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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When your throat chakra is blocked, your communication center is down. Alyson Pomerantz, Longreads, "Anaphylaxis of the Mind," 3 Sep. 2019 Janel prefers to integrate ideologies and practices from a variety of belief systems, including mindfulness, meditation, yoga, using crystals and chakra work. Ashley Larue,, "In order to be proud, we must first be courageous: Members of the LGBTQ community share their journeys with faith, religion," 24 July 2019 Her new performance piece begins outside the gallery, with Cullors as a human statue covered in gold body paint with chakra colors painted from her head to her groin. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Black Lives Matter co-founder lets her art do the talking in San Diego," 28 June 2019 Rose quartz opens up your heart chakra and can attract new romantic relationships. Sarah Lazarus, The New Yorker, "Healing Crystals and How to Shoplift Them," 8 June 2019 The crown chakra is our connection to the spiritual world. Lisa Stardust, Teen Vogue, "How to Use Magic to Banish Energy Vampires," 28 May 2019 Directly across from the hotel, a state-of-the-art wellness center is on track to open later this year with a mediation room, yoga and movement studio, as well as a range of alternative therapies from chakra balancing to sound healing. Nora Walsh, Vogue, "Eco Idyll: Las Catalinas, the Car-Free Costa Rica Town, Welcomes a New Hotel," 4 Apr. 2019 Stock up on jewel-tone votive candles made in-store, specialty mood-boosting essential oils, and chakra sprays for relaxation and balancing energy. Lily Kupets, Vogue, "A Winter Weekend Destination You’ve Likely Overlooked: New Paltz, New York," 28 Dec. 2018 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

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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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