Yoga tradition teaches that we have two bodies. We have a physical and tangible body, and an energetic and subtle body. Along the midline of the subtle body – within the spine – lie seven subtle energy centres, the chakras. There are seven main chakras. After the fourth chakra, the heart chakra, it is time to take a look at the description of the fifth chakra, the throat chakra.
5. Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
Vishuddha or throat chakra is depicted as a silver crescent within a white circle, with sixteen light or pale blue, or turquoise petals. Vishuddha may be understood as relating to communication and growth through expression.
This chakra is paralleled to the thyroid, a gland that is also in the throat and which produces thyroid hormone, responsible for growth and maturation. Physically, Vishuddha governs communication, emotionally it governs independence, mentally it governs fluent thought, and spiritually, it governs a sense of security.
Universal or divine love is the faculty expressed by the vishuddha chakra. When deeply immersed in this state, there is no consciousness of being a person with emotions, no consciousness of thoughts. The exceptional soul who resides fully in this center, usually between the ages of 28 and 35, is able for the first time to withdraw awareness totally into the spine, into sushumna, the central spiritual current. Ultimately, he realizes that the inner being is the reality of himself.
The seed mantra is Ham, and the residing deity is Panchavaktra shiva, with five heads and four arms, and the shakti is Shakini.
In Tibetan buddhism, this chakra is red, with 16 upward pointing petals. It plays an important role in Dream Yoga, the art of lucid dreaming.
Next chakra: third eye chakra