Affirmats adds an emotional layer to yoga by wrapping form, function, and a dash of inspiration in PURE LOVE.
It’s simple, life gets crazy and yoga makes us happy. Not only are these mats comfortable and stylish, but gives each of us a little affirmation to get us going through the day. Celebrating the small victories and reminding yourself to be thankful are just the perks you get from the inspirations while you become the yogi you want to be from a high quality, biodegradable and ergonomically friendly mat to help you master those advanced poses.
Ananda Soul Creations
My name is Christina Zipperlen and I’m the designer and founder of Ananda Soul Creations. With my creations I intend to do my little part to inspire, empower and make you fly in the direction of your dreams. Each one of my fair trade handmade designs carries that intention and each piece is blessed in a Balinese ceremony with prayers for love, peace and abundance in your life. AND THAT IS MY PRAYER FOR YOU: THAT YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, GLOWING, PRECIOUS, STUNNING AND LOVED.
Ananda Soul is all about empowering women and making the world a brighter place. That is why we donate 10% of all our profits to the Senang workshop and the attached school for Balinese street children. The workshop is part of a prevention program against child trafficking. While the kids attend school, their moms work in the Senang (means happy) workshop to support themselves for a life filled with hope and a bright future. Let us empower these children and women to shine their ligh
My name is Thoraya, I'm 23 years old and a recent college graduate. I love creating and sharing. What you will find in my Etsy shop are shirts I have designed on my laptop, printed in my room and pressed in my garage. My goal is to spread the message of my company, Arima, which is all about being free, authentic and pure. All the designs on my shirts have a message to them, so that when you buy and wear an Arima shirt, you are doing more than wearing a logo- you are wearing something you stand for. As the company has grown the past few months I have been forced to use other sources for printing. Brian and Myranda own a t-shirt printing company in my local neighborhood and that is where the printing is done at the moment.
Just breathe. That’s the mantra with Asha Patel and her jewelry devotees.
The pharmacist turned jewelry designer is inspired by symmetry. Whether it’s the dichotomy of East and West, Yin and Yang or motherhood balanced with work life, it’s the perfect blend of parts combined to equal the whole..
Pieces from Asha Patel Designs are symbolic in nature, but modern in design. Patel’s talent lies in blending dueling materials like edgy leather wrap bracelets mixed with statement gems like labradorites and moonstones, sleek sterling necklaces with modernly cut numbers dangling to reflect mystical numerology, and ID tags with mindful Sanskrit sayings.
Give back. Get real. Keep hope alive. True to our name, the literal translation of “Asha” is hope. “Hope is the companion of power, and the mother of success; for who so strongly hopes has within him the gift of miracles” — Samuel Smiles.
Asha Patel Designs has chosen to support the following charities:
Our mission is to catalyze socio-economic change in India through education of underprivileged children.
Our mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in nearly 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.
She’s the First is a media campaign that promotes the importance of educating girls who would otherwise not have the opportunity to go to school.
Bali Malas serves as an ambassador of the altruistic spirit of Aum Rudraksha designs who ceremoniously create and birth each unique mala in Bali, Indonesia. We offer pristine, sustainably harvested, fair-trade rudraksha seeds to seekers in the West who might not otherwise have exposure to the profound, healing qualities of this potent seed. With an idealistic spirit, we extend our reach to the first-time yogi and the sage sadhu alike. We see the world as a place where all should enjoy the right of beauty and soulful adornments. At Bali Malas, we make the sacred essential.
When you purchase certified organic herbs and products from Banyan Botanicals, you can be confident that you are making a healthful choice, while also contributing to a healthier planet. In order to meet the USDA’s stringent organic standards our entire line of supply is regularly inspected by independent 3rd party certifying agencies. This includes the fields and farms in India, our suppliers’ manufacturing and production facilities, and our warehouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a company that supports people in achieving health and well-being, we are firm believers in the importance of the organic movement. Ingesting the highest quality food and herbs is fundamental to creating a healthy lifestyle. In addition to encouraging our customers to eat organic, we are committed to supplying them with herbs and products made with organic ingredients. We offer the largest selection of organic Ayurvedic herbs in the United States and invest in projects that will continue to expand the range of organic Ayurvedic herbs available in the future.
Banyan Botanicals is committed to trading fairly with everyone involved in the farming and production of our herbs.
- The farmers are paid a fair and stable price for their products
- We provide extra income for farmers to improve their quality of living
- We assist small farmers in achieving a stronger position in world markets
- We supply a closer link between consumers and products
Many of the projects we support are organized in cooperatives that are made up of 10-20 families working together as a group. The farmers have genuine love for growing plants that are used in healing and a passion for organic farming. When you purchase our products, you are supporting these families and the positive choices they make.
Boho Gypsy (Annah Chakola)
I was born in Kerala, South India. What you see in my work today is inspired by a country I left many years ago and now find myself back exploring traditional craft and the nostalgic emotions I left at a young age. My collection is a blend of cultural influences, using rich materials mixed with clean lines (and a burst of color here and there). I now live in India for most of the year , by the water, very close to where I was raised. I spent the rest of the year in America showcasing traditional Indian craftsmanship around the country. I am passionate about the crafts and colors of India. I live to travel. I love a good meal and true friendships. Vintage textiles, Raw stones, natural seeds and working directly with artisans that help me bring my designs to life makes what I do everyday a good one!
Welcome to the World of Breathe In!
Breathe In the brainchild of René Quenell, Yoga teacher and studio owner in Sierra Madre, California. René is also a Certified Reiki Master and Structural Yoga Therapist.
The concept evolved from her love of essential oils and candles and her desire to explore avenues to incorporate them in her daily life and yoga practice as well. She also has a long-held interest in Deities and Mantras and wanted to create something special for devotional practices for her yoga students. And so Breathe In was born.
Each Deity is associated with a candle, and a fragrance that complements the energy expressed by the Deity. The candles are carefully poured and infused with Reiki energy. The packaging of the candles was designed to leave the smallest carbon footprint without compromising the presentation of the candle and its box, and only the finest ingredients are used in the manufacturing process. Their muted elegance and exquisite fragrance give Breathe In candles a unique look and make them an ideal gift for yogis and non-yogis alike.
Bright Star and Buffalo
It all started with goats. Miniature goats with adorable bouncing bodies and curious tongues - frolicking and tasting... they were our first kids. She was jet black with blue eyes and a bursting star of white on her forehead; he was a little buffalo - rich chocolate brown with stripes of caramel colored fir beneath his big soft eyes. My daughter Tashi and I named them an hour after they were born in the fresh hay of the sweet smelling barn with golden flecks of straw dancing around us like visible magic in the morning sun light - Bright Star and Buffalo.
We believe in women, men and children. We believe in their power, wisdom, beauty, grace, magic and strength. We believe that all of us are the keepers and protectors of life. We are all spiritual guides, nurturing caregivers & providers, warriors, playful beings of light and love. We want to connect all of us to the power of ourselves - our wisdom, our truth, our essential nature.
Chattra creates and sells artisan-crafted yoga gear for home and studio. chattra collections include richly-colored, hand-block and screen-printed yoga props and mat bags celebrating India’s architecture, design, and spiritual heritage. chattra products are hand-crafted in ethical workshops in India dedicated to preserving India’s incredible textile heritage. chattra also collaborates with inspiring New Delhi-based contemporary designers. Each chattra product includes illuminating orange detail and is adorned with a colorful mirror tassel like those seen on the camels of Rajasthan’s great Thar desert.
Chattra is a concept that was inspired after chattra founder Ann Mordine and her family lived and traveled in India from 2007-2013. Ann was taken by the beauty of India’s art and architecture, intrigued by the calm and chaos of its culture, moved by the devotion and spirit of its people and their traditions. She also practiced a lot of amazing yoga and developed a passion for textiles.
Chattra introduced its first line at Yoga Journal Live in New York 2014 so yoga and meditation practitioners could bring a bit more beauty and inspiration to their sacred practice spaces. chattra was selected as set decoration on an NBC TV show and is sold in multiple yoga retail locations and online.
Sanskrit for parasol, chattra symbolizes dignity and protection. In Buddhism, a chattra tops stupa monuments and often represents the Buddha. The playful and profound elephant-headed Hindu deity Ganesha, remover of obstacles and Lord of Beginnings, often carries a chattra. Lovely meanings to enhance yoga practice.
