Meaning of chakra in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtʃʌkrə/


  • (in Indian thought) each of seven centres of spiritual power in the human body.

    ‘This energy body contains seven power points known as chakras - spinning energy centres forming a natural mystic ladder up which the yogi must climb in order to achieve enlightenment.’
    • ‘Each individual soul has seven energy centres known as chakras in his body that run along the spinal column.’
    • ‘According to the yogis, we have seven main chakras in the body.’
    • ‘This catalyst taught me how the inner energies of the seven chakras function as the physical body moves and is inspired through the different types of music.’
    • ‘The body has seven chakras: root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown.’
    • ‘On this path are situated seven chakras or energy centers, metaphorically called Lotus Symbols.’
    • ‘The throat chakra molds the karmas through sadhana, regular religious practices.’
    • ‘Siva's devotees strive at the moment of death to depart the body through the crown chakra and consciously enter the clear white light and beyond.’
    • ‘There was some talk about the need for opening the third chakra, the heart chakra, that would allow us to embrace differences.’
    • ‘Ayurveda divides the human body into many different chakras or vital nodes.’
    • ‘Sound affects our nervous system, our brain, our chakras and etheric body as well.’
    • ‘It is our heart chakra that is the centre of love, compassion and joy in our life, and it is in this centre where we can find our connection to humanity.’
    • ‘According to the principles of Reiki, we all have a series of chakras, or energy centres, in our bodies, and these can be blocked by malign influences, causing physical or indeed emotional symptoms.’
    • ‘Other cultures see the seven chakras as comprising the wholeness of personal human energy.’
    • ‘To arrive at that state, the instinctive energies have been lifted to the heart chakra and beyond, and the mind has become absolutely quiet.’
    • ‘It is no wonder that this great forest regent correlates to the heart chakra in the metaphysical anatomy of the human organism.’
    • ‘Over the years, under ideal conditions, the kundalini fire of consciousness ascends to the higher chakras, burning the dross of ignorance and past karmas.’
    • ‘In Ayurvedic medicine, specific colors correspond to each of the seven chakras, or energy centers, that affect organs, emotions and aspects of the spirit.’
    • ‘These undeveloped humans are struggling through the lower chakras, trying to get out of the dark worlds of the mind.’
    • ‘A therapist will also work on the chakras of the physical body, after clearing blockages on limbs and organs.’


From Sanskrit cakra ‘wheel or circle’, from an Indo-European base meaning ‘turn’, shared by wheel.