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Aranyani: Goddess of the Forest

Aranyani is a rarely seen deity who is acknowledged in the movement of the trees, especially at dusk.

The forests have always been vital to Indian civilization, and represented the feminine principle in prakriti. They are the main source of life and fertility. As a community they have been respected as an ideal for evolution in India, on both a societal and civilizational level.

Aranya means forest. In Hinduism, Aranyani is the goddess of the forests and the animals that live there.

Goddess Aranyani has been worshipped in India for centuries as a depiction of the chief expression of life and fertility. She governs the forests and is the protectress and the guardian of animals. She is believed to be the mother of them all. Aranyani has been defined as elusive and fond of quiet glades in the jungle. She is fearless of remote places.

The Aranyakas make up the third part of the ancient yogic scriptures known as the (10,000-year-old) Vedas. They were established by the hermits living in the forests. They reveal a clear evolution in the philosophy of the life of man. The culture of the forest known as ‘Aranya Samskriti’ was not a circumstance of primitiveness, but one of conscious choice. Indian culture values the forest as the highest form of cultural evolution. Esteemed as a source of life, nature was honoured as sacred, and human evolution was determined in terms of man’s ability to unify with her rhythms and patterns intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Therefore the forest cultivated an ecological civilization in the utmost sense of harmony with nature.

Peruse some of our lovely tree-inspired pieces here:
Tree of Wisdom Mala
Tree of Life Mala
Rejuvenation Mala
Guidance Mala
Innocence Mala
Shakti Mala

Tree of Life Bracelet
Spring Bracelet
Vrksa Bracelet
Goddess Bracelet
Connection Bracelet

Yoga and Hiking: Practice and Mala Beads for Connecting to Nature

Yoga to Support You on the Hiking Trail

Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale…

During summertime we often find ourselves gravitating to the outdoors, rather than opting to be inside a studio amid these gorgeous sunshiny days. Here on beautiful Salt Spring Island we have been taking in the best of both worlds by integrating our …

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Jade ~ Featured Mala Beads Gemstone

Jade mala beads inspire inner silence contemplation.

Green Jade promotes chi (life force energy) and is excellent for hiking, gardening or relaxing outdoors.

It is the stone of calm and serenity in the midst of storm. Its intention is to balance the nerves and pacify cardiac rhythm. It relieves anxiety and fear-based emotions. Jade kept …

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Behind the Design: Eye of Shiva Mala Beads

To open to a deeper level of perception, is to see beyond the dualities of life, and essentially to pierce the veil.

This design began with a serendipitous find of a strand of Eye of Shiva shells. In November of 2014, I followed my intuition to a gem and bead show on Salt Spring Island. …

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Cool Down with Yoga and Mala Beads for the Pitta Dosha

Melt away into a cool, grounding and soothing practice…

In the spirit of Ayurveda, the ancient tradition of Indian medicine, summer is the season of pitta, or fire. Although that fire has an intent (to provide the heat necessary to initiate activity and digest food and emotions), an excess of that energy can be toxic. …

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Amazonite - Featured Gemstone

Amazonite can support the balancing of both the heart and throat chakras.

A semi-opaque stone that was used abundantly by the Egyptians, Amazonite is known as the stone of courage. It is said to have acquired its name from the Amazon women warriors who praised the moon goddess, Diana. Since it was discovered near the …

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Recipe: Kapha – Friendly Nutty Soup

 

Since the Kapha dosha is heavy, oily, and cold, it’s important to favour foods that are light, dry, and warm. Foods with pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes are most beneficial for pacifying Kapha

Since the Kapha dosha is heavy, oily, and cold, it’s important to favor foods that are light, dry, and warm. Foods …

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Sandalwood – Featured Mala Bead

Sandalwood stimulates clairvoyance, aids in seeing past lives, healing, clearing, protection, and calms the mind.

Indian Sandalwood is one of the finest holy herbs of Ayurveda. It is recognized scientifically as Santanlum album and in Sanskrit as Chandana.

Sandalwood originates from an evergreen tree that is grown in southern India. The sacred oil collects …

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Shiva ~ Divine Masucline

“Shiva is silence. Shakti is power. Shiva is creativity. Shakti is creation. Shiva is love. Shakti is loving. These qualities aren’t opposites, but complements, which is a perfect description of a sacred union.”

– D. Chopra Shiva [Divine Masculine] personifies the energy of transformation from one form to another, or from one consciousness to …

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Recipe: Feminine Balancing Tea

Amazing for hormone balancing and doubles as a fertility tea.

If used properly and daily this feminine balancing tea really helps harmonize the body and brings balance to stressed hormones. Sometimes, this is just what is needed relax and enhance fertility.

Even if you’re not trying to get pregnant, this tea is perfect for stress, …

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