The Book of Symbols: Ganesha

Ganesha is a symbol often incorporated in Satya’s collections. Ganesha depicts a man with a round belly and elephant head widely found in India and Nepal. Some Hindu sects worship him as a deity, and some Buddhists as well; there’s even a Ganesh museum in Thailand and a festival in India.

Ganesha is a multifaceted symbol. At his base, Ganesha represents success; he is the remover of spiritual and physical obstacles. He is also known as the Lord of Beginnings (which is where most people find themselves when obstacles are removed!) Some believe that he clears the way for travelers, and buddhists associate him with learning, intellect and wisdom. There are hundreds of fables, which stress his love of intelligence and learning and emphasizing change.

Ganesha has one tusk, and there are many theories as to why he only has one tusk. Some say that the tusk was broken off in the pursuit of knowledge so that he could use it to transcribe scriptures and others connect the loss of the tusk to great battles and even to throw at the moon. His large elephantine head symbolizes thinking big, and usually features small eyes for concentration. Ganesha always features a big belly-to digest the good and bad in life.

The contrast between the large ears and small mouth isn’t just about the physical aspects of an elephant-wisdom shows that if you listen more and talk less it is the path to learning. You may have seen pictures of an elephant with four arms, that’s definitely Ganesh! His arms traditionally holding candy, a rope (or a noose!) an axe and his missing tusk. Although it varies, he could be holding a water lily, or having his hand in the form of protection, or a hamsa. Don’t worry about the noose though-it’s not an obstacle, but usually is meant to show that earthly desires can get a hold of you.

You will find that in terms of art, Ganesha has more illustrations, tattoos and works of art than any other Hindu deity, and it’s because of these distinctive characteristics that make him such an iconic figure and offer such variety. Many of the people who worship him pay special respect before starting something new-from a new business venture to day to day work.  Ganesha is supposed to be a fun loving god-you can find Ganesh festivals everywhere, the most widely known in Pune and Mumbai that attracts people from all over the world.

If you’d like to incorporate Ganesha jewelry into your everyday wear, we have a few picks for yogis, travelers and the success-seeking alike:

Yoginis who practice Kundalini might choose a bracelet with Ganesha to center their base chakra-which is where they believe Ganesha resides.  With red is the color of the first chakra, a carnelian tapas bracelet is a perfect choice.

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Traveling and want to make sure that you don’t hit any obstacles? Try the pretty Gold Ganesha Pendant, which can dress up an outfit but also looks good with a beachy dress and flip flops.

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And if you’d like to keep success into your day-to-day life for 2014, try our Ganesha Necklace featuring Jasper gemstones, combining neutral earth tones and hopefully helping in the removal of obstacles!

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Natural Beauty Brands We Love

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We’re a big fan of PRATIMA’s Ayurvedic line of skincare, made using 100% herbs, roots, flowers, fruits, plants and minerals from the earth – and formulated by Dr. Pratima Raichur, an expert chemist, botanist and Ayurvedic physician.

For these overheated winter days, their Rejuvenating Pearl Cream incorporates pearl shell works wonders. Crushed pearl shells work to nourish tissue and soothe the skin, and also gives you a celestial radiance. As featured in Elle and Self.

MBEZE

mbeze deodoretteOne of MBEZE’s most-popular products, the unassuming little Deodorette makes us particularly thankful – especially on those mornings that you somehow forget to put on deodorant or when you’re dancing up a storm and want to make sure that you smell like Cucumber, Jasmine and Mint Tea rather than eau de dance floor. With eight different scents, there’s an option for everyone (and unscented for those of you who are sensitive to perfume. And of course it’s made with all natural and organic ingredients. Good for you, good for the environment and good for the noses of the people who you are close with!

MBEZE founder Mary Beth Worzella hit upon the Deodorette idea after years spent wishing she had a deodorant small enough to carry on the go, and that incorporated natural ingredients. MBEZE has since expanded to other natural beauty products including a much-loved complexion oil, body mist and other cosmetics.

Lotus Love Beauty
Lotus Love Beauty Soaps

A 100% vegan line of bath salts, soaps, body oils, lotions and candles, Lotus Love Beauty is created by combining Ayurvedic principles, aromatherapy and yogic philosophies.

Their product line is themed by collections: Pritti, representing love is made of jasmine and rose; Shakti, representing energy, uses verbena and coconut; Surya, representing sunrise is made with hibiscus and marigold; Moksha, representing liberation is made with sandalwood and incense, and Ananda, representing bliss, is made from citrus and saffron.

Start your new year out right with elements of the Moksha collection for a liberating 2014. We’re fans of their Beauty Bars, which are 100% vegan and never tested on animals.

