Have you ever realized that you’ve been pronouncing a word incorrectly your whole life — and everyone around you has, too? Prepare to be surprised by this lesson about how to pronounce chakra correctly! (Yes, this chakra pronunciation tutorial is much more complicated than the one on aura pronunciation.)
As background, this article is very much in my wheelhouse, because I’m an English teacher AND also Reiki energy work practitioner — so I use the word “chakra” all the time! The explanation here is from first-hand experience from trainings, plus extensive research.
What is a Chakra? Meaning and Definition.
Before we get into the chakra pronunciation lesson, let’s first define the meaning of the word. The term “chakra” is from the Sanskrit language, and refers to the energy centers in the body, which connects to the rough translation of the word as: “wheel.” Each center is associated with specific chakra colors and meanings, and traditionally, the human body is seen as having seven chakras.
For example, the First Chakra is at the base of the spine, and is associated with a red aura, and feeling grounded and safe. During chakra balancing, energy work practitioners can help even out the flow of energy, unblocking any chakras that have become blocked up, and allowing life force energy to flow more freely.
How to Pronounce Chakra
Now we get to the heart of the matter at hand: How to pronounce chakra correctly. First, let’s identify how NOT to say it, as we did with our tutorial on how to pronounce Reiki.
INCORRECT Chakra Pronunciation
Most Americans say the word chakra as “SHAK-ruh” or “SHAK-rah” — with the first syllable sounding like the word “shack.” This is incorrect chakra pronunciation! (Just as it’s incorrect to say that a black aura meaning in energy work is negative.)
In fact, to follow correct conventions of the Sanskrit language, the first syllable of chakra should be pronounced “CHUCK” — like chucking a ball across the room. This means that the tutorials out there which advise saying “CHAA-kruh” are incorrect, as the middle sound of the first syllable should be “UH,” not “AH.”
Moving on, the second syllable of chakra is pronounced “ruh,” but should have a rolled “r” sound at the start, if possible. This rolled “r” is not a common convention in English, so if you’re not able or comfortable doing it, that’s understandable — but know it’s supposed to be in there.
CORRECT Chakra Pronunciation
Therefore, what’s the correct way to pronounce chakra? The full and accurate answer is: “CHUCK-ruh,” with a rolled “r” in the middle of the word. So for example, I’d say to a client, “The fourth CHUCK-ruh is associated with a green aura.”
How to Pronounce Chakra, in Sum
I hope this article about chakra pronunciation has been enjoyable as well as useful. If you’d like to read further about each of these fascinating energy centers, check out my article about the chakras associated with a purple aura meaning, and the wonderful Second Chakra orange aura meaning.
The author and artist, Lillie Marshall, is a National Board Certified Teacher of English who has been a public school educator since 2003, and an experienced Reiki practitioner since 2018. All art on this site is original and hand-drawn by Lillie. She launched DrawingsOf.com Educational Cartoons in 2020, building upon the success of her other sites, AroundTheWorldL.com (established 2009), TeachingTraveling.com (founded 2010), and ReikiColors.com. Subscribe to Lillie’s monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media to stay connected!