A chakra (“cha”-“kra,” pronounced with a strong “ch”) is a center of energy in the body that interacts with physiological and neurological systems within the human body. The word stems from Sanskrit, an ancient language originating in India, and means “wheel.” Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being.
There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. The chakras regulate processes from organ function to the immune system and emotions. 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.
When a chakra is not functioning properly, or is blocked, it results in an imbalance at that chakra. However, as all the chakras are interconnected through the invisible line of energy through the center of our body, an imbalance in one chakra affects the functions associated with the other chakras as well.
Imagine the invisible line of energy like a river and the individual chakras as ecosystems of the river; pollution at one will eventually flow to pollute the others. Keeping a chakra open is a bit more of a challenge, but not so difficult when you have awareness. Since mind, body, soul, and spirit are intimately connected, awareness of an imbalance in one area will help bring the others back into balance.
Much of the information I’m providing was obtained from The Chopra Center’s website and from Chakras.info.