chakra

noun

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

Examples of chakra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Finney, the color blue activates the throat chakra and enhances communication skills to help with networking at fashion events and making valuable connections. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 1 Feb. 2024 Expect everything from sound healing and chakra balancing treatments to massages and transformation consultations. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 10 Feb. 2024 For those seeking a more gentle water treatment, aquatic energy balancing works with the chakras and meridians to clear energy blockages while guests float in the water. Anna Haines, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023 My own favorite session was with energy medicine practitioner Judit Yagüe, who uses deep tissue massage and holistic healing techniques to channel energy through her hands, for a treatment that relaxes the nervous system and muscles and balances the chakras. Kerry McDermott, Vogue, 26 Nov. 2023 Another way to restore one’s chakra is doing yoga, either private sessions or group classes, on the deck under the olive trees where the sea breeze cools participants. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Nov. 2023 Roxborough raves about this facial roller, made from jade, which some believe opens the heart chakra and releases negativity. Sarah Grossbart, wsj.com, 12 Oct. 2023 And for better or worse, practitioners have always stood at the ready, prepared to intervene when our chakras seemed blocked; when our humors seemed unbalanced; when our meridians surely became constricted; when our orgone levels were all out of whack. Ashley Fetters Maloy, Washington Post, 10 July 2023 Indigo represents your third eye chakra, can be look at as your imagination and intuition. Aliza Pelto, Women's Health, 24 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Sanskrit cakra, literally, wheel — more at wheel

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chakra was in 1888

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“Chakra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chakra. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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