We are energy beings. We run on energy called the life force energy, or bioenergy or prana. Everything we eat, do or experience either increases our energy or depletes it. This includes the food we eat, our lifestyle, people we interact with, our motions, habits and patterns.
Just as blood runs in our body through veins and arteries, similarly energy runs in our body through energy meridians. These are the invisible energy channels that run throughout our body. They are called nadis in sanskrit. Wherever two meridians interact, it creates a swirl of energy which is called a chakra. Chakra in sanskrit means wheel.
According to an ancient text, there are 72,000 nadis or energy meridians in our body and there are 18,000 chakras. Out of these, there are 7 major chakras where maximum number of meridians intersect. These 7 major chakras create a sort of energy backbone of our body.
Why is it necessary to know about chakras and energy?