The new lookbook for Sankalpa Mala Collection is here! The collection has five mala beads: Shanti, Padma, Lakshmi, Satya and Karuna.
The close-up pictures with the details and info of each mala will follow shortly after, so meanwhile enjoy the wonderful lookbook. We had great fun shooting the photos during a sunny Sunday in May! It is a pure pleasure to work with great minds, thank you so much Sari, Saija and Heidi for your contribution!
Photos: Sari Hanski Model: Saija Lentonen Style/make up: Heidi Hakkarainen Clothes: white top, Noa Noa Setting: Med Spa, Helsinki
‘Lakshmi mala‘ is one of the mala beads in the coming Sankalpa Mala Collection. The official release of the coming mala collection is just around the corner! The photo shooting of the Sankalpa lookbook will take place in Helsinki this week and I’m more than happy to have an awesome team to work with in this project.
Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. Also known as Mahalakshmi, she is said to bring good luck and is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows.
It is said that one who wears a pearl enjoys good fortune and is blessed by the goddess Lakshmi, lives long and obtains vitality and intelligence. Pearl signifies faith, charity and innocence.
Changes in age and external environment, alternating seasons, our endlessly shifting thoughts, feelings and emotions, quality and quantity of the food we eat continuously affect us.
According to Ayurveda you have a unique blueprint as called prakruti. In modern terms it means your inherited genetic code. It is your own pattern of energy, your combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics.
As the internal and external conditions of your lives change, you need constantly adjust in order to maintain a radiant health. This of course asks to take responsibility of your daily living. A great news is that gemstones have the ability to balance your dosha as they contain potent forms of energy which may be drawn upon for healing purposes!
If don’t know which dosha type you are, or you want to check the current situation, go ahead and take the quiz below.
After filling out the chart, you picked the number under vata, pitta and kapha. The biggest number indicates your main dosha. Most people will have one dosha predominant, a few will have two doshas about equal and only some will have all three doshas in equal proportion.
The quiz will enable you to determine your unique constitution according to Ayurveda, but remember that the formula above can provide only a rough guideline.
So please do not draw any absolute conclusions about yourself based on the self-assesment. Use the information on the chart rather to help you as a guide to deeper self-understanding and choosing the right gemstones for your mala beads!
Here is a list of the gemstones which you can use to balance your dosha:
Pearls symbolize moon. They have a cooling effect and a calming healing vibration. Pearls are good for all doshas, particularly for pitta.
Lapis lazuli gives strength to the body and mind. It calms vata and pitta and is helpful for anxiety, fear and weakness of the heart.
Quartz crystals calm vata, improve the quality of perception and strengthen communication and intuition.
Jade is beneficial for longevity. It strengthens kidney energy and is said to be good for the power of speech.
Amethyst is a stone for the crown chakra. It has energy of dignity, love, compassion and hope. It helps to control emotions and is good for vata and pitta imbalance.
Onyx is an excellent stone for vata disorders. It induces deep sleep and is good for memory and promotes positive thinking. Onyx makes life peaceful and amplifies love in relationships.
Kapha person can use stones such as garnet and cat’s eye. Or if you are willing to invest, pacify your dosha with ruby or blue sapphire.
Ruby is a life-protecting stone and brings prosperity. Both ruby and garnet strengthen concentration and bestow mental energy. Blue sapphire is a beautiful precious stone and it helps to build up muscles and the skeletal system and heal arthritis. Do not wear blue sapphire with diamonds, since that will create disharmony.
If you have ever stepped on a yoga mat, may it be just recently or years ago, you have probably experienced that sweet flow of energy and happiness after a sweaty struggle with asanas.
There are days when you feel you are tapping into something bigger and greater than even life itself during the practice and then comes those ugly, sticky mornings when the whole body feels stiff and sore and you have an urgent desire to quit and stop the whole madness altogether!
Self- and life-transforming yoga practice seems to ask a lot of dedication and courage from its student, but everyone who has ever tasted the sweetness of yoga knows it is definitely worth it.
I got a wonderful opportunity to ask few questions about a balanced yoga practice from the certified ashtanga yoga teacher Pia Lehtinen. The first certified lady – and person – among the ashtanga yoga teachers in Finland!
You have been practicing ashtanga yoga for over a decade now. What gets you wake up 5 o’clock in the morning and roll out your mat every day?
Almost a decade, not over yet. It’s not so easy to explain, I just have to do it. Just like I have to wake up, brush my teeth, have a breakfast and so on. It’s not super fun all the time. It’s not like a good friend with whom you go to the party, it is more like a relative who is a bit annoying some times, but you still love him or her very very much.
What do you think are the most important key factors in building a consistent and safe yoga practice?
Time. Give yourself time. Don’t hurry with asanas or series. Your body and mind need time. Time to strength up. Balance is everything.
Many ashtanga yoga students are traveling to Mysore to experience the authentic Indian way of teaching yoga and passing on the tradition from teacher to student. How important role does traveling to Mysore regulary play in your yoga practice?
I just love Mysore. My teacher Sharath Jois is there and India itself is one hell of a teacher also. In my opinion everyone should travel to India. It changes you and your yoga practice forever.
Nowadays so many different types of yoga being out there, what would be your advice to someone who desires to begin practicing yoga but is confused by the variety of choices. How do you recognize a good yoga teacher?
Listen to your heart and if it doesn’t tell you whether your teacher is good or bad, then ask your friends or fellow yoga practitioners. If you seek, you will find just the right style and teacher for you. And if you want to skip that seeking part, just book your trip to Mysore!
Amethyst is a stone of spirituality and contentment, known for its metaphysical abilities to still the mind and inspire an enhanced meditative state. Its high frequency purifies the aura of negative energy or attachments.
Amethyst is also said to initiate wisdom, greater understanding and psychic ability. It helps in the assimilation and digestion of new ideas, in a way that one can put thought into action.
Surely, when the mind is clear about which direction and path to take and the heart joins the decision, inspired action follows easily!
Amethyst is a talisman of focus and success! And without continual focus, how can we get any success with our actions?
As soon as the summer turns into fall, all my clothes changes their color into black. It is so easy to pick the matching pieces when they are all the same color, haha! Hands up, if you have come to the same conclusion! But the flip-side of my camouflage-friendly wardrobe is that black is NOT a good choice for my ayurvedic dosha type.
In fact is the opposite what is recommend for a vata person. So if you happen to be a serious black-lover, this video has something for you to reconsider when you’re next time shopping around!
To summarize the content:
Vata person’s best choices are soft pastels, sunny yellow and warm red and orange.
Pitta should wear cooling colors like, blues, purple and green along with silver.
Kapha can use bright and stimulating colors, such as red, yellow, orange and gold.
Have a colofur day and leave a comment below if you have made the right – or not so wise – choices with colors!
I’m so thrilled and happy to announce that all Heart of Joy‘s japa malas are being blessed by a puja which was done at Broome Street Ganesha Temple in NYC! Puja has an idea of making an offering or gift to a deity, or important person, and receiving their blessing in return.
My sincerest intention for making japa malas is that they will inspire and bless the wearer on her spiritual path and remind of the connection with the inner self. Of course you will set your own intentions, sacred or mundane, for the mala and that is what matters most!
An ancient Arabic saying goes:
“The purpose of life is to clean the mirror of the soul.”
I see malas as tiny helpers assisting with the dusting process. They are always eager to help you along the way. To get your own blessed and sacred beauty, go to Japa mala Shop and email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org!