Definition - What does Chakra mean?
Chakra comes from the Sanskrit, cakra, which means "wheel." According to yoga traditions, a chakra is an energy centre; a vortex of swirling energy within the body. There are seven main chakras, forming a straight line from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.
The seven chakras are each responsible for a specific "spoke" of physiological function and emotional experience. Each chakra has a unique vibrational frequency and healing potency. If a chakra becomes blocked, it can impact physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Each chakra relies on the health and flow of the other chakras in order to operate optimally. If one chakra becomes blocked or excessive, it can impact the rest of the chakras.
Yogapedia explains Chakra
According to yogic science, chakras are connected by energy pathways called nadis, Sanskrit for ‘rivers’. The interaction between nadis and the seven chakras controls the circulation of our life force energy.
Asana, meditation, pranayama, mantra chanting, affirmations and visualizations are all means of keeping the seven chakras unrestricted and open to the circulation of spiritual energy essential for health and emotional well-being.
The seven chakras, and the human qualities they represent, are:
- Muladhara (Root Chakra) — Basic trust
- Svadisthana (Spleen or Sacral Chakra) — Sexuality and creativity
- Manipura (Navel or Solar Plexus Chakra) — Power
- Anahata (Heart Chakra) — Healing and love
- Visuddha (Throat Chakra) — Expression
- Ajna (Third Eye Chakra) — Inspiration, awareness and intuition
- Sahasrara (Crown Chakra) — Spirituality and enlightenment