chak·​ra | \ ˈchä-krə How to pronounce chakra (audio) , ˈshä-, ˈchə- How to pronounce chakra (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web The diagram, which resembles the top half of a human body, incorporates shapes to resemble each chakra, such as crown, sacral, and root. Nikhita Mahtani, Allure, 28 Oct. 2021 Like counting sheep, their chakra talk tuckered them both out cold. Riley Van Steward, Forbes, 5 June 2022 The duo’s 13-track LP, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, was full of chakra-activating vibrations and pro-Black ideology. Will Dukes, Rolling Stone, 6 May 2022 Each stone on this piece represents a different chakra. Andrea Zendejas, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Apr. 2022 At the time, Reeves thought his colleague had opened his root chakra, but Groff was fascinated by Carrie-Anne Moss' explanation, which was a very Matrix-appropriate thought. Nick Romano,, 20 Dec. 2021 Welcome amenities like chakra stones and incense allow guests to customize their surroundings. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 30 Nov. 2021 Lines, aka channels or gates, depending on if they are colored in, connect each chakra together. Nikhita Mahtani, Allure, 28 Oct. 2021 The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India Wellness seekers will appreciate the treatments at the spa at Oberoi Rajvilas, which includes chakra balancing and massages using hot Himalayan stones. John Wogan, Travel + Leisure, 8 July 2020 See More

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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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“Chakra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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