As a yoga teacher (and any teacher will be able to relate to this) I am most aware of this chakra and its energy in my own body. Being in a position where you are speaking in front of people demands balanced energy in our Vishuddhi. Those times when our throat feels tights, our neck and shoulders are tense, our words just aren't flowing effortlessly, or we can feel ourselves "rambling" and not making any sense...these are signs of an imbalance.
With this chakra being our connection to ourselves and others it is no coincidence that this area of our bodies (mainly the neck, shoulders and upper back) are notoriously sore, tight, in pain and causing problems in our daily lives. By breaking through blockages, stagnation and physical discomforts we can begin to heal ourselves from the "stuck" emotional baggage that we hold here. We can utilize our breath and meditations to "heal our hearts" gently and kindly.
Our energy here is the source of our imagination, our vision for the future and our desire for action. We can use the fire of our solar plexus chakra to "burn" and transform negative qualities into positive ones. Some meditations on this chakra are used to burn past "karmas." Having an open, clear and balanced 3rd Chakra allows energy to move freely up to the heart chakra!
This 10-minute sequence can be done during your regular practice or on its own. Your breath is the most important part, so remember to breathe deeply, slowly, and patiently. When in the poses try to stay for at least 5 breaths (maybe even 10!).
Emotionally this chakra governs our creativity, desires, emotions and morality. Here is where we find our familial responsibilities as well as the Karma storehouse. We also find here the acts of eating and sexuality for pleasure (where our root chakra was eating for survival and having sex purely for reproduction).
This is obviously an important chakra to clear, charge, and balance in order to feel secure, grounded, and stabile in our daily lives. Most people who complain of anxiety, depression, and stress often comment on feeling "out of control" or "there aren't enough hours in the day" or "life seems to speed by in the blink of an eye." These are symptoms of not being connected to the earth in a physical, emotional, and spiritual way.
Just as we can put a cast on the physical body to set a broken bone, we can use chakra practices to work on depression, addiction, heart ache, tight hips, communication....the possibilities are endless! By learning about our own chakra system we can begin to understand ourselves from an energetic level and discover something new about our well-being from a new perspective.