November 25, 2012

Gift Guide for the Yogi: Gifts that are Handmade, Eco-conscious & Made with Love. ~ Lauren Saraswati Zavlunov

Photo: Mickey Johnson

As the holidays approach, many of us are beginning to seek special gifts for friends, loved ones, yoga teachers and family.

I compiled a list of some of my favorite shops that offer unique and beautiful items that are crafted by hand. All are sure to offer a happy alternative to shopping in large stores and patronizing large corporations. Enjoy supporting small women-owned businesses, families and downright awesomely creative people!


Gold Hand Mudra Charm and Lapis Necklace

>>Faith Marcus Designs

Faith Marcus’ items are wearable art handmade in her Manhattan Beach, California, studio. Inspiration is drawn from ancient history, yoga, metaphysics and healing.








You can find a bolster that suits your needs and pleases the eye, choosing from eight colorful fabrics.

>>Inner Space Yoga

Angela of Inner Space Yoga creates gorgeous yoga props, from durable bolsters and zafus to relaxing cotton or silk eye pillows. She uses vibrant, detailed fabrics and locally sourced materials.






Carnet Vera Journal

>>Sabbio: Du haut de mon Cannelier

You will find a rich feminine vibe at Sabbio’s “Cinnamon Tree.” Playing on the themes of ancient goddesses, nature, motherhood and the sacred feminine, her artwork is earthy and ethereal. Sabbio has a series of paintings dedicated to utilizing eco-friendly paint and materials.

Even if you aren’t looking for a piece of art for your wall, she has a collection of intricate and beautiful jewelry, mirrors, journals and bookmarks as well. Based in France, she is bilingual and can assist her clients in designing custom pieces. Direct purchases and commissions can be made through email or her professional Facebook page.


Copper and Gemstone Yoga Cufflet

>>Heidi Lee Design

Heidi is a talented metalsmith offering a plethora of different items, from custom pieces and bangles to personalized money clips and cuffs. You will find designs inspired by bohemian style, nature and yoga.






I love their Earth Day Trio Set, packaged in a reusable jute bag!

>>Piccolo Paradiso

Piccolo Paradiso, or “Little Paradise,” offers luxury bath and body products including artisan soaps, lip balms, lotions and other potions. All are handmade using fine essential oils, herbs, fruits and vegetable pigments. 80 percent of their products are vegan and none contain parabens, sulfites or other harmful additives.






Custom Blend Candles

>>Lux Aromatica

Handcrafted candles designed to stand up to the heat of Hot Yoga! These candles are eco-conscious and their production is carefully researched to ensure sustainability. You can even create a custom candle for your yoga studio needs!





Flowering Om Organic Women’s T-shirt

>>Rotem Gear

All designs come from the creative mind of R. Jean Roth. Vibrant pop culture tees reflect her unique style and multicultural background. Love her eco-friendly organic options!







Amritika’s Ambrosia Earrings

>>Swati Jr* Jewelry

Dazzling Goddess-inspired jewelry to celebrate the Divine Feminine! Brass, gemstones and natural materials are used in designs that awaken the true Goddess within. A percentage of profits go to Swati’s favorite organizations.



Cheetah Print Wood Mala

>>Shanti Presence

The shop description reads: “Unique malas for rebellious yogis and spiritual rockstars.” Need I say more? Beautiful one-of-a-kind malas and bracelets that challenge the traditional.




My favorite is her Angel Caller Maternity Necklace: perfect for the mama-to-be.

>>Sari Blue

Combine the power of the evil eye, eco-friendly glass and a bohemian twist and you get Sari Blue! All Sari Blue’s jewelry is inspired by the protective energy of the evil eye. Her pieces are created from recycled glass beads and a majority of their components are eco-friendly.








Lauren Saraswati Zavlunov is a mother, aspiring yogini, professional musician and owner of the online boutique Jewels of Saraswati. Lauren’s specialty is creating customized hand-knotted malas and yoga jewelry. She works closely with her clients on each mala design to help them manifest their unique spiritual and aesthetic visions. Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.



Editor: Jayleigh Lewis

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