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Vishuddhi Chakra - Throat Center

Purification of body, mind, and consciousness

Exercises for the Vishuddhi Chakra

Exercises that have a Specific Effect on the Vishuddhi Chakra:

Ujjāyī Prānāyāma

Concentrate on the throat. Inhale and exhale deeply through the nose for 5-10 minutes. At the same time slightly contract the throat so that the breath sounds like that in deep sleep. Direct your attention completely to the sound of the breath in the throat. This way of breathing quietens the mind and balances the emotions.

Ujjāyī Prānāyāma detoxifies the body and helps with problems of the digestive tract (eg gastritis). It can also be used as first aid with food poisoning. With regular practice of Ujjāyī Prānāyāma and through its effect on the Thyroid Gland, a person becomes healthy and is noticeably rejuvenated. This breathing exercise is also very helpful for depression.

The effect of Ujjāyī Prānāyāma can be strengthened by Jālandhara Bandha and Khecharī Mudrā.

Jālandhara Bandha

Exhale, then place the hands on the knees, tilt the body forward slightly and press the chin down onto the Sternum. Hold this position for as long as is comfortable, and when the impulse to inhale occurs release the Bandha by raising the head.

Through Jālandhara Bandha the blood supply to the throat is blocked. This is why an increased flow of fresh blood occurs in this region when it is released.

Khecharī Mudrā

In this Mudrā the tongue is rolled back and placed on the soft palate (if possible). This prevents the throat drying out too much when practising Ujjāyī Prānāyāma. This Mudrā also has an effect on the Āgyā Chakra, and with its assistance the nectar from the Bindu Chakra can be “caught”. (See the Chapters on the Āgyā Chakra and Bindu Chakra)

Asanas that have an activating influence on the Vishuddhi Chakra

 Āsanas that have a balancing and harmonising effect on the Vishuddhi Chakra

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