In the spring of 2012, I was struck by back-to-back personal tragedies: I lost my mom to pancreatic cancer and my partner to suicide. While still reeling from these losses, a friend introduced me to beading and I soon discovered it was a way to stay centered and grounded during the long and tumultuous grieving process.
While learning this art, I used the materials and stones I was drawn to naturally only to find out later that the properties of the beads I connected with most were those of healing, grief, grounding and transformation. Cambia means change in Spanish, a language I spent many years studying. Working with these beads has changed me. Working with the stones so closely and so intensely allowed me to absorb their healing energies, and I took from them what I needed in order to transform my pain and loss into a new life direction. (Not to mention that the sheer act of repetitive stringing and knotting are soothingly meditative in themselves).
I do not consider myself a mala master. For me, designing malas has been an organic process of growth and healing: creating beauty from pain and finding treasure in tragedy.
The sales of these malas and bracelets have helped sustain me during this time of personal loss. They represent my struggles and my joys. They represent my experience of being human. I now have the amazing fortune to spend my days doing what I love: creating beautiful malas that I hope help in the spiritual journey of others as they did for me.
Greenline By K
Kathryn Hilderbrand is a master tailor, designer and business entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience working in the fashion industry. Owner of an upscale tailoring shop, Stitched., on Cape Cod and Founder/Designer of label, GreenLinebyK. GreenLinebyK is a small clothing company located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Our mission is to deliver quality handmade garments that are kind to our earth and, in many cases, give back. Each of our pieces is lovingly cut and made by hand - one piece at a time. We strive to use only sustainable, natural and organic fibers. All pieces are made by local craftspeople and we source all of our fabrics from suppliers who share our principals and ethics.
In addition to being environmentally conscious in our production methods and fiber choices, we are also a company that believes in social action. Our current charity affiliation is with Habitat for Humanity, Cape Cod. We are actively raising funds for this organization through the sale of our PARTICIPATE eco tee - designed by us with community action at the forefront.
Hilderbrand founded Good Clothing Company in 2015 to create small runs of production for designers. She is passionate about bringing clothing manufacturing back to the United States.
"I am completely committed to bringing awareness to the truth about what goes on in this industry. I feel honored to be involved and feel that it is my moral and ethical obligation to be a part of much needed change in this industry - change that might save lives and better the quality of lives of those on the lowest levels of production.”
Our Canadian handcrafted and thoughtfully sourced yoga products have been supporting yoga practitioners and wellness-seekers for over 25 years. Our mission is to provide the best experience for our customers with exceptional yoga products.
A leader in the field of yoga, meditation, spirituality, and holistic health, the Himalayan Institute is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to serving humanity through educational, spiritual, and humanitarian programs. The Institute and its varied activities and programs exemplify the spiritual heritage of mankind that unites East and West, spirituality and science, and ancient wisdom and modern technology.
I've been making jewelry for over a decade. I graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Art and English in 2001. That year I met renowned jewelry artist, Celie Fago and became her apprentice and teaching assistant. For 9 years I accompanied her in her travels around the country and abroad.
Now I spend my days making jewelry full time and selling it at my booth at the Burlington Artist Market, locally at Trinket and trunk shows, and online in my Etsy shop .
I’ve sold my work at craft shows and in galleries across Vermont and been included in exhibits in the US, UK and Japan. My work has been featured in top jewelry magazines and several books; and made the cover of the Lark book "Stitched Jewels".
I love what I do and feel very lucky to being doing it!
*The JK symbol that I use is not only my initials, it is also the Chinese symbol for "Forever"
Kim Krans / The Wild Unknown
My name is Kim Krans. And I am The Wild Unknown.
When I was fifteen I met my first true drawing teacher. An old-school disciplinarian, she taught me to study line and shape, to draw from observation, and to integrate energy into visual form. More importantly, she awakened me to the idea of the inner dimension and the mystery within. I studied with her every day for three years.
Following that I lived in New York City for thirteen years, studying art at Cooper Union, Hunter College, showing in galleries, playing in bands, and from an outside perspective - living the dream. Yet there was an unfulfilled part of me, a light that was beginning to dim as I looked for everything external to brighten me.
