The word Chakra literally translates to "wheel" or "disk." There are 7 chakras in the body. Chakras are spinning or rotating energy centers throughout the body that are situated along the spine. These Chakras are formed from the intersecting energetic flows of Ida and Pingala (the 2 major nadis) along the Shushumna or central channel. Nadis are the subtle energetic channels dispursed throughout the entire body, in which there are 72,000 of. Chakras contain energy and information collected through experiences such as memories and beliefs systems. Each Chakra holds a purpose and is oriented to different aspects of self. These chakras can become out of balance, either in excess or deficiency.
The First Chakra - Muladhara
The first chakra, otherwise known as the Muladhara or root chakra is the foundation for the rest of the chakras. Located at the base of the spine, the nature of the Muladhara is ego, survival and security based and its purpose self preservation. The illusion of the first Chakra is the feeling of not having the right to be here or to have the things that we want.