifth chakra is the prize in a well-balanced energetic life. It is the ultimate reward of stabilizing and rebalancing the preceding chakras. With a strong foundation, we effortlessly have the ability to speak from the heart, feel confidence and strength, and transform difficulty into abundance.
Vishuddha means “Pure Place” in Sanskrit, representing that tender place in us that exists without the ever-changing circumstances of the mind. It is that vibration within that honors the path we’re on. It is untouched by the effects of the ego, and assists you in helping others understand your purpose here on Earth. The “Pure Place” is the light that lives in us all. When activated, it shines through dark perspectives, and illuminates our good will, and the love of the Universe, too.
The fifth chakra has an intimate relationship with what means the most to us. This is the energy center that directly affects our ability to speak with courage, clarity and commitment. Its power is known through courageous expression and the ability to say that which needs to be said. Its clarity relies in knowing when to speak, and when to hold silence as the most powerful way to communicate. The commitment comes from not overriding feelings that need to be heard.
As with the other chakras, suppression of this energy center can manifest into physical difficulties in the vicinity of this energy center, the throat. It is very natural to feel restriction in the throat area when you are having difficulty relating to what is real for you in your life: irritation, loss of voice, infections, or the feeling of the throat closing up. An especially common ailment is disorder of the thyroid.
The fifth chakra longs to interact and contribute in healthy communication so when we hold onto anger, participate in gossip, and blame others, the energy of Vishuddha is blocked, restricting the potent capacity of this chakra. When we find the strength of character to stop complaining, and instead look in gratitude towards that which is before us, we experience our own truth in the most powerful way.
Please remember that all practice recommendations are offered with the understanding that you and your healing team know what’s best for you. If any of these offerings feel like they would compromise your well-being, do not do them. Thank you for always checking in with your life first.
Fifth Chakra Meditation
In the morning, find a comfortable supportive seat in the sun. This can be on your meditation pillow or on a chair, and as with all the yoga and meditation practices I introduce, if you are on a chair make sure your feet are on the ground and your spine in lengthened. Take three full breaths, inhaling to the count of five, and then exhaling to the count of five, and then suspending the breath for a count of five. Do this for six rounds of breath. On the sixth round, release the breath pattern and lift your chin. Making sure the warm sun rays are on your throat, breathe naturally. Set your timer for three minutes and bask in the healing energy of the sun.
Fifth Chakra Asana
All backbends have a potent effect on the throat. Please move slowly in opening this center—too much too fast can bring up a lot at once, so be truthful with yourself in easing into these practices. Observe and respect where you are, because there is no competition here.
Before we move into a gentle back bend, let’s fold forward. Standing, place your feet hip-width apart, or far enough away from one another that you feel you have strong, balanced base. Find length in your spine, and take a few truthful breaths. On the next inhale, bend from the waist and fold forward. Notice where your hands meet your legs: it could be your thighs, calves, feet or the floor, but wherever you are, make sure your head has released forward. You can check this by doing a gentle yes and no movement with your head. Breathe for three rounds.
Now, finding strength in the legs, lift yourself very slowly, one vertebrae at a time, with your head the last to arrive as you stand up. Stand tall, arms by your side, palms facing forward.
For the back bend, inhale with the arms overhead, get them as near to your ears as possible. Feel the strength of your core. On the inhale, stretch up further, exhale, and lower the arms. This time when you inhale, bring arms overhead, stretch up and go back. Continue to breathe in the pose, and only go as far back as the breath will allow. In other, words if you are no longer breathing deep full breaths, you are in too far, so please back off.
Continue this opening exercise for six rounds.
Fifth Chakra Meals
I am including two recipes for the fifth chakra. The throat chakra is associated with the mouth, throat, thyroid gland and esophagus, and is stimulated by spicy foods and nourished by soothing drinks. These two recipes encourage balance in the center. Enjoy!
Haylie Pomroy’s Curried Coconut Carrot Soup
This soup is very thick and creamy, with well-balanced flavor — you definitely taste the carrot, curry and coconut in harmony.
Serves 7 (1 1/2 cups per serving)
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
- 6 cups scrubbed, unpeeled carrots, roughly chopped (about 1 1/3 pounds)
- 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly chopped ginger root
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Black pepper to taste (optional)
- Optional garnishes: Coconut milk, crushed red pepper flakes, fresh cilantro
Heat the coconut oil in a large soup pot over medium heat, and add the onions. Cook the onions for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the carrots, and cook and stir for another 5 minutes. Stir in the next 5 ingredients (broth through red pepper flakes). Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until the carrots are softened, about 10 or 15 minutes.
When carrots are soft, carefully blend the soup in batches in a blender (use a towel to hold the lid down firmly) or use an immersion hand blender and puree until smooth. Season with salt and optional pepper. Garnish with a swirl of coconut milk, extra crushed red pepper flakes, and sprigs of fresh cilantro, if you like.
I also recommend trying the Masala Chai Iced Coconut Drink from Tales of a Kitchen / The Whole Pantry!
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