Finding Your Voice and Opening the Throat Chakra:
I have secretly (not-so-secret) been working on my throat chakra for a couple years now. It's one of my favorite 'least favorite' things. Our throat, or the 5th chakra is about expression and owning our voice. Coming into our throat chakra and recognizing what our truth is and being able to express that in an authentic and genuine way is a talent that is irreplaceable. If our 5th chakra is out of balance we can feel non-focused, indecisive, or even unable to own our own authority or ideas. Ideally, everything we express to the world would be honest and pure. But, we all know we say things we don't mean and there are times when we hold back, 'people-pleasing' ourselves out of our own authenticity.
Facts: I both am a people pleaser, an over-talker, and have thyroid issues.....mmmm.....Yeah, the golden invitation has my name written ALLLL over it. I get it.
Drink a cup of Hot Lemon Water
Hot lemon water cleanses and coats the throat, allowing it feel safe and lubricated for expression and use. It's also helpful in our digestion and clears the esophagus and thyroid.
Mantra Girl – Gobinday - Spotify or Youtube
This is a long chant, so feel free to set a timer for 5-10 minutes. "Gobinday Mukanday", also called the Guru Gaitri mantra, is a powerful tool to clear the subconscious mind and according to Yogi Bhajan, master of Kundalini yoga, clear deep-seated blocks. He also said this mantra could balance the hemispheres of the brain and bring patience and compassion to the listener.
Cheat sheet for the words:
Gobinday, Mukanday, Udaaray, Apaaray, Hariang, Kariang, Nirnaamay, Akaamay
Simple Yoga Flow
Just repeat it once or twice on each side
Standing Heart Opener
Forward fold - opposite elbows
Warrior 2 - hands up - eyes closed - palms up, slightly bend elbows and open heart
Twist in lunge
Lunge on knee - heart opener
Vinyasa -Moving through plank pose (inhale) - Chaturunga (push up lowering - exhale) - cobra (inhale) - downward dog (exhale)
In downward dog, walk your hands to the the back of your mat, towards your feet. You'll then be in a forward fold. Roll up to standing and take a GIANT step forward, signifying stepping into your own self, body, and purpose. Stand tall at the front of your mat and bring your hands to your heart.
Optional additional poses
Eagle arms - fold elbows down to knees after a few breaths
Camel pose - modified and full posture
Paschimottanasana - seated forward fold
Last Task - And this is both the most simple and the most difficult
Ok, your last task is to either journal or actually yell some things. Yep, I want you to pick 4 statements on your mind right now, that if you could yell out to the world, no repercussions, what would they be? They can be angry, happy, excited, sad, whatever it is, I want you to either yell them out (preferred), or journal them.