Ooh shiny! Yoga inspired jewelry is bringing the traditional symbols and beads out of the yoga studio and into the wider world where it’s becoming a major trend. And it’s easy to see why when you check out the fabulous jewelry designers listed below. From mala beads for meditation, to pieces engraved with your favorite symbols and mantras to serve as inspiration and a reminder of your yogic principles, there’s a piece that’s perfect for your personality and your yoga practice.
- 1 The symbols
- 1.1 Om or AUM
- 1.2 Lotus (water lily)
- 1.3 Tree of Life
- 1.4 Mandala
- 1.5 Hamsa Hand
- 1.6 The Buddha
- 1.7 Chakras
- 1.8 Namaste
- 1.9 Yoga Inspired Jewelry Brands
- 1.10 MantraBand
- 1.11 Lovepray Jewelry
- 1.12 Silver and Sage Jewelry
- 1.13 Garden of Ohm
- 1.14 Subject II Change
- 1.15 Jewelry by Andrea
- 1.16 The Neshama Project
- 1.17 Prana Jewelry
- 1.18 Blooming Lotus Jewelry
All symbols carry hidden meaning and vibration. Many mystics from India have stated that each individual comes into contact with many kinds of universal forces when practising yoga with passion and sincerity. This connection can be facilitated and expressed by wearing yoga symbols.
Knowing more about the symbols makes it easier to chose a piece of yoga inspired jewelry for yourself or as a gift for someone special.
Incorporating yoga symbols into your practice can deepen your connection to the spiritual world and maximize the benefits of yoga and meditation.
Om or AUM
Often the first and last sound in your yoga class and defined as the sound of the universe, om is sacred to the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sanatana Dharma and Jainism. Linguists tell us that the West has a deep linguistic ancestry within the proto Indo-European languages and many believe that ‘amen’ in Judaism and Christianity is the OM mantra transformed as it traveled from the East, to the Middle East and then on to Europe.
OM is the primordial sound or word that was present at the moment of the creation of the universe. The original sound that contains all other sounds, all words, all languages and all mantras. And again we can see this similarity with Christianity
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”, King James Bible, John 1:1.
Om is a sacred 3. Most faiths have a trinity at their core and Hinduism which gave birth to Yoga is no exception. Om is written in ancient Sanskrit and the sound is made up of the 3 syllables A U and M.
According to scholars these three syllables can represent many things including
- the heavens, the earth and the underworld
- Brahma (creator god), Vishnu (sustainer god) and Shiva (destroyer god)
- the waking, the dreaming and the dreamless states
- the three Vedas, namely the Rigveda, Samaveda and Yajurveda
The sound made its first appearance in the Upanishads, which are a collection of sacred texts that inform Hinduism. One text The Mandukya Upanishad, with 12 verses, is entirely devoted to om, and begins
“Om is the imperishable word. Om is the universe, and this is the exposition of om. The past, the present, and the future, all that was, all that is, all that will be is om. Likewise, all else that may exist beyond the bounds of time, that too is om.”
Vaishvanara, the lower left curve or the bottom half of the ‘3’ is the waking state and represents the conscious mind which is focused outward on material objects and the outer world.
Taijasa, the “o” to the right of the center of the ‘3’ is the dreaming state, the active unconscious which is focused inward to the thoughts in the mind.
Prajna, the top curve of the ‘3’ is the causal plane of existence, the dreamless deep sleep state, deep meditation and latent unconsciousness.
Turiya, the dot above the upper curve represents, pure unity consciousness, Atma/Brahman Self. The ‘True Self’ in its purest consciousness where awareness of the world and of multiplicity is completely obliterated
Turiya, ‘the true self’, is separated from the other 3 states by the Nadi, a horizontal curve which means Sound. This is how Maya, the illusory world is transcended.
Together, these make the states of human awareness or consciousness
Lotus (water lily)
Several yoga poses have their own symbols and the lotus asana, one of the best for meditation, is perfectly reflected in the symbol of the lotus flower. The lotus flower symbolizes the potential to expand and bloom physically, mentally and spiritually.
Among its many meanings the lotus is a symbol of ‘spontaneous’ generation, and it also represents divine birth, spiritual development and creation itself. The bud of the lotus symbolizes spiritual potential.
A lotus has its roots in mud, at the bottom of streams and ponds, and because the lotus rises from unclean waters to bloom as a pure, uncontaminated flower, it is a symbol of purity and resurrection.
An individual’s consciousness on the path to enlightenment grows in spirit and then emerges from the impurities of unenlightened thinking in a way reminiscent of the lotus flowers growth and emergence from the unclean water.
The Mahayana sect of Buddhism maintains that all souls emerge from the beautiful lotus flower.
