Ayurveda teaches that there are seven centers of concentrated, focused, universal energy in the body, which collectively form an aura, an invisible light to the “non-sensitive,” which surrounds a person. There are sensitives who say they can see the colored light of the aura. These energy centers start at the coccyx area and then are said to be located in the sacral, mid-abdomen, heart, throat, behind the eyes, and on the top of the head, all having connection to or close association with the spinal cord. A center is called “chakra,” meaning “wheel,” which can be considered a “whirling vortex” of energy. Think of a cyclone as a vortex of swirling cone shaped energy powered by hot air beneath and cold above, representing dualism. Dualism is incorporated in the explanation of the swirling energy of the chakra as being powered by doshas (rajas & tamas) to bring energy balance. Dualism is a foundational concept in Ayurveda and Oriental religions.
Chakras are supposed to promote and regulate the spread of universal energy to the organs of the body, each center focusing on distributing energy to certain organs in its anatomical area. The energy is distributed from the chakras via “nadis,” which are invisible non- anatomical channels proceeding out from the chakras to carry energy. There is said to be 72,000 nadis.
Ayurveda is founded upon belief in the universal energy theory and postulate that all living objects have an energy field outside of, and surrounding the body, which is said to influence other energy fields. Seven rays of colored lights constitute this energy field, believed to represent seven endocrine glands. The harmony and energy balance of the individual can be ascertained by observing this aura. Ayurveda also teaches that: