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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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 Yoga mats lay stretched out for half a dozen bendy 20- and 30-somethings as blue chakra lights illuminated a crystal and salt wall. Sophia Kercher,, "In a toasty, cabin-like space, sauna yoga helps sweat out the kinks," 31 May 2018 So for me, locs are almost an extension of my crown chakra energy. Allure, "Women From Three Faith Communities Share How Their Long Hair and Spirituality Are Connected," 17 May 2018 Activities include 'gifts of the earth' teachings (flower essences, essential oils, healing stones), earth, fire and water ceremonies, yoga, crystal bowl chakra cleansings, group drum circles, and a journey to meet the spirit keepers of the land. Micaela English, Town & Country, "8 Winter Wellness Retreats To Reset Your Body And Mind," 10 Nov. 2017 This podcast will get your chakras all the way aligned—think Super Soul Sunday with your gay play cousin. Felice León, The Root, "Watch: Embracing the Otherness With Unreal’s Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman," 12 Apr. 2018 Apparently the stress that comes with unemployment manifests in the chakra that controls the eyeballs. The Cut, "The Unemployed Woman Whose Date Venmos Her $500," 11 Feb. 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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