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Throat Chakra - Vishuddhi - The seat of purification

Located in the larynx area of the neck and throat this energy centre focuses on purification both physically and spiritually. The colour of the Vishuddhi Chakra is blue and the corresponding element is Ether.

By utilising various techniques of Pranayama (conscious guidance and regulation of the breath) and yoga postures the Vishuddi Chakra helps strengthen the lungs and improve blood circulation thereby improving the function of the rest of the body's organs. It also increases energy, calms the nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety. When the energy flows freely it helps to remove excess body heat, reduces body odor, boosts the immune system and stills the mind.

Not only is our external environment polluted, but our internal psychological and emotional worlds are also affected by toxicity. This will greatly affect our consciousness and decrease the ability to purify ourselves from this inward pollution. By focusing on the Vishuddi Chakra which aims to purify and decontaminate ourselves from the residue that left from the subconscious and unconscious, we begin to observe ourselves with more clarity and understanding.

With conscious guiding of your breath, the Throat Chakra will be balanced and have a greater effect for your well being. The Bija Mantra of the Anahata Chakra is HAM repeat this word during meditation when these energies are stuck, stagnant, imbalanced or blocked.

Five classical yoga breathing techniques to practice daily in helping to purify and detoxify

Ujjayi, Bastrika, Nadi Shodhan, Bhramari, KapalBhati.

Asanas to focus on include:-

* Sarvangasana - shoulderstand

* Halasana - plough

* Matsyasana - fish

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