The lotus flower is one of the eight auspicious signs of Buddhism and Hinduism, with the eight-petaled lotus featured in Buddhist mandalas meaning cosmic harmony.
Buddhists compare the opening of the lotus flower petals to the unfolding of that which is divine within you.
Lord Brahma is said to have been born from the lotus that was growing out of the navel of Lord Vishnu. In Vedic scripture, the body of Lord Krishna, )an incarnation of Lord Vishnu), is described as being like a bluish new-grown lotus flower.
The Hindu Goddess Mahalakshmi is also represented by the lotus. She is the Goddess of success, prosperity and abundance.
Tree of Life
“There is an eternal tree called the Ashvattha, which has its roots above and its branches below,” so says the Katha Upanishad, a Hindu text which unveils the secrets of death. From yoga masters, shamans of Siberia, Persian priests, to the ancient Druids, and even the Vikings, all of the old religions knew this tree well. In Norse mythology the tree is called Yggdrasil and the Norse gods lived on one branch while mortals lived on another.
The tree of life connects the ground and our physical existence to the skies and the heavens. It unites all forms of life to mother earth and the universe. It represents faith and deep grounding as well as interconnectedness between all things.
In ancient Sanskrit Mandala means ‘circle’ and represents the Universe. The pattern within the mandala is balanced and harmonized, symbolizing how we are connected and part of the wider universe.
There are many types of mandalas in endless permutations of design, color and pattern and each has its own meaning. Mandalas can be used during meditation, this is called “mandala meditation”. By focusing on a mandala or visualizing one it can help absorb the mind in meditation, drawing attention inward and helping to elevate consciousness.
A useful technique is to place or hang a mandala in front of you and focus your eyes on the center. This will help draw you deeper into concentration and meditation
Although the hamsa hand is represented in many different faiths around the world, it is believed to have originated in the Ancient Middle East as a protective symbol for a Middle Eastern goddess.
The hamsa hand or ‘hand of fatima’ is believed to provide protection against the ‘evil eye’. The evil eye is an omen of bad luck, evil spirits, curses and negative energies. It can also simply be a look that is cast whereby harm or bad luck are wished upon another.
To wear the hamsa hand as an amulet or have it as an artifact in your home or environment is said to offer protection against the evil eye.
The hamsa should be displayed or worn with the fingers of the hand facing down to offer the proper protection, bring good luck and strength.
Buddha is a Sanskrit word that means ‘the awakened one.’ It represents Siddhartha, an Indian prince who gave up his throne, riches and golden lifestyle to look for the root of human suffering and the true meaning and happiness in life.
He apprenticed for years with religious prophets and went on a six-year journey to share his beliefs surrounding the true way to achieve real peace and fulfillment in life. The teaching of Siddhartha is known as the Dharma.
Buddha is represented in many different forms, including ones that symbolize protection, serenity or meditation, medicine and teaching.
Chakra means wheel, although, in yoga, chakras are the centers of the energetic body. There are seven major chakras, each with its own meaning, significance and responsibility for different physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of our being.
An individual traveling on the path of enlightenment, must balance these seven chakras to achieve harmony and peace their life. In yoga, each asana works to increase the flow of energy into a specific chakra and clear negative energy from it.
Namaste is an ancient Sanskrit greeting that is still used in India and Nepal. It is commonly used to welcome practitioners to a course and conclude the practice. It means the divine spirit within me recognizes and greets the divine spirit in you.
Yoga Inspired Jewelry Brands
Mantra Band sell one thing, mantra bands! The elegant bracelets are simple, slim and shiny and designed with meaningful messages that act as daily reminders to be optimistic, inspired and mindful. You can select from 80 positive mantras including “Namaste,” “Hakuna Matata,” “Be Present,” “Breathe”, “She Believed She Could”, and “Be The Change.” Mantra Bands are slim enough to be stacked meaning you can wear several at the same time and they’re fully adjustable to remain secure during your practice. Made in California, the bracelets are fashioned from hypoallergenic and tarnish-resistant stainless steel finished in silver, yellow gold or rose gold.
Lovepray Jewelry, offers expertly crafted handmade bracelets, necklaces and earrings that incorporate quality gemstones. Based in California this brand creates colorful chakra pieces, yoga symbols like OM, hamsa, peace and tree of life. As well as pieces featuring the deities Buddha, Shiva, Ganesh and Durga. Lovepray Jewelry also offer a men’s collection with earthy pieces for yogi-dudes. Lovepray is a brand with a more ethnic style and color palette.
Silver and Sage Jewelry
Based in the heart of Scottsdale Arizona, Silver & Sage Jewelry is the creation of Logan Mauldin. Logan spent her childhood accompanying her mom on jewelry buying trips all over the world and through her designs at Silver and Sage she still works with some of the same families of silversmiths she has known for over 25 years.
