The Throat Chakra, also known as Vishuddha, is one of the seven main energy centers or chakras in the body. It is located in the center of the neck at the height of the thyroid gland, which is connected to your ability to communicate, self-expression, authenticity, and speak your inner truth. Practicing yoga can help balance and activate the throat chakra.
Yoga poses that activate and open the throat area, supporting the energy flow in the Throat Chakra. Poses like Fish Pose (Matsyasana), Camel Pose (Ustrasana), Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana), and Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana) stretch and stimulate the throat region. These poses encourage an open and expansive posture, allowing for better communication and self-expression.
Chanting the bija mantra “Ham” (pronounced as “hahm”) associated with the Throat Chakra can help activate and balance its energy. Similarly specific pranayama techniques can help balance and activate the throat chakra such as Ujjayi breath, or “Victorious Breath,”.
Read on to learn about the yoga poses to balance the energy flow in the Throat Chakra as well as help you contribute to opening Throat chakra.
5 Best Throat Chakra Yoga Poses
This practices include healing sound (mantra), breathing technique (pranayama), and yoga asana for opening Throat Chakra.
Lion’s Breath (Simhasana Pranayama)
Practicing Lion’s Breath helps awaken and activate the Throat Chakra that helps release tension and stagnation in the throat area, allowing any blockages or inhibitions to be released.
Sit in a comfortable knee-down position or Vajrasana. Inhale deeply, then as you exhale, open your mouth wide, stick out your tongue, and exhale forcefully while making a “ha” sound. Repeat this several times, allowing any tension or stagnant energy to be released from your throat.
Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana)
This inversion pose stimulates the throat area and helps to align the body and stimulate the energy flow through the throat region. Sarvangasana opens up the neck and throat area, allowing energy to flow freely through the Vishuddha Chakra.
Begin by lying on your back. As you inhale, engage your core muscles and gently lift your legs off the ground, bringing them perpendicular to the floor, supporting your lower back with your hands. Point your toes and keep your legs active and engaged. Keep your neck and throat elongated, and breathe deeply.
Fish Pose (Matsyasana)
Fish Pose is a beneficial yoga pose for opening and activating the Throat Chakra. It helps to stretch and open the neck, throat, and chest area, promoting the flow of energy and stimulating the Vishuddha Chakra.
Begin by lying flat on your back on a yoga mat. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the ground, close to your buttocks. Bring your hands underneath your buttocks. Press your forearms and elbows into the mat, supporting your lower back. Inhale deeply, and as you exhale, gently lift your upper body off the ground, arching your back and lifting your chest toward the sky. You can keep your eyes closed and focus on the sensations in your throat and chest area.
Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
Camel Pose, is an excellent yoga pose for balancing and activating the Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra). This backbend stretches the entire front body, including the throat and chest area, allowing for the release of tension and promotes self-expression.
Start by kneeling with your knees hip-width apart. Place your hands on your hips, begin to arch your back, leaning backward, allowing your chest to open up and lift toward the ceiling. As you continue to lean back, reach your hands back one at a time to grasp your heels. Keep your neck relaxed and in a neutral position.
Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)
Lie flat on your back on a yoga mat with your knees bent and feet hip-width apart. Press your feet firmly into the ground as you engage your core muscles and lift your hips off the mat.
A balanced Throat Chakra fosters communication, authentic self-expression, and creative flow. When this Chakra is balanced, we feel confident in expressing thoughts and emotions, and able to communicate effectively and honestly.