Throat

The fifth chakra, the throat chakra (Visuddha), is associated with mantra and speech. This chakra relates to our creative self-expression, ability to communicate, and speak honestly. A balanced fifth chakra gives us the ability to express ourselves. A balanced fifth chakra brings:

• the ability to communicate, both verbally and through writing
• confidence in our beliefs and ability to express them
• the capacity to listen and truly hear

Basic issues: creativity, communication, expression, humility, manifesting ideas

Associated body parts: throat, neck, ears, jaw, mouth, teeth, gums, tongue, thyroid

Emotional Issues: low self-esteem, shyness, frustration, dishonesty, criticism of self and others

Physical Issues: sore throat, upper respiratory illnesses, dental problems, ear infections, stiff neck, thyroid problems

Sanskrit: Visuddha
Location:
throat and neck
Color: azure
Mantra: hum
Element: ether
Sense: hearing
Food: fruits (eg. blueberries, blackberries)
Gemstones and crystals: azurite, turquoise, aquamarine, blue opal, carnelian
Essential oils: chamomile, orange, rosemary
Flower essences: cosmos, larkspur, larch
Yoga asana: Matsyasana (fish)
Beneficial activities: singing, chanting, painting, dancing, drumming