This unique jewelry boutique has allowed Logan to blend her passions for yoga, nature and travel, and as lead designer she creates simple, natural and beautiful jewelry designs. Silver & Sage designs are handmade from a carefully curated assortment of natural stones, organic elements and charms. The quality pieces are exquisitely made and look sensational.
Choose the intricately strung gemstone mala necklaces and bracelets for your meditation practise, or opt for a little shine with intricate sterling silver necklaces, cuff bracelets and bangles and earrings.
The pieces are elegantly designed with high-quality gemstones and for such unique and lovely pieces the prices are surprisingly affordable. Silver and Sage are a sophisticated yoga inspired jewelry brand.
Garden of Ohm
California based Garden of Ohm offer jewelry pieces that serve as reminders to be strong, graceful and imaginative (among many other mantras). With bold hand stamped messages on copper and aluminum bracelets and striking colorful yoga charm necklaces you’ll be reminded to maintain balance in your life and be true to yourself.
If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, you can request a consultation and work with the designer Anne Manyak directly to create your perfect piece. Anne says that she doesn’t plan or sketch her designs or match her gemstones to a color chart or to standardized design elements. She says that when she works with gemstones her stones tell her whether they should be with another stone or a particular metal. They’ll let her know if it’s a harmonious combination or not. And, once a piece is completed the gemstones will let her know what type of energy the final piece carries. Totally mystical and lovely!
Subject II Change
Subject II Change is a Canadian jewelry studio with a diverse jewelry collection. The pieces are inspired by popular culture and they represent the constantly changing world we live in. Each piece is truly unique and you’ll stand out from the crowd when you wear these designs. For your meditation practice, the Rudraksha Mala is made with genuine gemstones and a number of tassel colors to match your style. The stackable gemstone Nirvana Bracelets can be mixed and matched, allowing you to find the perfect stone combination to align your chakras. The delicate Sterling Silver Buddha and Antique brass Elephant Necklace represent ancient symbols with a modern twist.
Jewelry by Andrea
Andrea Kelly hand crafts many pieces from her home studio in Calgary, and has recently started having custom designs made through Fair Trade in countries such as Nepal, Bali and India. This has opened up new options such as having her stones cut and colored and has enabled Andrea to create her stunning Capri Collection featuring vivid peacock blues. Jewelry by Andrea, offers one-of-a-kind and limited edition OM and Buddha pieces with an eclectic style. Andrea’s creative process takes place after a calming yoga practice, when she makes each earring, yoga medallion necklace, yoga bracelet and mala in the collection by hand. Choose from pieces like the Aquamarine Tree of Life Silver Necklace, or sterling silver tree pose, or double lotus yoga necklaces, each of which is presented in a keepsake jewelry pouch. Each piece is inspired by symbols and intentions and created to connect you to your mindful journey.
The Neshama Project
Neshama means soul. Yoga teacher Rachelle Tratt created The Neshama Project, a jewelry line that fuses philanthropy with meaningful hamsa necklaces and other delicate pieces. Made with intention in California with incredible stones from Israel, each hamsa (hand of god) necklace is made with an iridescent opal stone hamsa, on a chain in your choice of metal. These conversation pieces spread the message of hope and soul, with a portion of the proceeds from each purchase going to either the Innovation Africa or Zeno Mountain Farm charities.
Prana Jewelry is Inspirational Yoga Jewelry. Their handcrafted Artisan, and Yoga Jewelry blends ancient spiritual symbols, with healing and transforming precious & semi precious gemstones, creating stunning and unique Inspirational Jewelry. The collection incorporates authentic pieces from artisans across the globe. Each meaningful piece is handmade in their studio with quality silver, vermeil and gold. They have a huge selection of pieces to choose from and you can shop by gemstone, meaningful symbol or intention. This jewelry looks high end but the price tags will make you very happy.
Blooming Lotus Jewelry
“Blooming Lotus is all about the free-spirited soul who loves to travel, do yoga, be in nature and walk her own path.”
Founder and Designer Jennifer Ciraulo says you should wear your intention and be inspired to manifest your dreams. Jennifer is a self taught jewelry designer and hand knots each mala and hand stamps each intention, imbuing your jewelry with some lovely vibrations.
Blooming Lotus carries a full range of bracelet malas, necklaces and custom jewelry designed to match your personality and your wardrobe.
Jennifer worked for ten years as a pediatric occupational therapist and five percent of all of her jewelry proceeds are donated to charities for children who have special needs.
Find personalized gold or silver mantra bar and coin bracelets and necklaces, 108 bead malas with gemstone pendants, moon dust (Druzy) rings, symbol jewelry and much more. Blooming Lotus is well worth a visit.