Visuddha Chakra (Throat Chakra)
Visuddha is the energy center of communication and expression. It allows you to connect with your life’s purpose and express it to the world. It is how you share your thoughts and feelings with others, and how you speak your truth. When this center is in balance, you speak effortlessly with wisdom and honesty. When it is blocked—which can happen when something shifts in your life, when you’re feeling unsure, or when you don’t voice how you truly feel— your throat and neck might feel tight or strained, and you may (literally) have a hard time speaking up for yourself and expressing your beliefs. THE POSE // MATSYASANA Fish Pose This pose stretches and stimulates your neck and throat muscles—and the glands that regulate metabolism and hormonal levels. Physically stretching and lengthening the front of your neck brings fresh circulation to throat tissues and allows energy to flow more freely within your throat chakra.
HOW TO Lie on your back with your legs together, forearms close to your body. Begin lifting your rib cage and chest toward the sky while allowing your head to relax backward. Gently lift and place the crown of your head on your mat, drawing your shoulder blades together to expand and broaden your chest and throat. Stay here for 5–8 slow, deep breaths.