NAMA
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Hate those yoga mat sanitizing sprays, but don’t know else to do with your not-so-nice mat? Enter NAMA, a line of personal care products to support and enhance the practice of yoga and to fit a yoga-inspired lifestyle. NAMA’s Hand & Mat Sanitizer is paraben free, like all of NAMA’s products, and comes in two handy sizes. A simple combo of alcohol, essential oils, aloe and green tea extracts combine to kill 99% of germs.

Two principles drive the NAMA line of products: their products “harness the goodness of the natural world”, leveraging ingredients ranging from aloe to litchi to galanga root, and are “guided by namaste”, which for NAMA means openness, honesty and authenticity in what their products say they do.

Best of all: through December 20th, for every purchase of $100 on our website, you’ll be able to select a product from MBEZE, PRATIMA, Lotus Love Beauty and Nama in our holiday gift suite!

The Perfect Gift for Your Man

MainImageI don’t know about you, but shopping for men is always the hardest part of my holiday gift prep. I mean, come on – there are only so many ties I can give!  So for this upcoming holiday, give the men in your life something meaningful, and something that’s not a tie (or a pair of socks, or boxers).

Look no further with Satya’s Men’s Collection.  Not only are there several different pieces, almost all of them are under $100!  Symbolic rings, necklaces and bracelets give your man the opportunity to bring with him the power of positivity and protection.

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Our colorfully beaded bracelets and long silver necklaces will add inspiration to any outfit.  Need something smaller? Our rings are the perfect fit. Featuring the Hamsa or the Ganesha and crafted with sterling silver, they compliment any man on any occasion.  The simplicity of the design and the smooth silver band make it the best accessory.

Each piece carries a masculine edge that empowers and inspires the wearer, making these pieces suitable for any type of man.  Fear not – let us help you with all of your gifting needs!

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De-Stress With Yoga This Holiday Season

malaHolidays are a time to spend with friends and family, reflecting on the lovely blessings life has to offer – but let’s face it, they can be stressful too!  Whether it be tons of family members to cook for, houses to clean, or children running around, sometimes we just need some time to decompress and clear our minds.

At Satya Jewelry, we strongly believe in the clarity and positivity yoga has to offer.  Besides being the perfect way to ground yourself during the holiday craze, yoga has innumerable advantages.

Reason 1: Stress Reducer

By focusing on the moment at hand, yoga soothes the mind and forces you into the present.  Distractions and stressors are pushed aside, lowering anxiety and granting you relief.

Reason 2:  Attentiveness & Clarity

Strongly due to the breathing exercises involved in yoga, awareness and concentration abilities intensify.  You will find yourself being able to focus on projects for longer periods of time. Prioritizing becomes easier, and you have a greater ability to view things from a more logical standpoint.

Reason 4: Sleep

Life (and the holiday rush!) can be pretty hectic, so sleep may be hard to come by – but setting aside time for yoga can remedy this.  Your muscles relax and your mind becomes less muddled, making sleep easier and more welcoming.

Reason 5: Physical Benefits

The physical benefits that accompany yoga are innumerable.  Posture improves, blood circulation improves, and respiratory functions stabilize.  You will find yourself getting fewer colds and an overall immunity boost – which will be handy during this cold winter!

Reason 6: Mind and Body Connection

Despite the various types of yoga, they all have one thing in common: creating a stronger mind to body relationship.  Yoga is all about increasing internal communication, and in turn, you become more aware of yourself.  Being in tune with your body’s requirements and attaining greater mental stability is a wonderful thing – now you can give you what you need, and be more relaxed doing it!

Dedicate an hour (or even thirty minutes) of your day to peaceful reflection – we promise you will see the difference!

Satya Jewelry and AIRE Ancient Baths

collabannouncementHere at Satya Jewelry we are incredibly pleased to announce our newest partnership with Aire Ancient Baths!  This Roman inspired luxury spa transports you to another world with its thermal baths, candlelit rooms, and unbelievable massages.

Relaxation and rejuvenation are key facets to a healthy life, and Aire’s treatments certainly help you achieve that.  The Tribeca spa mimics the ancient Roman and Greek practices of bathing, comprising of six different bath chambers with varying degrees of water temperature and steam.

aire-ancient-baths-alonso-balaguer-antic-colonial-porcelanosa-6Aire’s thermal bath treatment consists of a 90-minute session with your choice of baths: temperate (97 degrees Fahrenheit), hot (102 degrees Fahrenheit), and cold (61 degrees Fahrenheit), in addition to the Steam Room, Jet Bath, and Flotarium (salt water bath!).  It doesn’t stop there – Aire gives you the option of adding a regular or a four-handed synchronized  massage after your bath.  Does it get any better than that?!

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The answer is yes!  With incredible amenities and private rooms, you are able to sip on tea or water and rehydrate yourself while enjoying heated marble seating and showers after your service.

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We are so excited to be collaborating with this Manhattan oasis, and we cannot wait to surprise you with what’s in stock! 134924_494320017255319_454691368_o