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/chak·ra/ (chuk´rah) (shah´krah) any of the seven energy centers, located from the perineum to the crown of the head, of yoga philosophy; also used in some energy-based complementary medicine systems.


Ayurvedic medicine
Any of the body’s 7 or 8 energy centres, which act as “relay stations” for the flow of Life Forces and create a luminous energy field known as an aura that reflects the body’s energy; illness is viewed as the result of block or restriction in the flow of the body’s energy, which requires chakra balancing.

Root—1st chakra; base chakra
Governs survival instinct.

Base of spine; associated with colour red.
Sexual—2nd chakra; sacral chakra
Governs sexual instinct and emotions.

Behind navel; associated with sex organs and spleen and the colour orange.
Solar plexus—3rd chakra
Governs personal drives and sense of self-worth.

Below heart; associated with adrenal glands and the colour yellow.
Heart centre—4th chakra
Governs love and harmony.

Heart; associated with the circulation and the colour green.

Throat centre—5th chakra
Governs intelligence, creative expression, communication through sound, and truth.

Neck; associated with the thyroid gland and the colour blue.
Third eye—6th chakra
Governs mind, self, perceptions and intuition.

Deep in brain behind eyes; associated with pituitary gland and the colour indigo/deep blue or violet.
Crown—7th chakra
Governs relationship with the Force or Universal Self.

Top of  head; associated with the pineal gland and the colour purple/magenta.
Thymus centre—8th chakra; the “high heart”
Governs generosity and compassion.

Above heart; associated with the thymus and the colour tourquoise.


An ancient Indian tradition of understanding human energy in a system of seven major vortices that activate and energize surrounding areas. Chakras are said to be accessed through the practice of polarity therapy, Reiki, and yoga.
See also: polarity therapy, Reiki


, cakra (chăk′ră) [Sanskrit, cakra, wheel, turning]
In Ayurveda, Kundalini yoga and Tantric yoga, any of the seven energy centers running parallel to the spine that influence the conscious state of the body and therefore its health and well-being. Chakras are believed to interact directly with the endocrine and nervous systems to influence physical and emotional states.
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The term cakra is the Sanskrit word for "wheel, circle, or disc"; by extension, in Indian vedic medical systems, cakra has the specific meaning of the psycho-physiological energy centers conceived as vortices which facilitate the circulation of the winds and energies within the body organized into a coherent system by Patanjali in the Yogasutra.
When these cakras are pierced (vedha), then and only then does the final phase of rajayoga begin from the ajha cakra (located between the eyebrows) moving upwards through the mahumarga (great pathway) to the saharara cakra (thousand petal lotus located in the crown of the head--hence, the term 'raja').
This divine snake courses upwards from the muladhara cakra at the perineum, where it normally lies coiled and inactive, to emerge from one of the cakras in the head, rather like the Lightning Flash of the Qabalah, only in reverse.
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East Isuara bajra [thunderbolt] Southeast Mahesora dupa [burning incense/flames] South Brahma danda [rod] Southwest Rudra kadga [sword] West Mahadeva pasah [snare] Northwest Sangkara duaja [banner] North Visnu gada [mace] Northeast Sambu trisula [trident] Nadir Darma cakra [wheel] Centre Siva padma [lotus] Zenith Guru naraca [balance]
The lengthy and heavily illustrated fifth chapter (33) of the manuscript is devoted to cakra (here called chakram) or astrological charts drawn to determine the effect of the heavens on a particular ritually important object or a specific action about to be undertaken.
In essence, Kundalini yoga involves the awakening of the Kundalini force in the human body and raising it through the six cakra (which are located at the base of the spine, the genitals, the navel, the heart, the throat, and between the eyebrows) until she is united with Shiva in the highest cakra at the crown of the head.
The mace and cakra were power symbols; the conch seemed to embody fertility (Gonda notes that it resembles the vulva) and may have functioned as an apotropaic emblem; and the ball, representing the earth, probably referred to Visnu's powers of creation and preservation, duties that were also expected of earthly sovereigns.