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Ashi Box- A wonderful box filled with surprises!

C Pischel

You may have seen a number of subscription boxes geared toward yogis pop up over the last year or two.  I have tried a few out and most are filled with a variety of different products from lip balm to socks.  I came across a new box called Ashi Box on Instagram a couple of months ago.  The first box they were releasing was a Ganesh box.  As a lover of Ganesh I was intrigued to learn more about this new box and how it could possibly be different from other boxes I have purchased in the past.  I visited their website and this is what I found, "Ashi Box is a monthly yoga subscription box curated by a yoga practitioner and India lover. Each Ashi box is designed to deepen your holistic yoga practice, and will include yoga love, India love, and life love."

Interesting, this is more than just small sized products or a new type of tea? I had to learn more so I reached out to the owner Heather to introduce myself and learn more about the box contents.  Unfortunately at the time the Ganesh box had been shipped by the time I reached out but I learned a lot about Heather, he vision and mission to spread overall yoga love to the box subscribers.  Heather went to India to hand pick the items for her box.  Some items she even crafted herself.  Her love and passion is held within each box.  After a few emails we became friends and I asked about the Ganesh box and to my luck she had one left which I quickly purchased and I was not disappointed. 

The second box the Diwali Ashi Box focuses on the 5-day festival of lights.  I have outlined the contents of the box below and have included pictures (iPhone pictures so sorry for some of the quality). 

Here is a picture of the beautiful box with all of it's contents.  I felt like I was opening a surprise birthday present.  The smell of the box was delicious before I even opened it. 

Here is a picture of the beautiful box with all of it's contents.  I felt like I was opening a surprise birthday present.  The smell of the box was delicious before I even opened it. 

Here are two items.  An unscented soy candle from IlluminationStudios on Etsy.  They are located in seattle.  I love that she got the candle from a small company.  The Rangoli- inspired quilled candle holder is handmade in Colorado (yay for local businesses).  It is amazing and I can't even imagine how one would make it.  This is also from an Etsy seller ALatteJoy.  I burned the candle with the holder attached with my dancing Ganesh at home.  He enjoyed it. 

Here are two items.  An unscented soy candle from IlluminationStudios on Etsy.  They are located in seattle.  I love that she got the candle from a small company.

The Rangoli- inspired quilled candle holder is handmade in Colorado (yay for local businesses).  It is amazing and I can't even imagine how one would make it.  This is also from an Etsy seller ALatteJoy.  I burned the candle with the holder attached with my dancing Ganesh at home.  He enjoyed it. 

This is why the box smelled so good!  This pacha soap smells amazing!  For every bar purchased Pacha gives away a bar.  I haven't tried the soap yet, it is keeping my house smelling amazing though. 

This is why the box smelled so good!  This pacha soap smells amazing!  For every bar purchased Pacha gives away a bar.  I haven't tried the soap yet, it is keeping my house smelling amazing though. 

This Rudraksha and rose quartz mala bracelet is currently on my wrist.  It is handmade by Heather using Rudraksha seeds from India and Lakshmi inspired rose quartz.  I love it, and it is a bonus my favorite color is pink :)

This Rudraksha and rose quartz mala bracelet is currently on my wrist.  It is handmade by Heather using Rudraksha seeds from India and Lakshmi inspired rose quartz.  I love it, and it is a bonus my favorite color is pink :)

This Wei of Chocolate is organic with a touch of Himalayan sea salt.  It is a darker chocolate and very delicious.  I can't wait to get more. 

This Wei of Chocolate is organic with a touch of Himalayan sea salt.  It is a darker chocolate and very delicious.  I can't wait to get more. 

Brass Lakshmi Statue.  I have been looking for a brass Lakshimi statue for our Foursee Apparel table.  I have looked at several different places and although I have found several, none have spoke to me.  It was because this one was destined to be in my box.  It has attended two yoga events with me so far and I plan on taking it each time.  When it is not on our table it is with Ganesh on his alter at home.  Heather found this statue in India and fell in love with it.  She actually had to go to several different shops to find enough for the boxes.  I am lucky it came to me. 

Brass Lakshmi Statue.  I have been looking for a brass Lakshimi statue for our Foursee Apparel table.  I have looked at several different places and although I have found several, none have spoke to me.  It was because this one was destined to be in my box.  It has attended two yoga events with me so far and I plan on taking it each time.  When it is not on our table it is with Ganesh on his alter at home.  Heather found this statue in India and fell in love with it.  She actually had to go to several different shops to find enough for the boxes.  I am lucky it came to me. 

This is one of my favorite items from the box.  A Rangoli-inspired notebook.  This beautiful notebook is handmade in India from 100% recycled paper.  It is inspired by the intricate Rangoli designs created to welcome Lakshmi during Diwali.  I haven't decided what I will use it for yet but it will have to be something special. 

