Throat Chakra and its Function
Throat Chakra is located at the base of the throat, along the spine. Adequate energy flow at this Chakra enables the person to be expressive and controls the functions of respiratory system in the body. People with blockages in energy flow at this Chakra are likely to experience difficulties in social gatherings, feel shy of expressing themselves, and are likely to be prone of catching cold, cough and/ or breathing issues. The adequate energy flow at this chakra, enables the person to overcome all the above mentioned issues. This can be achieved by regular mediation or healing of this Chakra.
The Chakra is signified by the blue lotus with sixteen petals. The chant for meditating on this Chakra is “ham” (“h” while inhaling and “m” while exhaling). The mudra (finger posture) for meditating on the Throat Chakra is as shown in the below pic.
Meditation on the Throat Chakra
Meditation at this Chakra is done after meditation at the Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra and Heart Chakra (in that order). Or, direct meditation at this Chakra can also be done if a person is dealing with any issue pertaining to this specific Chakra.
To meditate on the Throat Chakra, first the person needs to be seated on a mat on the floor, cross-legged (or on a chair normally), spine straight, head over shoulders. Be relaxed, gently close eyes, bring your focus on your breath and try to let go tension in the muscles of various body parts.
Once you feel that you are in a relaxed state and have settled your focus on your breath, witness your breath rate gradually slowing down – dont force it, just let it happen. In this state, now gradually shift your attention to the Throat Chakra. Visualize the blue colored sixteen-petal lotus and mentally chant “h” while inhaling, and chant “m” while exhaling. With each inhalation, visualize the lotus booming and with each exhalation, visualize it shrinking a bit.
If you are shifting your meditation from the Heart Chakra to the Throat Chakra, just gently shift the position of your mudra from the earlier one to the mudra for this Chakra and shift the mental chant from yam to ham.
Subtle Changes you can experience as a result of this meditation
After few weeks of regular practice, you will start feeling building up energy flow and a tingling sensation at the Throat Chakra. You would also experience significant improvement in your ability to be expressive and overcoming your usual inhibitions. You might experience your growing tendency of being simple and straight to the point in your communication. These all are indications that your practice is going in the right direction. Keep practicing every day!