The source of health, vitality, and power, the hara is the physical center of the body. Bounded by the lower rib cage and the pelvic bowl, the hara includes all the vital organs of the body, with the exception of the heart and lungs—but even these have a reflexive, energetic presence here.

The hara is the center of “me”-ness. The first three chakras, which deal with basic survival needs and ego/personality development, coalesce and interact here, culminating in a sense of individuality. It is an emotional center.

(Adapted from “Hara,” by Kondañña, Massage & Bodywork, June/July 2001.) See dantien.