The Throat Chakra

Throat Chakra

Throat Chakra: The Bridge to Communication

The throat chakra, also known as the vishuddha, is the fifth chakra, responsible for our communication, self-expression, and the ability to share our truth. Many consider it to be the pathway between our individual selves and the higher realms, connecting our basic human needs to higher, universal wisdom.

What is the Throat Chakra?

The throat chakra is fittingly associated with the color deep blue, as it is the source of our deep truths. It serves as the gateway to external communication, both speaking up and being heard.

Located at the throat, it’s also associated with the tongue, lips, jaw, cheek, ears, upper back, and shoulders. 

This chakra is symbolized by a lotus flower with sixteen petals. The lotus itself represents spiritual awakening, and the sixteen petals are symbolic of the sixteen vowel sounds of the Sanskrit language, which are produced when the throat chakra is activated.

A Balanced Throat Chakra

An open and balanced throat chakra frees up our channels of communication. When the throat is released of tension and energy flows freely, not only are we able to communicate between mind and body in the inner world but also in the outer world with relationships and vital self-expression. 

An open, balanced throat chakra supports the communication of truths in ways that find harmony and understanding with others. In addition to being able to speak openly and with compassion, we are also able to truly listen to others. 

Physical Signs

Common physical signs of a balanced, open throat include: 

  • Willingness to speak up
  • An air of self-confidence (and great posture!) 
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Balanced hormones (your energy level will clue you in on whether your hormones are in balance!)
  • Enjoyment in communicating with others

Mental and Emotional Signs

Common mental and emotional signs of a balanced, open throat include: 

  • Willingness to speak up
  • Feelings of creativity and expansion 
  • An overall sense of feeling seen and heard 
  • Comfortability in expressing our truth

An Unbalanced Throat Chakra

When the throat chakra is blocked, communication between what is truly taking place in our mind and body is repressed. This may lead to eruptions of mood, loss of identity, the need for mental health services and a poor spiritual, emotional, and psychological disposition. 

A completely blocked throat chakra can make us unwilling to speak up about our opinions, or unable to defend ourselves in times of conflict. Many will completely shut down during difficult conversations. 

By contrast, in the case of an overactive throat chakra, communication certainly flows – but seldom in a positive way.  One may hurl information, causing them to overcome themself and others with a maniacal intensity. 

Physical Signs

Physical signs of an unbalanced or blocked throat chakra include: 

  • Thyroid issues
  • Sore throat
  • Mouth or tongue sores
  • Gum disease or other dental concerns
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues
  • Ear infections
  • Tight shoulders

Mental Signs

A blocked throat chakra can lead to feelings of:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem

When combined with the inability to speak up, these feelings may worsen over time. 

How to Unblock the Throat Chakra

For many people, a blocked throat chakra is caused by trauma, including being surrounded by gossip, arguments with loved ones, or childhood experiences that resulted in closing off communication. Examples of such childhood experiences could include being yelled at by a parent, or physical or emotional abuse. 

For trauma-based throat chakra blockages, the best remedy is to get to the root cause of the issue. Once we have an understanding of why the blockage came to be, we are empowered to do the energetic healing work. 

There are a number of additional practices that can help open up the throat chakra, allowing us to have healthy communication with ourselves and others. 

  • Show your throat some love with soothing warm tea and honey.  
  • Incorporate herbs such as ginger, peppermint, and slippery elm to clear blockages.
  • Sing or chant aloud. Bonus points for singing in front of others! (Karaoke anyone?)

Practice yoga poses that bend and stretch the neck.

Throat Chakra Affirmations

Our words hold powerful energy. As such, spoken affirmations are a great way to encourage clear and truthful communication. Affirmations bring awareness to our communication, and empower us to speak more clearly and directly.

