chak·​ra | \ˈchä-krə, ˈshä-, ˈchə- \

Definition of chakra 

: any of several points of physical or spiritual energy in the human body according to yoga philosophy

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The human body has more than 88,000 points of physical or spiritual energy according to yoga philosophy, each known as a chakra. In Hinduism there are seven major chakras, and in Tantra (practices outlined in later Hindu or Buddhist scriptures) there are four, each associated with a color, shape, sense organ, natural element, deity, and mantra. The most important are the heart chakra, the chakra at the base of the spine, and the chakra at the top of the head.

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For the past hour, Dewa has been pinching me (hard!) between my toes, a reflexology thing, and kneading my flesh to coax the Kundalini energy up from the base of my spine through my chakras. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 Between working on her second album and launching her charity mission, SZA stays centered by calming her chakras. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Here, There, Everywhere: 34 Stars Who Continue to Shine on a Global Stage," 14 Aug. 2018 Apparently Angelenos’ chakras are way out of whack; these sound baths are booked months in advance. Reif Larsen, The Seattle Times, "LA Reverential: A City’s Chill Spots," 1 Aug. 2018 In the images, Jackson's gallery of tattoos on her arms and chest — the seven chakras, large sunflower, tribute tattoos to her late father — all appear to be gone. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Paris Jackson Covered Up All of Her Tattoos for a New Photo Shoot," 19 July 2018 These high-frequency sounds are not only good for your space, but are purported to have chakra-cleansing properties as well. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 Also in the Marais, Parisian yoga chain Le Tigre has just opened a studio off Rue Charlot, offering chakra harmonizing workshops along with Jivamukti, Kundalini, and classic vinyasa yoga classes. Elizabeth Nicholas, Vogue, "Parisians Are Taking Less of a Laissez-Faire Approach to Wellness," 24 Feb. 2018 But more advanced New Age types have also taken to keeping their crystals closer to the heart, quite literally, by slipping one inside their bra, where a healing stone will presumably amplify the powers of the fourth chakra. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Crystal Fanatic? Here’s a Bra to Comfortably Keep Them Close to You," 14 Mar. 2018 The way rose quartz is said to boost one’s self-love and love life is through a dubious process having to do with energy, and the heart chakra, which is associated with the colors pink and green. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "I Want to Believe My Rose Quartz Is Bringing Love Into My Life," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of chakra

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chakra

Sanskrit cakra, literally, wheel — more at wheel

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