Vishuddhi chakra

Welcome to the 5th newsletter in the Kundalini series, which describes Vishuddhi, the fifth chakra in our energetic body. This chakra energizes our creative ability in communication and expression, like speaking, singing and writing. Translated from Sanskrit, Vishuddhi means ‘purifying impurities’.
Thoughtful speech, filled with kindness, wisdom and truth is what a well-tuned Vishuddhi chakra will bring about. As you may expect, this chakra is located at the throat.The third of the 3 major bandhasor energy locks, the Jalandhara Bandha (pressing the chin to the chest; chin-lock) is also placed at this location.The pranyama practice that fits Vishuddhi beautifully, is the Ujjayi breath practice. During this practice our focus is on the throat friction, which happens at the location of Vishuddhi.Our asana practice was centred around releasing the neck, jaw and shoulder muscles. As most of us have a tendency to hold subconscious tension in these areas, we really enjoyed the effects of this yoga practice. However, the roaring lion pose seemed to take a bit of getting used to without giggling too much. It was great to see that everyone had a go at this!

May the benefits of your practice stay with you and extend beyond you,


PS. Hope you all enjoyed the holidays, looking forward to get back on the 10th of October.

Vishuddhi in a nutshell:Element: Ether
Sound: Ham
Colour: Sky Blue
Endocrine system: Thyroid and parathyroid
Deficient: neck stiffness, teeth grinding, throat ailments, underactive thyroid, fear of speaking
Excessive: excessive talking and not listening. Hearing difficulties, stuttering.Asana:
    Neck rotations 


  Roaring Lion Pose


Halasana or plough pose
(in 2 stages)

Hands mudra:

Shunya mudra for ear problems and travel sickness.

Wisdom for Vishuddhi:
Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them.

~Author Unknown