At that juncture I found yet another life-changing teacher, this time in yoga. And it was also around that time that The Wild Unknown began to emerge. I started drawing children's books, meditating, practicing daily self-reflection, and eventually this led me to draw the Wild Unknown Tarot Deck. Looking back, it’s been a true journey of transformation, and I am blessed that my amazing husband Jonny has taken the ride with me, helping to build this company from the ground up. We now live in California, where I teach yoga, make drawings, and try to visit the ocean as much as possible.
A lifestyle brand with its roots in yogic philosophy and principles, Laty proposes unique styles of urban chic bags and accessories and apparel, all thoughtfully designed in high quality materials.
Laty is committed to using only high quality materials for environmentally-friendly and ethically-produced items. The company wishes to engage in a mutually respectful relationship with all suppliers, manufacturers, clients and everyone we work with and interact.
The name “LATY” came as the result of a wish to have a short and appealing word with a meaning. It is the grouping of the first letters of four powerful words: love awakening thankfulness yearning.
L stands for LOVE
A stands for AWAKENING
T stands for THANKFULNESS
Y stands for YEARNING
Liforme Yoga Mats
Liforme creates innovative yoga equipment designed to make your yoga practice better. Whether you practice Hatha, Ashtanga or Vinyasa Flow, Jivamukti or Iyengar (or any other styles of Yoga), our Liforme Yoga Mats will help make each breath and each asana count. We believe in pushing boundaries to create better things. We’ve spent years researching, re-designing, and re-developing to create the Liforme Yoga Mat, and our unique AlignForMe yoga asana alignment system. So get your best Yoga pants on and join us on the Liforme Yoga Mat.
Heirloom quality textile accessories for women, using sustainable & organic raw materials.
Feminine and minimal designs, incorporating soft pleats, eyelets & cable details, onto a neutral color palette, of heathered blacks, washed grays & soft ivory. Each piece is designed, constructed & finished by the artist, Jackie Kilmartin, in her Philadelphia studio.
Magic Carpet Yoga Mats
Sophie Leininger is a Northern California-based artist.
Her long-time fascination with traditional textile and rug design has never found an appropriate outlet for study. Until now.
Magic Carpet Yoga Mats embrace traditional design with the hand painted attention of a trained artist. Leininger paints each design by hand and prints them on yoga mats to full size, providing a unique and artistic alternative to the common mat. Performing yoga postures on a beautiful mat enhances the yoga experience by connecting the pleasures of the heart to the movement of the body.
She is pleased to make the pleasure yours.
All designs hand drawn by Sophie Leininger. Magic Carpet Yoga Mats are always Non-Toxic, phthalate-free, and sustainably printed in California, USA.
My name is Heather Mudry. I am the creator and owner of Mama Malas. I love that first cup of coffee in the morning, the smell of bonfires and restorative yoga (no cardio for this gal). I crave connection, authenticity, the space to be creative, and wild expanding freedom. My guilty pleasure is watching teen dramas that I am really just too old to be watching (I’m looking at you Pretty Little Liars).
Motherhood has been my greatest responsibility. I feel so blessed to experience it and I was afraid that my actions weren’t always aligned with my beliefs. I realized that I wanted my son Owen to grow up with a wonder for nature. With memories of spontaneous day trips to the mountains. With an appreciation for living in the moment and connecting with the people that are right in front of him. I needed to get back in touch with my intuition and start living a life that was pure to us. It was then that I turned to my love of healing stones to design and create my first set of mala beads. I chose Tiger’s Eye, Amazonite, and Rose Quartz to help keep me balanced and aware of my desire to live a fully present and intentional life. In turn, I rediscovered my love of jewellery making and healing stones. I knew within an instant that this was my purpose.
I am focused on growing Mama Malas in a way that helps to foster a community of mindful mamas that encourage and support each other to live according to their intuitions and desires. I am passionate about redefining the way we as women look at motherhood. My feeling is, that for far too long there has been a battle between mothers when the reality is, we are all in this together. We are the natural leaders and nurturers of our families. We all want what is best for our children. What we model in our own lives has a direct impact on the values we hand down to the next generation, and when we embrace our authentic selves, we give our children permission to do the same.
