What are chakras?

The word chakra comes from Sanskrit. It means “wheel of light. Chakras are energy and movement.

Prana, the breath, life; in certain major parts of our body is constantly spinning to keep us active and alive. The spinning or rotating nature of Prana made these parts of the body centers of energy (Chakras).

Chakras could also be defined as a revolving wheel of energy that propels you through life.

Although the chakras are not addressed at school, they are just as important for your health and well-being as our physical organs. The main difference is that these organs are fully part of our physical body, while energy organs – which include the chakras – are at the interface between the tangible and the spiritual reality.

Let me tell you a short story about chakras in the 90s.

Back in the 90s, when I started studying Kundalini Yoga (KY), nobody really knew or heard about Chakras. I still remember asking my teacher what the chakras were, and I also remember going to some place where some guy was going to “align” my chakras. He did something with energy, but it was far from “activating” my chakras, I didn’t know it back then, I was learning, and I was only 17 years old.

Today, the concept of Chakras is closely attached to the energy. The energy within us, which is also manifested in the whole universe.

The Universe is referred to as a system of many elements acting or fused together to function as a unit.

According to Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism, just like the Universe; our body itself is believed to be made of five core elements Water, Earth, Fire, Air, and Space.

Why are chakras important?

Chakras are important because they maintain the connection between the physical and the spiritual planes of our being.

Just as our body organs are part of your physical body, our energy organs (chakras), are the link between your inner spiritual reality and your tangible body.

A chakra affects not only the surrounding parts of the body but also a variety of emotional, mental, and spiritual processes.

The Chakras are located along the in spine; from the tail bone/coccyx to the top of the head. We will explore them one by one in future blogposts.

Chakras are gaining more and more recognition and popularity. I noticed it in social media as well as in the classes I teach. My students know or want to know about chakras and many KY series are specially designed per chakra.

Be ready for the kriyas “per chakra” sessions I am preparing!