Yoga Sequences for the Chakras: The Fifth Chakra

My computer totally died, so for this post on the fifth chakra (the chakra of communication), I found myself unable to find enough time on library and borrowed computers to, well, communicate. Ironic, yes. Late post, yes, that too. Sorry.

This chakra, in addition to communication, is also associated with singing, writing, speaking up for oneself, and truth. Physically, its located in the neck, throat, jaw, and mouth. Stretching and opening postures around this part of the body can help balance the fifth chakra. So, here's a sequence that incorporates Camel, Bridge, Shoulderstand, and Fish.

  1. Vajrasana (Diamond Pose)
  2. Simhasana (Lion's Breath)
  3. Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose)
  4. Threading one arm under the other to twist. Repeat other side.
  5. Cat/cow
  6. Kneedown Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
  7. Taking both hands to the waist, move the weight of your torso slightly backwards and then slightly forwards, knees to head aligned. You should feel this in your core.
  8. One armed Ustrasana (Camel Pose) [one hand to foot, other to sky]
  9. Repeat with other arm back
  10. Flow between steps 8 and 9
  11. Cat/cow
  12. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
  13. Uttanasana (Forward Fold Pose)
  14. Tadasana
  15. Upavistha Hastasana (Standing Upward Arms)
  16. Exhale, bending torso at the hips, bring raised arms parallel to the floor (arms by ears)
  17. Hold for 3-5 breaths
  18. Exhale to Uttanasana
  19. Inhale, come back halfway arms now at "T" position. Hold for 3-5 breaths
  20. Uttanasana
  21. Adho Mukha Svanasana
  22. Coming to face the wall, pressing your front thighs into the wall, Ustrasana
  23. Garbasana (Child's Pose)
  24. Cat/cow
  25. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Fold)
  26. Bringing your back to the wall (arm's length away), bring arms up and over head, eventually pressing palms of hands into the wall for Ustrasana variation
  27. Garbasana
  28. Upavista Konasana (Seated Wide Angle)
  29. Supta Konasana (Reclined Angle)
  30. Halasana (Plow Pose)
  31. Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand Pose)
  32. Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
  33. Supta Matsyendrasana (Reclined Twist). Repeat other side. 
  34. Savasana (Corpse Pose)
  35. Seated Meditation, optional mantra chanting if it is part of your practice.

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