We have been exploring how the different chakras relate to our voice. This week is the turn of the throat chakra! The relationship between this centre and singing is a bit more obvious, since the voice is produced where this chakra sits, but all the other chakras need to be in balance in order for the throat chakra to function properly. Singing with our whole being!
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In the previous post we learned how the heart chakra is the bridge between the 3 lower chakras and the 3 higher chakras, evolving the more instinctive emotions into true feelings.
The throat chakra acts as a door. The key words for this centre are expression and communication. The centre is situated in the neck, also including the area of the shoulders, the mouth and the ears. Its related color is blue, and its related sense is hearing.
When we have a healthy throat chakra, we are able to express our true voice. We can speak up and express our truth. We let our creativity flow.
We are not only good communicators but also good listeners.
In this chakra we find all the emotions that we didn’t express.
This centre becomes blocked in many people because we are told to shut up just too often, specially when kids. It can also be blocked when we don’t follow our true passion, but instead follow the expectations and desires of society, and when we are unable to express our own ideas. Habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol, which directly affects the throat, can also blocked this centre
When this centre is imbalanced, we can experience things such as:
- We talk too much or too little
- We don’t listen to others
- Breathy voice
- Fear of public speaking
- Excessive gossip
- Extreme shyness
- Inability to say “no” when you want to and/or have to
- Fear of talking about your own ideas and desires
- Throat infections
- Ear infections
- Sore neck and shoulders
- Telling lies
- Grinding teeth
How it connects with our voice
The connection between the throat chakra and the voice is particularly strong because, of course, the voice production process happens in this energy centre.
A strong, healthy throat chakra provides the necessary conditions for a strong and healthy voice. The voice production is quite a delicate process that requires the neck to be free of tensions in order to emit a healthy sound. Tension in this area not only affects the sound and range greatly, but also the duration of your singing life! Singers that tense their neck too much while singing, usually start losing range and power at a rather young age. Not to mention the soreness in the throat while or after singing!
Also, a blocked throat chakra will affect your capacity of expression. In singing, we use the voice to communicate emotions. A healthy throat chakra allows you to do this with clarity, and also to be genuine in your voice. This is the type of singer that can connect with an audience.
Sometimes we get crazy trying to imitate other singers, or we just assume that some people are “born with the gift”, and some others aren’t. While in fact if we are willing to look deep inside and work on our energy imbalances, we would discover that we all have a unique voice that is worth expressing and hearing. We all have the right to expression, and no one should be told that they just “don’t have the gift”. The voice imprints our life history, and we can change our story along with our voice.
I have worked with lots of adult students that expressed that when they were kids they were told by family, school teachers or even choir directors, that they just had a “bad voice”. Just like that – the throat chakra can be blocked, as soon as the kids believe what they are told. It not only affects their voice forever, if they don’t do something about it, it also affects in some ways their whole expression, which interferes with so many aspects of their life.
We need a balanced throat chakra in order to let our emotions out, in singing and in life. That is a right that we must embrace.
What can you do
- Work on releasing held emotions: bioenergetics, massage therapy, reiki, qigong, are some of many examples of therapies that can help
- Wear more blue colours
- Tell the truth
- Laugh more
- Learn to say “no” when you need to
- Say what you mean and mean what you say
- Write down your thoughts
- Practice a creative and expressive activity: acting, dancing, playing an instrument, writing, painting…
- Stones that help balancing the throat chakra: sapphire, lapis lazuli, turquoise