The word "chakra" is Sanskrit for "spinning wheel," and in the context of certain spiritual beliefs, this word refers to a series of energy points that fall on specific parts of the human body. There are seven total chakras, and these areas serve as convergence points for energy. So-called blockages of these energy points are said to cause a cascade of different effects, including bad mood, physical discomfort or mental confusion.
In the context of certain types of yoga practice, breathing and other yogic activities are said to help clear blockages in chakras. Yoga practitioners who feel relaxed or clear-headed after a yoga session can be said to have gone through a chakra-clearing experience. Chakras can also be discussed in the context of balance. Imbalanced chakras can be said to lead to a variety of different physical, intellectual and emotional troubles.
The seven chakras include the crown chakra, which is located at the top of the head; the third-eye chakra, which is located at the point just above and between the eyebrows; the heart chakra, which is centered on the chest; and the root chakra, which is at the pelvic floor. Each chakra is typically represented by a specific symbol and color.