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Chakras … There is something mysterious and captivating in them … That’s why the interest in this topic has been growing recently. When we study the information from different sources, we can come to the conclusion that chakras are some kind of “a magic pill” that can change life for the better in an instant. However, the information is often contradictory about using this “pill”. Distortions arise in interpretations, which later turn into myths. In this article we will cover the following questions: What are the keys to understanding chakras, provided by yoga and where should we start getting to know chakras.
The word “chakra” is translated from Sanskrit as “a circle”, “a wheel” or “a disk”. The word “vortex” is used by the context of yogic practices, it’s reflecting the vortices of vital energy — prana. The word “padma” (lotus) can also be used in the same meaning.
A little bit of history
The earliest mention of chakras can be found in ancient Indian treatises such as: Upanishads, Gheranda Samhita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Shiva Samhita, Shat Chakra Nirupana. At the same time, the sources of classic yoga, which are based on the Vedas, did not focus on the description of chakras. All knowledge about chakras infiltrated into yoga purely from the tantras. It was the tantric traditions of Hinduism that played a major role in the formation of the concept of chakras.