My intention is that your Mama Malas give you the courage to follow your instincts, create a life and parenting style that work for you, and keep you aligned with your goals. I want you to live in the moment, drop what is unimportant to play with your children and go on fantastic and wild adventures.
Every mother deserves to feel beautiful, adore her life and create her own path. Your Mama Malas take your desires and intentions and turn them into something tangible, touchable and real. Designed with healing stones, they cultivate a life of presence, intention and love. A life lead by your heart and not your head.
Manduka is more than eco-conscious yoga gear. Way more. We are joyology – a study in living. Our mission starts on the mat!
At Manduka we are committed to making the world a better place. We’re grateful to be part of a community that’s committed to doing the same. Together we celebrate the deep and profound bond yoga shares with the world. The idea of respect for all living things is core to our company's philosophy, and sustainability is our standard.
We are committed to eco-responsibility, and are mindful of every decision we make in the manufacturing process. We support fair labor practices and toxic-free emission facilities. Wherever possible, we use natural, recyclable, sustainable and/or biodegradable materials, and constantly search for new green technologies.
Each detail is a conscious decision. We've constructed bags from recycled polyester fabrics and zippers made from recycled plastic bottles. Our eKO line of yoga mats is produced using biodegradable rubber sustainably harvested from rubber trees with no toxic glues. Designed to last a lifetime, the PRO Series mats minimize impact on the environment and ensure years of superior practice for our community. Our prop collection was developed using materials including sustainable cork, natural unbleached cotton, and recycled wool fibers.
With growth, we pledge to protect and honor our earth and its beings. Let’s continue to walk the walk together. You help us and we’ll help you. And we’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas at any time. Better choices mean a better tomorrow for all of us.
I studied art and interior design as a student. As an adult I use the world, my experiences and travel as resources to find unusual semi-precious gemstones and high quality gold. My bespoke pieces have been featured in DC I was first exposed to yoga in 1995 in my native home of Iran. I moved to the United States in 2001 where I continued my devotion to yoga – focusing specifically on the Hatha and Kundalini practice.
As my life in the United States continued, I went through many personal and professional highs and lows. Disappointment, heartbreak, mistakes (some in my control, some not) I went through it all. In attempt to cope and broaden my horizons, I fell in love with travel. I was fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout Asia. I experienced the many beautiful, historic and ancient cultures with deep history in healing and spirituality.
While my travels in Asia were beyond anything I could have imagined, I still had a void. In 2012, I felt at a loss again - still separated from my inner light and still feeling without peace. I then decided to rededicate myself to my practice
This time I stepped in to the hot room of Power Yoga. I knew immediately this time was different. As a person, I had evolved and this practice brought something different out of me. The loss I felt internally was slowly starting to heal.
The connection I felt with my practice was beyond words. After several months, I was encouraged to begin training to become a yoga instructor. My teacher at the time saw something in me that I didn’t even see in myself. I trusted her. I trusted my journey. And I felt this is where life’s highs and lows had led me – and I was going to embrace it with open arms.
I attended instructor training at Down Dog Studio and completed 200 hours of Teacher Training in Power Vinyasa.
I am an accomplished jewelry designer. There is something magical, personal and spiritual that happens to me when I practice my yoga – I get the same feeling when I make my jewelry. My muse speaks and my heart answers in return – this is my cycle of creation… the divine and pure energy of design.
Moonspoon is designed for you by Jonathan and Julia ‘Spoons”. His life’s work is wood spoon design; she creates the graphic images. Designing beautiful spoons, they work together in a little shop deep in the woods of Pennsylvania by the Maiden Creek. The moon casts its brilliant light through the trees and inspires our designs. The stark beauty of contrast and silhouette emerges from the moonlit night. We interpret this graphic imagery in fine cherry wood creating elegant serving utensils inspired by moonlight. What could be more fun than a moon on a spoon? A gift inspired by moonlight.
Fair prices, no binding contracts, and the freedom to make a success of their craft by building a sustainable business. Artisans from around the world (many living in rural communities) don't have the means to sell their work on the international market. Novica gives them a free platform to do this, and reach customers on a global scale.
