Throat chakra: find your voice with open communication and flowing creativity.

Via on May 24, 2011

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“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ~ George Orwell

Throat chakra concerns: communication, creativity, voice, expression, consumption, purification

5th chakra essential questions:

How do I express my unique creativity?

What healthy/unhealthy [foods/drinks/information/ideas] am I consuming?

How can I communicate my ideas, needs and wants clearly and compassionately?

What are the qualities of my voice?

5th chakra thoughts:

Open communication is the essential foundation of every relationship. Total honesty provides the necessary foundation for trust, love, respect and mutual growth. We first must be honest with ourselves in order to be open, trusting and compassionate with others. Like yoga, total honesty takes practice. I graduated from the College of Communication (at UT-Austin) and like to joke that I know it all. Obviously, communication affects every aspect of life, and it is an ongoing challenge to stay aware, be candid — and know when to shut up.

5th chakra poem:

Ode to Amanda
You are loyal like the sun
Growth is where we overlap
Sprout with giggles
Fail with intensity
We are content to sit
In a jade pool
Water rushing over our legs forever
Abandoning petty stresses
Inhaling presence
We sit
And then move
Toward no destination
At all times

Practice suggestions:

  1. The element of vishuddha chakra is SOUND, so chanting (e.g. “OM”, “Sat Nam”, “Om mani padme hum”) can help balance and heal this chakra.
  2. Gentle neck stretches and shoulder openers
  3. Inversions Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand) and Halasana (Plow Pose), followed by Fish (Matsyasana)
  4. Practicing to healing sounds like Tibetan singing bowls, African drums, ocean waves, etc.
  5. Peaceful mantra meditation

Vishuddha music:

Communication Breakdown by Led Zeppelin
Hello Goodbye
by The Beatles
People Gonna Talk
by James Hunter
Rehab
by Amy Winehouse
Express Yourself
by Madonna

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Throat chakra literature:

Right Speech: How Workable Is It? -Tricycle Magazine
Tracking Wonder blog
by Jeffrey Davis
7 Simple Tips to Deal with Negative People
by Celestine Chua
The Elements of Style
by William Strunk and E. B. White
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Freedom
by Jonathan Franzen

About Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a proponent of natural, lifelong learning through yoga, mindfulness, living, loving and letting go. An avid reader, writer and blogger, she's a loyal lover of words and languages, especially English, Spanish, Sanskrit and Pali. Michelle is a 34-year-old gringa in Guatemala where she lives near the most beautiful lake in the world with her life partner, daughter and gato, Oscar. She has been teaching hatha yoga since 2002 when she created Yoga Freedom. She learned yoga from a book at age 12 and found Buddha in California at 23. She's written about mindful living on elephant journal since 2010. Read her blog or books, or come on down for a retreat! She is currently teaching third and fourth grade language arts, co-writing a book on Evolving Education and developing an online Natural Learning Community. Connect with Michelle on Google+ or Facebook.

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