In September classes we will be working on bringing balance to Vishuddhi (sometimes called Vishuddha) in our practice of asana, breath work, hasta mudra (hand gestures), meditation and relaxation.
Vishuddhi, the fifth chakra, is the energy centre of the throat, and translates to “purification”. It is the first of the higher energy centres, located behind the throat pit and related to the thyroid gland.
This is the centre of communication and self-expression, the emphasis being on developing the ability to convey clear and purposeful speech and thought; expression with the value of compassion generated from the heart.
It is associated with the element ether (space) and when Vishuddhi is activated, the mind becomes freed from thought and filled with space. Also governing the ears, it is the point for receiving sound vibrations and when awakened and purified, this chakra sharpens hearing through both the ears and the mind.
Vishuddhi is depicted as a blue lotus with 16 petals and the bija mantra is Ham.
It is vital to pay respect and acknowledgement to our sources:
Judith, A. (2015) Chakra Yoga. Woodbury: Llewellyn Publications.
Pacheco, R. (2016) Do your Om thing. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
Saradananda, S. (2015) Mudras for Modern Life. London: Watkins Media Ltd.
Saraswati, S. N. (2016) Prana and Pranayama. Bahir India: Bihar School of Yoga.
Simpson, L. (2016) The Book of Chakra Healing: A Spiritual System of Cosmic Healing. London: Octopus Publishing.