The throat chakra is the opening passage to the entire body. If it’s open and balanced then our communication is clear, authentic and honest.

When the channel to the body and spirit is open we can speak from our heart with ease and express our thoughts clearly. When our throat chakra is blocked we may experience negative thoughts, have difficulty expressing our feelings and feel insecure in our actions and decisions. Beyond this, our throat chakra allows us to completely listen to others and to be open to differing thoughts and opinions. Having an open throat chakra doesn’t mean we will be brutally honest or rude but instead we will be extremely effective in all aspects of communication, gaining the ability to be diplomatic, fair and thoughtful.

So how have I managed to open my throat chakra and seriously improve my communication, expression and ability to speak authentically? I’ve started chanting. Now let me assure you, I’m no ‘singer’, I’m so out of tune that I previously did not even enjoy singing in the shower. But now you can’t force me to be quiet. I’m constantly singing ‘Om gann ganapatye namoh nama’ or a similar bhajan or mantra.

I’d never considered singing or chanting as a practice for improving communication or speaking my authentic truth but after attending a few regular Kirtan groups I began to notice significant changes in my ability to communicate with those around me. After years of being reserved, shy and somehow not able to express my emotions, thoughts and opinions easily or correctly, I am now more easily able to let people know I care about them and give honest compliments. I also find myself able to express my opinions clearly and tactfully and have the ability to politely disagree or openly discuss issues when needed. My communication and listening skills have improved in such great amounts that a new sense of confidence and clarity has arisen. I am able to express my creativity straight from the heart and let my overall expression flow freely and naturally.

So my advice: get chanting! Of course it’s easiest to start with a group, such as in a yoga class or at regular Kirtan. But if that’s not available you can absolutely do it alone. You might want to download some simple bhajans and you can begin to sing along. In no time I can guarantee you will be singing these mantras at your desk, in the car, on the train, in the supermarket and well, basically, everywhere. Personally, I set aside 10 minutes in the morning to chant while I do a small candle puja. My chanting practice is shown below and is adapted a combination of three well known Vedic chants.

Daily chanting practice which is made up of the Gayatri Mantra, Healing Mantra and Oneness Mantra.

Om bhoor-bhuvah svah.

Tat savitur-varaynyam

bhargo dayvasya deemahi

Dhiyo yo nah prachoda-yat

(Repeat five times)

Om tryambakam yajamahe

Sugandhim pushtivardhanam

Urvarukamiva bandhanan

Mrityor mokshiya maamritat

(Repeat five times)

Om purnamadah purnamidam

Purnat purnam udachyate

Purnasya purnama adaya

Purnam evavasshishyate

(Repeat three times)

Eva Brenner is a passionate writer and yoga teacher from Australia. She enjoys writing about yoga philosophy and meditation as well as asana and wellbeing. She graduated from the Akhanda YTT 200 at Anand Prakash Ashram in March 2017 and now teaches Akhanda flow yoga regularly.

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