Try repeating one or more of the following affirmations to help unblock and balance your throat chakra: 

  • My words attract what I desire.
  • My words are accepted with open arms by those who love me. 
  • The truth will free me from my current situation.
  • I am an excellent communicator.
  • It is safe for me to share my truth.
  • I express myself with ease and grace.
  • I am connected to my innermost trust.
  • My words are powerful, and need to be heard.
  • My voice matters. 

Throat Chakra Meditations

Meditation is a great way to connect our headspace and heartspace, helping us align with our inner truth. 

Try this guided meditation practice for opening the throat chakra:


Spending time with our 7 chakras is the key to fully accepting and loving ourselves and others. Each chakra gives us insight into our true desires. And with that knowledge, we can work towards inner peace and living our true path. 

Balancing the Throat Chakra in Costa Mesa, CA

Want to love life again? Barn Life Recovery provides holistic, community-based treatment for chronic stress and other mental health conditions. Our facility is a haven for people from all walks of life. Learn more about what we do or attend one of our free community events to see if we’re a good fit for you.

To learn more about our philosophy or to join a free community support group at Barn Life Recovery, never hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help you love life again.

Share on social


We are in-network with all PPO plans. We are proudly a certified Tricare provider. We are now able to work with Magellan Health/Blue Shield of CA HMO plans.

aetna logo
Anthem logo
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California logo
Cigna logo

Hear From Those We've Impacted

star star star star star

Barn Life is uniquely special. As someone who has had long stretches of sobriety with "traditional" communities and methods, Barn Life stepped in when I started struggling during the pandemic and said "traditional" methods failed to help.The staff here are exceptional. This is a truly subjective statement, but it is my honest opinion that the people from the owner (Hi Matt!) to EVERYONE else works there because they believe in the work and want to share the tools they found.Barn Life and their little sibling, Peer Mental Wellness were the launchpad from a shell of an existence to person with self-love/respect, and a life-mission of personal development.

Steven D.
star star star star star

Best for someone looking for spiritual healing in addition to their mental health healing.

Luka P.
star star star star star

Barn life is probably one of the most amazing facilities you could ever attend when it comes to mental illness. This was the first place that popped up when I was searching for help and I’m so thankful that it did. The environment is very therapeutic, the staff is awesome, and the group discussions and activities were so helpful in me understanding what I was experiencing. Do not hesitate to be a part of this place. It’s literally a game changer. I was only there for 6 weeks but I wished I stayed at least 6 months. Ever since returning home, I’ve been much happier and my perspective has changed dramatically. I’ve done things and participated in events at my college that I never thought I would be able to do. This place is truly amazing and I’m forever grateful that I found this place.

Ariana E.
star star star star star

Through trial and error of trying to stay sober this program is definitely the most caring and supporting of them all if anyone needs help and is willing to help themselves I suggest barnlife they will for a fact give you the push you need and the tools to keep you going

Mason T.
star star star star star

My daughter has been at Barn Life Recovery now for two months. It was my last resort to send her 9 hours away from me. She has been in drug and mental health rehabs in and out for two years. This was my last stitch effort to save my daughter and get her back to herself. Alyssa and I spoke multiple times before deciding. Their willingness to do everything for her and the different teams they have work with them is amazing. My daughter is happy again and clean and sober. She loves it there in their outpatient program. They restore your faith in humanity. They help restore someone who is broken in so many places to themselves. They have put the light back in my daughters eyes. They are committed to helping each person who truly wants the help. They assist in helping them get jobs and be responsible members of society. I recommend their program to anyone wanting to recover from drug, alcohol and mental health.Thank you to all the people at Barn Life who have made my daughter smile and bring the light back to her eyes. I am truly grateful.DawnaLee

DawnaLee W.
star star star star star

I am alumni from Zen Recovery Path / a great place , and live a happy healthy life ever since / great peaceful place to recover // Namaste

Michael M.



Contact us by completing the form below or call us anytime, day or night.

MM slash DD slash YYYY

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Previous Next
Test Caption
Test Description goes like this