Our teams of local art experts based in every region, provide artisans with all the backup they need. From product development advice, to quality control assistance, we are there to make their listing process as smooth as possible. We operate a completely transparent system where artisans have all the control. They are free to raise or lower their own prices, can withdraw their products at any time, and can even put their items on sale. We offer 0% interest loans to artisans who want to expand their business and bring more income to their wider communities.
In a world where there are so many mass produced products, with no record of who made them, and under what conditions, Novica gives you the choice to say no to sweatshops and child labor, and to vote with your wallet for a happier world.
Hi there! My name is Julie and I am the creative director and maker behind Purpose Design. I started my business with a love for food, a passion for packaging and a desire to run my own creative business. Part designer, part foodie, part packaging addict, I make these kits based on my love for global cuisine. I have a fascination for food, I love to cook and eat and can host a pretty outrageous dinner party. I have a too-large cookbook collection. I buy all my spices from carefully sourced distributors in Montreal. I buy organic and fair trade spices whenever possible. All of my spices are the highest quality and super fresh because I buy them in small quantities.
Rachel Dropp, the designer behind Raw Elements Jewelry, hand fabricates edgy and organic adornments using ancient and modern techniques. Dropp’s designs are made of a mixture of materials-reclaimed precious metals, diamonds, semi-precious gemstones, crystals, then incorporates elements to create a raw and unique style. She currently is a one woman operation: she designs it, makes it, photographs it and ships it. She is committed to sustainable business practices, using mostly reclaimed metals from a refinery rather than straight from the mines. She also sources gemstones and minerals from ethical vendors and US lapidary artists. All of her designs adhere to 3 aesthetic themes: rustic nature, sacred geometry and bohemian. Raw Elements Jewelry provides the customer the unique statement that they are a global conscious thinker, allowing them to be recognized by other like minded people. Her mission is to design jewelry that is for individual self expression and that illuminates a global reflection. Raw Style. Raw Beauty. Raw Elements…
Red Clouds Collective
We believe in creating products with an honest approach and practical design, and in an effort to create a lasting life for our products, we consider all fabrics and functions. Red Clouds Collective goods are designed for people who value quality that both exceeds the standards and meets the needs of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We are a collective of makers and adventurers, and each piece we make is an extension of our lives. We hope our creations help you along your path.
Chanté Floreani founded Root Down Botanicals as a way to combine her passion of organic and eco-friendly products with her love of plants and their inspiring qualities. “Smell Good + Feel Good, Naturally” is the philosophy behind her products. The ingredients are all rooted in nature with each blend harnessing the therapeutic powers of plants.
While in college in Colorado, Chanté began mixing her own essential oil fragrances. What started as a hobby years ago, has turned into a business that intersects her love of art, science and nature. There are no secret formulas, hidden ingredients, synthetic fragrances or chemical preservatives.
Chanté lives in beautiful Bellingham, Washington in the Pacific Northwest with her partner Dave and their cuddly cat Gizmo. She enjoys helping people enhance their daily lives with her collection of botanical fragrances.
Soap for your Soul
I love to make soap and candles. That's about it.
I love the smells, the colors, the designs, the herbs, spices, and the chemistry involved. With an ebb and flow meshing my livelihood into our family life, we make an effort to enjoy each and every day we are given. Working alongside my friends and family, I'm able to pass on the arts and crafts of old on to the next generation.
Your heart will always lead you in the right direction -- it is a simple truth, one that I used to cling to fervently when I was younger, and yet it is so easy to forget at times. The wake up call that reminded me of this truth pushed me out of my comfortable home and life in New York City and set me on the path that would lead to the founding of Soulié. It all began with a year long journey, through which I carried nothing but a backpack. As I returned home, I stared into my storage room full of items precious and not. I was overwhelmed by the weight of it, by the impact I knew it could have had. We all need things in our life, things to help us carry, to keep us warm, to fill our lives with beauty and to echo back to us the story that is uniquely ours. But we have only one precious and sacred life. Shouldn’t it be filled with the things that make our heart sing? Shouldn’t the things we fill our day and home with be so beautiful that to wake up to them in the morning actually brings us joy? And what if on top of that, our things could make someone else’s life more beauty and joy full? I’ve had such privilege through my life to travel almost incessantly, watching and observing as I visited nearly 40 countries. In each, there was one common element: that the people who seemed the happiest and carried the most pride were those creating beauty with their own hands.