This is one of my favorite items from the box.  A Rangoli-inspired notebook.  This beautiful notebook is handmade in India from 100% recycled paper.  It is inspired by the intricate Rangoli designs created to welcome Lakshmi during Diwali.  I haven't decided what I will use it for yet but it will have to be something special. 

This is a recycled Varanasi silk Sari.  This beautiful sari is a vibrant pink color.  It is very lovely and smells like the Pacha soap. 

This is a recycled Varanasi silk Sari.  This beautiful sari is a vibrant pink color.  It is very lovely and smells like the Pacha soap. 

I love supporting small businesses and purchasing their items.  This box (and the prior one) are real gems and I hope this new business is around for a very long time.  If you want your own Ashi box visit their website www.ashibox.com

I am anxious to see what the other boxes have.  This is a box with a purpose, to enlighten, provide joy and to educate.  Please check them out. 

XOXO Christina

Change your perspective!

C Pischel

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I have a very calm disposition in my life.  Not many things get me rattled or upset.  I rarely cry (except for the 14 weeks in teacher training, or anything to do with my two boys) I usually have a good sense of my emotions and keep a positive outlook in most situations. There have been many times where something that some may consider “major” has occurred where I just think and say, it’s ok, not a big deal.  One example is when my Jeep was totaled from hail.  My husband was angry, very upset.  My though on the matter was, well it happens, the insurance will take care of it.  Not a big deal at all.  Sure I had to drive a rental car for weeks, but it really didn’t matter.  I try to stay happy and keep my head up and be a good example for the family.  I’m pretty good at it except for one emotion, control…

I like being in control of situations. I hate not knowing what is going to happen.  I have a really hard time not being able to control situations.  For the longest time (most of my life) I would stress out, feel anxious, and sometimes even sick when I was faced with a situation that I didn’t have full control over.  Why was this happening? What can I do to have the outcome be exactly what I want it to be? Why are we faced with so many “difficult” situations in life that we have no power over? How can I change that persons mind to see things my way (haha).

It may seem silly but my lack of control even impacts what I watch on tv (when we used to have time to watch tv).  I haven’t seen the last season of Breaking Bad because I don’t want to see anything bad happen.  I had to stop watching the Walking Dead because the writers take it too far and main characters don’t make it.  I would rather not see it then have to feel the stress of it (see silly). 

We are faced with many things, on a daily basis that just happen.  We have to learn how to just be and live in all situations and trust that although we may not be able to control the situation we can control our thoughts and stress over the situation.  I came to realize, if I can’t control it, I need to be ok with it.  The negative thoughts/feelings that came with the lack of control were poison.  I had to learn to just let go and treat it like every other situation, its ok, and it will be ok and just move forward.  Flipping my perspective has made me a happier person.  Don’t worry about something you can’t control.  Just acknowledge the feelings you have and know they are not who you are, they are how you feel at the moment and try to move forward.  This is easier said than done and like everything needs to be practiced.  If you find yourself not being able to release the feelings, do something to physically take your mind off of it, yoga is a good choice, or go for a walk, and get upside down! 

My Teacher Training Journey at ONE Yoga

C Pischel

My Teacher Training Journey at ONE Yoga

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When I decided to take the journey to become a yoga teacher, I knew there was only one place I would explore.  Not only by the reputation of the studio but by a feeling I had within me.  A few months before I started teacher training I walked through the doors of ONE Yoga for the first time for an inversion workshop.  I felt welcomed from the moment I walked in and the workshop was better than I expected.  Not only is the studio beautiful, the entire atmosphere and everyone there made me want to come back. 

 

When I started teacher training I thought I would learn how to teach a flow and the correct alignment for postures.  Yes, that was true I did learn that, but I learned way more.  I learned about history, spirituality, how to take yoga off the mat and into my everyday life and so much more.  Even after the first couple weeks I found myself looking at the world very differently.  I heard the birds with new ears, I saw the flowers and the sky with much more open eyes.  The energy of everything around me was buzzing louder than I have ever noticed. 

 

Each week we had a different lecture, and after each one I felt grateful to have been able to experience and learn the gift of what the teacher have given to me.  Within the walls of ONE Yoga I experienced and felt things I never thought or even dreamed of experiencing.  Many things I never knew existed. 

 

I’m not going to lie, the 14-week 200-hour training was pretty intense.  I went through every emotion, happiness, anxiety, joy, stress, exhaustion and I have never cried that much in my adult life.  It was intense but 100% worth it.  After graduation it was difficult knowing I would no longer be with my new family as much as I had been and I still miss it. We all had grown so much together and experienced so many things together, it was sad for it to be over.   

 

Now as I teach classes I incorporate as much as I have learned, not just from the flow aspect but even little gestures, which always makes me smile.  I have been given a gift and am anxious to share it.

 

To me yoga is my way of life, more than the fun inversions and arm balances, but how I breathe and share my life with others.  Thank you ONE Yoga for guiding me.