The fifth chakra includes the throat, jaw, ears, cheeks, mouth, lips, tongue and thyroid.
“The foundation of the fifth chakra is faith and understanding, how we relate and convey our comprehension of the world around us,” according to Yoga Journal.
Associations with the Throat Chakra include speaking the truth, decision-making, listening, comprehension, judgement, criticism and addictions. A lack of balance in the fifth chakra can result in issues that include swollen glands and a sore throat, stiff neck, thyroid dysfunctions, teeth and gum problems and loss of hearing.
A balanced Throat Chakra allows an individual to communicate thoughts and emotions truthfully and clearly, resulting in a sense of ease and contentment throughout everyday existence and interaction with others.
You can help to balance the fifth chakra with yoga postures that help open throat, such as Camel Pose (Ustrasana), Fish Pose (Matsyasana) and Bridge Pose (Setu Bhandasana).
Postures that constrict the throat, including Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana) and Plow Pose (Halasana), can help to stimulate the thyroid and balance your methods of communication.
The Throat Chakra provides us with a connection to food, since it is how we first ingest food into our bodies.
Fresh juices and soups can help to moisten and soothe the throat, promoting a healthy fifth chakra. Think of “quenching thirst” when you are feeding your Throat Chakra—consuming juiced vegetables and fruits to provide liquid nutrients for your body while nurturing your mouth and throat.
The thyroid gland in this chakra will benefit from foods with iodine and other minerals, such as sea plants. A healthy thyroid gland is important for a balanced metabolism, so slide some seaweed onto your next plate of greens.