What is a chakra and why is balancing them important?

The word “Chakra” literally means “wheel” or “disk” so this term refers to wheels of energy in the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head.

Each of the major chakras is associated with a gland and major nerve plexus and governs the area of the physical body in which it is found. By influencing the endocrine system and its hormones, the chakras affect the functioning and structure of the tissues of the body, including the organs.

The chakras are also associated with various aspects of our experience on the emotional, mental and spiritual levels. To visualize a chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet. This invisible energy, called Prana, is vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive.

Since everything is moving, it’s essential that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there is a blockage, energy cannot flow. There are many things one can do to help rebalance chakras – meditation, certain types of movement including Gyrotonic, Yoga, and more.  More information is available here at the Chopra Center.  

Here is a chart showing the chakras and their meanings