The ability to communicate is perhaps one of the most powerful tools available to us. Used wisely, our words, body language and energy can help us form sincere and meaningful personal relationships as well as successful business relationships.
Effective communication also contributes to our happiness and wellbeing, as when we express ourselves clearly, honestly and openly, we feel lighter and more authentic. On the flip side, not being able to express what we truly want or how we feel can have a discouraging or downright detrimental effect. How frustrating is it when you know what you want to say but just can’t get it out in the right way!
So How Does Yoga Help Us Communicate Better?
On an emotional level, yoga helps us understand and accept ourselves more. It can also increase our confidence and self-image as we evolve with our practice. These qualities can help us push past insecurities that cause us to withhold our thoughts and feelings from others, giving us more of a ‘voice’ in social or work situations.
On an energetic and physical level, practicing postures and techniques that work the throat chakra will positively influence our ability to communicate effectively. The throat chakra – known in Sanskrit as vishuddhi - is located in the spine directly behind the pit of the throat, so it has a direct relationship with the mouth, throat and ears – all organs of communication. A blockage within this energy centre can cause a person to become ‘blocked’ in their ability to speak clearly or appropriately. When the energy is flowing at vishuddhi, a person literally has the power of speech and will enjoy the success that comes with it.
What Yoga Practices Work The Throat Chakra?
The following 3 postures are particularly beneficial for working the energy at the throat chakra:
- Vipareet Karani Asana: (½ Shoulder Stand)
- Khandarasana (Bridge Pose)
- Sumeruasana or Adho Mukha Svanasana: (Mountain or Downward Facing Dog)
For three weeks include these three postures in your practice and hold each for a minimum of 9 full breaths in and out. Whilst holding the posture, take your breath awareness to the pit of the throat and feel as though the breath is flowing in and out of this space.
The breathing practice of ujayi is also very good for working this chakra. Ujayi is where you make a slight constriction at the back of the throat and make the breath vibrate there like a baby whisper. As an added bonus, ujayi breathing is also deeply soothing for the nervous system and the mind.
Enjoy finding the words!