If you are one of those who are used to associate the word Chakra with gems/stones and colours, you might not be able to understand the real meaning & power what Chakras are; unfortunately, most authors or magazines center in associating charkas to items that might not have the relevance we need in our world today, but instead they seek to associate them to something people might be able to relate and even something they can feel and buy.
In my personal view, it is preferable to associate the chakras to each of the power they govern, as this gives us the opportunity to work with their energy to improve aspects of our personality, for example, wearing a pendant of blue turquoise is not going to help us open our throat chakra unless we learn how to do it ourselves, unless we understand the real power of our voice.
So, if you feel like your voice lacks power, influence, or you are sampling not able to speak your truth, you might be in a situation where you might not able to connect your inner world (or what you feel) with the external world through the way you communicate; if that is the case then you might benefit out of working with the energy of the throat chakra. How to do that? Practice Yoga, sing, chant, speak your truth, perhaps to begin with your singing and chanting will be shy, but with experience you will build confidence and at some point you will begin to acknowledge the power of your voice and your truth. Of course, the throat chakra cannot work alone, you need the strength of all the other chakras to work in harmony, without the balance, foundation & sense of belonging of the root chakra you can rarely have the confidence to speak your truth. Now, think about the word influence, and I don’t mean lie to others, what I mean is the natural ability to influence others when they hear a confident person speak their truth.
A constant Yoga practice can help re-balance your throat chakra as it works with your energy system. The Sanskrit name of the throat Chakra is Vishuddha, it governs more than your ability to communicate, but for the sake of this blog entry we focused on this particular element. Take yoga off the mat, stand in firmly on your feet, stay present & know the power of your voice, the power that each of your words emanate & become aware of your ability to influence if you wish to do so (without bad intentions!)
Yoga teacher & Senior Scientist working full time with a major Multinational.