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#5 VISUDDHA - Part 5

Yoga for Visuddha

Complete Yoga Breath
with Sound!

Visuddha Links

Click Chakra images below to learn about each one individually.

Root Chakra
1st Chakra
Muladhara

Sacral Chakra
2nd Chakra
Svadhisthana

Navel Chakra
3rd Chakra
Manipura

Heart Chakra
4th Chakra
Anahata

Throat Chakra
5th Chakra
Visuddha

Third Eye Chakra
6th Chakra
Ajna

NASA Eye of God image in center. Crown Chakra.
7th Chakra
Sahasrara

SUKH-PURVAK VARIATION
Sukh-Purvak Variation
Visuddha

Fish

Plough

Shoulder Stand

Singing Lesson

There is a separate page devoted to each of these in the Postures series (you will find this title in the navigation menu on every page, upper left). This page is only a summary of specific postures for the Visuddha Chakra. You can click on the links below to get the full instructions for each posture. There are many other reasons for practicing these other than to work with the Chakras, which are given in detail.

I suggest printing these pages to practice the preliminary stretches before you attempt any of these Yoga postures. Once you have stretched your muscles to the point where you can do a posture, you know you have come a long way in healing your body and making it stronger.

Remember, these links—which are always a turquoise color on this site—will take you to the detailed instructions for each posture. In fact, this color is the right color for this Chakra...

Fish PostureFish Posture
Matsyasana (Matsya = fish)

The back is fully stretched (the dorsal especially). The chest is expanded like a rooster. Strong and quick abdominal breathing opens up the entire body in a beautiful way. The neck and throat are stretched. This opens up the entire region of the heart and the throat, which is the area of the Anahata and Visuddha Chakras. Click on the link for complete details with preliminary stretches.

PloughThe Plough - Halasana (hala = plough)

The Plough is another classic, so it is included for the 5th and 6th Chakras. Obviously, it stretches the spine, but it also brings blood directly to the throat, which is where the 5th Chakra is. This helps to unblock this Chakra. Details are provided on the page for this posture, including preliminary steps.

Preliminary to Plough and Shoulder Stand This is a typical preliminary posture for the Plough and the Shoulder Stand (both given for this Chakra). Details are given for this with the Shoulder Stand (below) in the Postures series of this site.

Both of these postures (above and below) are beneficial for varicose veins, wrinkles, sore throat, headache, and sinus. This position also has a calming effect on the function of the thyroid gland. Everyone who practices Yoga should learn these postures.

Note: If you have hypertension, or have a history of serious eye or ear inflammation, it is better to wait until you have become more advanced in your practice before you attempt these postures. If you have low blood pressure, these are both very beneficial.

Shoulder StandShoulder Stand - Sarvangasana

There are many variations to this posture, and all of them are provided in the Shoulder Stand series (which includes the Plough above). Again, this brings the flow of blood directly into the throat Chakra.

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Singing lessonSinging Lesson to Open the Throat
Singing is a great way to release tension in the Throat Chakra. Anything that releases tension here is also good for the thyroid. If you can learn to open up the larynx and let your breath (spirit) flow out through your own voice, you will begin to understand what it means to unblock this Chakra. All the details are given in the Breath series of this site, so you will leave the Chakra series here. Just click on Chakras again in the left navigation menu to return to this series and then click on the 6th Chakra in the menu to the right to proceed to the next Chakra. It would be a good idea, if you haven't done so already, to go through the Breath series BEFORE you arrive at the 6th and 7th Chakras.

If you want to review the Visuddha Chakra, the links are provided below. If you are ready to continue to the 6th Chakra, that link is also provided below, or in the images in the right column.

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