Artisans have the unique gift to spend their lives filling everything they make with love and intention. Their crafts tell the history of their ancestors and the story of their lives now. To hold a master artisan’s piece in your hands is to hold the sacred. It is an extension of their soul and of their deepest desire for how they want to see the world.When I finally began to trust again in the direction of my heart’s guidance, I knew that Soulié would be the path for my journey. I knew that no matter what we did or made, we would work in a way that supported these artisans and other entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations creating more beauty and empowerment in the world. I knew that we would work at the intersection of art and design, economic development and cultural preservation because, after all, each of these things is inextricably linked to the other. This is our one wild and sacred story to tell. Trust in it. Fill your life with the things that are so uniquely beauty full that they fill your heart with bliss. Realize that even the smallest actions, smallest decisions can change the world around you.
Trust in your heart, and know that it will always lead you in the right direction.
Founder & President, Soulié
SUNDÃRI (n. sun-'dar-ee) means "a beautiful woman" in Sanskrit.
SUNDÃRI is an essential part of a lifestyle that enables you to achieve harmony and balance in mind, body and spirit as you journey through life.
A distinctive collection of anti-aging skincare products created from the purest ingredients and rarest essences distilled from nature, SUNDÃRI blends modern science for immediate results with botanicals known through ancient wisdom.
- Product features
- SUNDÃRI products are formulated with organic ingredients where ever possible
- No synthetic fragrances or dyes are used in the products
- Essential oils used are of therapeutic grade
- SUNDÃRI does not test on animals
- All products are Dermatologist tested
SUNDÃRI users consistently experience noticeable and defining results – achieving beauty through balance, staying younger looking and preventing the effects of premature aging.
SUNDÃRI combines adherence to Ayurvedic principles based on an ancient eastern philosophy with the finest quality ingredients from nature, delivering a holistic approach to wellness that results in outer radiance and inner serenity.
Julia & Wayne are the husband and wife team behind Whispering Willow. We are the creators, the designers, the manufacturers, the labelers, the customer service team, and so on. Each product that goes out our door is truly handcrafted with love, attention and pride in the end result.
When we started our little soap company in 2010, we sat down and discussed what was important to us moving forward and we focused on three main principles that have guided all of our decisions:
- We wanted our products to be Sustainable. We use certified organic ingredients whenever possible. We also aim to include as much recycled and recyclable packaging as we can. We believed our business had to be part of a virtuous cycle if it was going to be truly sustainable; so we decided to give back a percentage of our profits to charity every year right from the beginning.
- We wanted our products to be Natural. We never use any sulfates, parabens, synthetic preservatives, scents or colors in our product line. If we feel uncomfortable using an ingredient, we don’t.
- We wanted our products to be Beautiful. We believed that a great product should not only work well and smell fantastic, but it should also be visually appealing.
With those ideas in mind, we set off on a journey that has given us the good fortune of traveling around the Eastern United States and meeting some of the most remarkable people. We have been astounded by the support we have received from customers who appreciate and believe in what we are trying to do. We have also been touched by the warm reception of the handmade community which is filled with creative people who are so generous, kind and supportive of any and all crafty entrepreneurs.
In short, it has been an amazingly rewarding (if occasionally sleep-deprived) process so far. While we do not know where our little soap company will take us, we know that as long as we stay true to our guiding principles, we will end up right where we belong.
Today is a beautiful day. You are the Light of the World. I see myself in you. The mission of YOGiiZA is clear and present. Our mission is to give yogis a choice that is a true reflection of yoga values. When we choose natural and Organic products we are choosing to nurture and protect Mother Earth. When we choose synthetic, unsustainable, petroleum based products we are perpetuating a system that depends on us being unaware. When we become aware we clearly understand that the choices we make manifest the world we choose. We are aware. We choose Natural. We choose Organic. We choose to live in an awakened world where people are responsible for their environment. When we complain about the environment, or the state of the world, we need look no further for the cause than our own bodies and minds. When we purify the mind and body the World becomes pure. Thank you for standing up and being counted as eco-warriors fighting for Mother Earth. Make no mistake about it, the battle is being fought everyday by people like you and me who have awakened to the power of our purchases. Thank you for choosing Natural. Thank you for choosing Organic. Thank you for choosing YOGiiZA, Organic clothing for Organic people™.
