Chapter 2

Chakra Shakti: The Power Tradition

Chakras? Who ever thought of such a thing? And how did anyone ever figure out what and where they were? The concept of spinning energy centers in the body has an ancient Eastern feel, and indeed, the chakra concept has been around for many thousands of years. It is integral to many different branches of yoga, and ideas about chakras have evolved and changed (along with yoga itself) over the last 20 centuries or so. We promise not to bore you with a lot of history or technical detail, but let’s take a brief look at how chakras originated and what they mean in context. In this chapter, you not only find out why chakras have such staying power but also the ways you might be most comfortable ...

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