“Although western scientific research is not in abundance, it’s said that the chakra system originated in India back between 1500 and 500 BC in the oldest text called the Vedas (Sanskrit and Hinduism scriptures).
What is a Chakra?
Chakra is a Sanskrit word which literally translates to wheel or disk. It can also refer to whirlpool or whirlwind (chakravakam). However, in yoga, meditation and the practice of Ayurvedic medicine, chakra refers to wheels of energy throughout the body.
There are various maps created of the chakra system. There are actually thousands of complex channels and points (think acupuncture and the meridian lines!) as well as major central and side channels. Although there are 7 main chakras, some say there can be up to 114! This includes above and below our physical body (subtle body or astral body).
But not to worry about all those, today we’re going to be focusing on the 7 main chakras.
The 7 main chakras, which align with the spine, starting from the base of the spine (root chakra) through to the top of the head (crown chakra).
Chakra are like swirling wheels of energy where the physical and consciousness meet. This energy is called Prana, the vital life force, which is what keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive. Each chakra corresponds to massive nerve centers and major organs in the body. Each of the 7 main chakras also contain our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being.
The goal is that our 7 chakras stay open, aligned, and with the energy moving fluidly between each of them and also connecting them all. If there is a blockage in one (or many), then the energy can’t flow throughout our body and creates stagnant energy which over time will manifest in various imbalances (emotional, physical, etc).”