Feeling scattered and off-centered? Balancing poses improve focus and concentration that stimulate our third eye, the ajna chakra, offering both physical and mental benefits. Strengthening and elongating our muscles connects us to our center of gravity teaching us how to align ourselves, improve the function of equilibrium receptors in the body, and learn the importance of getting grounded. Keeping our attention focused, undeterred by external stimulation, and staying steady in one place for a while, clears the mind and builds equanimity by instilling a deep sense of calm even though we are experiencing intense, unwavering alertness. Through this mental clarity, we can activate the ajna chakra - a visionary center of signs, symbols, dreams, intuition, and even psychic capabilities. Clearing the way to see the true nature of reality, dispelling illusion to better navigate our lives. Aligning ourselves in balancing poses translates to better alignment and awareness in our everyday standing and walking, improving the way we do everyday activities. This awareness transcends into our thought patterns and further into our emotions bringing a sense of mental clarity, calm, and balance on and off the mat.
Pulling from the mental archives all the musings, philosophy, and travel behind the creation of Monsoon Nectar Skin Care, I collectively call these ideas, experiences, sensations, and lifestyle choices, Bath Culture.