How to Balance Your Throat Chakra & Know When It’s Blocked

August 6, 2018 4:31 am Published by

When your throat chakra, Visuddha, is balanced, you’re able to speak your authentic truth from a place of love. You set loving and firm boundaries, and stick by them. You’re able to find your voice and share your unique gifts with the world. You trust that what needs to come through you will come, and you don’t get stuck in self-judgment or self-doubt wondering if you should or shouldn’t say something.

So many of us get blocked at our throat chakra. When your throat chakra is blocked, it may show up as:

  • Holding back from saying what you’re thinking and feeling
  • Not standing up for yourself
  • Not having strong boundaries
  • Being afraid to be seen for who you are
  • Having a sore throat, neck pain, or hoarseness in your throat
  • Fear of being judged for what you say
  • Having trouble listening to others
  • Always needing to have the last word

Scroll down to look through some simple tips for opening your throat chakra.

Featured card from The Ritual Deck

Yoga Poses

Any yoga pose that stretches your throat is going to be really opening for Visuddha. Try one of my favorites below!


Upward-facing dog

Lift your chin and breathe deeply into your throat space. Try holding this pose for a few breaths instead of just flowing through it on your way from plank to downward facing dog.

Heart-to-Earth pose

Try heart-to-earth pose coming onto your chin instead of your forehead. This is a really deep stretch, so have blocks or blankets nearby to help you if you need them!

Camel pose

If your neck is healthy, try releasing your head instead of keeping your chin tucked. Bring your awareness to your breath flowing through your throat, dissolving any blockages.


Working with crystals can be a beautiful tonic for your throat chakra. Try laying on your back and placing one of these crystals on your throat, sleeping with them by your pillow, or simply meditating holding one of them in your non-dominant hand.

  • Sodalite to help you express yourself, set boundaries, and grow your self-worth and self-esteem
  • Celestite to promote peace and soothe anxiety
  • Lapis lazuli to help you communicate effectively



Plants are here for us as medicine, so let’s use them. Pick your favorite essential oil (or two, or three!) from the list below and diffuse it, make a rollerball to use on your skin, or put drops in your bath.

  • Jasmine for greater communication
  • Clary sage to allow energy to flow more freely through your body
  • Cypress for transformation and renewal
  • Eucalyptus to promote inner freedom and expansiveness


Work with Tarot Archetypes

Queen of Swords and King of Swords can be your inspiration for opening your throat chakra. The Queen of Swords helps you do the inner work you need to understand why your throat chakra is blocked, and the King of Swords reminds you that you do have something unique to share and that what you have to offer can only come through you.

Try this Queen of Swords inspired tarot spread to help you understand why you might be energetically blocked in this area:

  • What am I afraid will happen if I speak my truth?
  • The wound or shadow underneath this blockage
  • Advice for healing this blockage
  • Why am I afraid to set boundaries?
  • The wound or shadow underneath this blockage
  • Advice for healing this blockage
  • Mantra for working with the throat chakra

Journal about anything that comes up for you as you pull these cards. Place the Queen of Swords and King of Swords on your altar to remind you to speak your truth.


I find that the heart chakra and throat chakra are so connected. If your heart space is closed, you’ll feel disconnected from your truth and not even sure what boundaries need to be set, so how can you speak your truth and set boundaries?

Try coming to a comfortable seat, closing your eyes, and placing one hand on your heart and one hand on your throat. Send your breath to your heart space, simply visualizing it arriving there and filling your entire heart with prana, life force energy.

When your heart feels full, begin to send your breath to your throat. Visualize your breath flooding this area, dissolving any blockages with love. Continue breathing into your throat space for as long as you feel you need.

You can also use this guided meditation to balance your throat chakra

Affirmations & Mantras

The bija mantra for the throat chakra is ham (pronounced “hum”). Try chanting that mantra, silently or out loud (out loud is super powerful!), or work with one of the affirmations below:


  • I speak my truth with love
  • I set firm boundaries easily
  • I clearly state my needs
  • My truth is love
  • I speak my feelings easily
  • I claim and honor my truth
  • I release judgment over what I did or didn’t say

Play with Color

The color associated with the throat chakra is blue. Try incorporating this color into your life more! Some ideas to spark your creativity:

  • Paint with different shades of blue
  • Eat blue foods such as blueberries, blackberries, and plums
  • Write in a blue journal with a blue pen
  • Light blue candles
  • Wear blue clothing

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About Eryn Johnson

Eryn Johnson is a breathwork facilitator, tarot reader, and Reiki Master based in Fishtown, Philadelphia. She is also the host of the Living Open podcast for mystics and seekers, a storytelling tool here to help facilitate soul evolution. The foundation of her work is energetic and based on the belief that there's nothing wrong with you- we are simply programmed from a young age to forget the truth of who we are. She uses energy work, storytelling, and breathwork to guide you back to you - your heart, your power, your magic. Find her work at and @erynj_ on Instagram.