Thank you again for your support,
Mark Thomas Oliver
With a deep passion for sustainability that influences every aspect of our business practices, yogitoes was quoted by Susy Borlido, Business Greening Program Director for Sustainable Works, as the "greenest office on Main Street, the Green Light District, Santa Monica, California."
Committed to using recycled content in all of our yoga tools, yogitoes has already rescued 3.5 million plastic bottles from our oceans and landfills. Continuously pushing the boundary in sustainability, yogitoes uses recycled and repurposed materials, such as recycled plastic bottles, recycled rubber and rice husk, a by-product of rice grain production that normally goes to landfills or gets burned. The "r" stands for recycled and for our collective responsibility to make a difference for the wealth of our planet. Less than 10% of recyclable materials actually gets recycled. It is vital for our planet and our children that we find creative ways to upcycle these materials, and yogitoes is proud to participate and help inspire others to do the same.
Elevating beyond green product, yogitoes renovated its offices and rExperience Lab to LEED standards, and has Green Business Certification. rExperience Lab, as a part of yogitoes’ headquarters, engages the community in sustainable practices off the mat, and serves as a space for like-minded organizations to hold lectures, as well as, a showroom where our customers can learn about our product line, and play! Yogitoes feels the relationship between environmental and human wellness is deeply connected, and yogitoes’ culture is rooted in helping both to thrive.
The concept for the cork yoga mats started at a young age growing up in a very eco conscious family who worked with the Sierra Club and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. They taught me the importance of caring for the environment and for yourself.
This translated into my first passion, building surfboards and paddle boards. Learning how toxic and environmentally unfriendly traditional surfboard manufacturing can be, I set out to use non traditional materials that were eco - friendly, longer lasting and better performing. The results of years of experimenting with different materials ended with my discovery of cork. Cork outlasted and outperformed any other material used and best of all it provided a non - slip surface even when wet, eliminating the need for oil based wax or toxic eva foams for traction.
In-between creating boards at my shop inside the back corner of my friends brewery, I would practice yoga at a local studio. The progression into my yoga practice basically hit a stand still because I could not get confident enough into warrior or down dog poses. I would be slipping and sliding all over the place and consistently readjusting my mat. Yes, I was guilty of using the cheap PVC mats they let students borrow. One day a light bulb when off in my head, wait a second cork doesn't slip when its wet! Working out of my garage with the help of my dad and mom we set out to create the first prototypes, backing the cork to recycled rubber tire sheets. Bringing them into the local studio, I knew I was onto something special when the teachers would grab the cork mats before any students could get their hands on them. I now realize how a good yoga mat is so important to progressing in your practice. Hearing comments and stories from customers of how their Yoloha mat has transformed their practice on an american made, eco-friendly mat makes all the hard work worth it.
CHRIS WILLEY AND THE WILLEY FAMILY
Zenned Out Jewelry
A creative soul right from the start, Cassie has always loved all things handmade. Themes of stargazing with her father, a deep love for yoga, and the influences from an openminded, astrology loving grandmother seep through her jewelry designs.
From quitting her day job to run Zenned Out, to moving Zenned Out from her home and into a 1,400 square foot commercial space, Cassie has been committed to pushing through the growing pains of owning a business with little business experience. Through consistent trial and error, a thirst for learning, and a deep need to inspire others, continues to push her creative work and Zenned Out business forward today.
Before Zenned Out, Cassie taught art in public schools. This time in public education enlightened her to how grossly undervalued art and creativity is in education today. It seemed insurmountable to make changes in the public education environment and continues to drives her passion to celebrate and support the arts and creativity.
Now, with others to help run Zenned Out, Cassie is focusing on her love of helping others find their way with their own creative work and talents. In such a saturated creative environment, she wants others to know that the world DOES need their unique voice and she is excited to share learnings on how to get your creative products out there, then how to thrive from it.