Goddess Within Ashi Box Unboxing

imageAbout the Goddess Within Ashi Box
This box was designed with two things in mind. The items included are almost all items you would take to the temple as offerings to the goddess. They are also items that you can use to adorn yourself and help bring out that inner goddess! We are each the physical embodiment of pure divinity, and if we look closely we can see that everything that exists in the goddess also exists within us. We are divine beings having this human experience – the divine is living through us, as us, complete with our unique personalities, opinions, perspectives and bodies. That means that this particular human experience can only be experienced through each one of us and our unique life. The Goddess Within Ashi Box included the following items:

Arm Band or Bracelet – The goddesses love to be adorned, whether with henna, makeup (eyeliner is a must!), or accessories. These gorgeous bands and bracelets are perfect to adorn your goddess self!

Henna – Mehndi is the process of painting patterns on the body with henna paste. To use, cut a tiny bit off the bottom of the tube; the smaller the hole, the finer your designs will be. While squeezing the tube, draw designs on hands, arms, feet or legs. Leave until dry (~20 mins), being careful not to touch anything, and then brush off the dried henna. The color will continue getting stronger for the first few hours, and will last anywhere from 3-10 days.

Henna Booklet of Designs – This great little booklet will provide inspiration for your Goddess mehndi designs!

Powder Bindis – More adornments! Goddesses also love to wear bindis, the dot of colored powder or sticker placed on the third eye. This pack also comes with tools for making bindi designs – dip the tool or your finger in the color and lightly place on the low forehead between the eyes. Traditionally, bindis are a sign of being married, but they are now also being used as decoration. To make it last longer rub a tiny bit of oil on the forehead first.

Youphoria Yoga Towel – Got a bit of goddess glow?! No worries, the Youphoria towel with its no slip, skidless, absorbent and machine washable capabilities will protect your yoga mat and improve your grip, while you continue being a goddess.

Facial Steamer – Relaxation is important for the goddess, and this organic herbal face steam will deeply cleanse while relaxing you down to your pores! Light Footsteps offers so many amazing botanical wellness products for the goddess within, so check out their website at http://www.lightfootsteps.com.

Recycled Varanasi Silk Sari – Every goddess needs silk in her life. Repurpose or use in your sacred space.

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Chaitra Navratri Day 9 – Siddhidatri

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Siddhidatri

On the 9th and final day of Navratri we celebrate the form of Durga as Siddhidatri. Siddhi means supernatural power and Datri means giver, so she’s the supreme goddess who fulfills all divine aspirations and provides knowledge to her devotees. Siddhidatri is seated on a lotus and is surrounded by both gods and demons worshipping her, as she is the goddess of all achievements, and the one that destroys ignorance. Siddhidatri is really one of the most glorious forms of Durga. With her grace, all wishes are fulfilled, and as she satisfies our desires, it’s also believed that after worshipping her, no desire will remain in the heart.

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Ardhnarishwar

Legend also says that after worshipping Siddhidatri, Lord Shiva was blessed with all 26 of her Siddhis. With her blessing, half of Shiva’s body became that of Maa Shakti (female form), and thus he became Ardhnarishwar.

Take a few minutes of silence on the final day of Navratri to give thanks and appreciation for all the blessings we are bestowed that live within us and all around us. Let your desired achievements be known, and give thanks for the super powers that you possess. The final devotion to Siddhidatri completes the Navratri festival! Jai Mata Di!

Goddess Within Ashi Box

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Today is the LAST DAY to order the Goddess Within Ashi Box at

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We’re dedicating April to the great Goddess – specifically to the Goddess within each of us. This box will celebrate the divine feminine that we all posses. It is inspired by the goddess holiday of Navratri, which starts on April 8. This box is not specific to Navratri or Durga, but is dedicated to the Goddess within us all. Join Ashi Box by 6:00pm Mountain Time on April 15th to receive the  Goddess Ashi Box. All boxes will be shipped on April 19th, so sign up now! If you have any questions, please contact us at info@ashibox.com.

Chaitra Navratri Day 8 – Mahagauri

The eighth day of Navratri is dedicated to Mahagauri. She is a beautiful form of Durga – equally radiant and compassionate. She’s adorned in pure white clothes, white ornaments and rides a white bull. She is said to have liberated the world from evil forces, and now has the powers of purifying the souls of her devotees and removing all of their sins. She helps improve our knowledge and has a calming effect on us. She is free from the attachments of the material world, and will also help us detach in order to remove suffering from our lives. She will lead us to the path of virtue and inner power.

Take a few minutes today to give thanks for the lighter aspects of our lives, for the things that come freely and easily. Then think about your relationships (to people, things, activities, habits) and see if there is anywhere you might be able to detach a bit. Ask Mahagauri to bless you with her grace in order for you to release and detach more easily in order to create more of what your soul desires.

Chaitra Navratri Day 7 – Kaalratri

IMG_0720The final three days of Navratri are dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess and grace behind knowledge, creativity and intuition. She lives in the space where creativity and inspiration arise, and she is the power behind us living and speaking our truth.

She is the goddess of creativity, more specifically writing and music. She’s the muse that removes our egos when we’re creating and gets us centered in the flow. Saraswati is always there to help us find the inspiration and creativity residing inside each one of us, and helps us to listen and trust our intuition.

In addition to Saraswati, we also celebrate the fierce aspect Durga today – Kalratri. Although Kalratri depicts the dark side of existence, she is also the power that creates chaos in order to destroy negativity. She removes ignorance and arrogance and brings light into the darkness. She is a source of courage who demolishes evil, eliminates terrors and suffering, and is always there to protect us. She teaches us that destruction is a necessary force that cannot be ignored, and reminds us that the other side of the destruction coin is creation. This knowledge and her grace can help us remain unattached to the material world, and realize the fullness and potential of our being.
Take a few minutes today to give thanks to Kalratri for her constant protection, and for showing us that destruction is just part of the process of transformation and creation. Ask for her protection and wisdom if you are suffering, fearful, or wondering why it seems that things are falling apart. Remember that with her grace, and the grace that already exists within you, clarity and strength and transformation are yours.

Chaitra Navratri Day 6 – Katyayani

On the 6th day of Navratri the goddess Katyayani is celebrated. She is recognized as having 3 eyes and 4 hands. In one hand she is holding a sword, in another she holds a lotus, and in her other two she performs gestures of protection and generous giving. Legend says there was a great sage named Katya who performed extreme penance to have Durga be born his daughter, thus she has the name Katyayani. She is a warrior aspect of Durga and likely Durga’s fiercest avatar, being the one that defeats the great demon Mahishasura.

In yoga and tantra traditions she is belongs to the sixth chakra (ajna chakra or third-eye), and can be invoked by concentrating on this point. She is a symbol of strength, knowledge, victory of good over evil and courage. She inspires devotees to face challenges and perceive the inherent strength within. She is also a goddess of love and can help anyone that desires love and marriage.

Although everyday of Navratri is dedicated to a different aspect of Durga, today is the last day of the three dedicated to Lakshmi. As the first three days were dedicated to Durga and her energy of action, the past three days have been dedicated to Lakshmi and her energy of love. To celebrate this last day of Lakshmi and Katyayani, take a few minutes of silence and focus on your third eye to see the inherent strength and love inside of you. Focus on how this love can expand within you and spread to those around you.