Monthly Archives: October 2011

PRATIMA Spa, our labor of love…

Did you know PRATIMA Ayurvedic Spa was the 1st day spa in NYC to be built in accordance with the guidelines of the U.S. Green Building Council? So many hours of work went in to creating such a space and not taking shortcuts – so what can we say, we’re proud! Pratima tells us that when she walks through the spa doors every morning, she feels like her life’s work has paid off. When she arrives at work, she quietly whispers to herself, ‘thank you’, as she sets her eyes on the beautiful space reflected before her…

Welcoming reception desk with refurbished wooden carving, reclaimed copper counter & eco-friendly light sculpture by artist Stephen White. — Interior Design by Tina Lai | Photo by Kenneth Willardt

Tranquil waiting area with seats made from hemp fabric adjacent to beautiful goddess Lakshmi. - Interior Design by Tina Lai | Photo by Kenneth Willardt

One of our massage rooms with reclaimed doors from an Indian temple. - Interior Design by Tina Lai | Photo by Kenneth Willardt

Our Rudraksha Massage Room outfitted with strands of copper-strung rudraksha beads, which are acknowledged in Indian medical and spiritual traditions to carry an electro-magnetic field and act as potent healers of the body, mind and spirit. — Interior Design by Tina Lai | Photo by Kenneth Willardt

Our Samadhi Room. Ease your spirits on our reclaimed settee with hemp fabrics. — Interior Design by Tina Lai | Photo by Kenneth Willardt

Our Samadhi Room. A place to unwind and meditate amidst reclaimed teak chairs, organic seasonal fruits, raw nuts and herbal teas. — at Interior Design by Tina Lai * Photo by Kenneth Willardt

Display shelves featuring our pure Ayurvedic skincare line with recyclable glass packaging and vegetable ink coated labels. - Interior Design by Tina Lai | Photo by Kenneth Willardt

Walls insulated with recycled cotton and coated in Natural Earth American Clay; light sculpture made from refurbished metals. — Interior Design by Tina Lai | Photo by Kenneth Willardt

Smile, you’re beautiful

Do you smile at yourself when you look in the mirror? So often without realizing it, our personal thoughts can be so critical and harsh. We are indeed our #1 judge. The first yama (rule or code) of the yoga sutras is known as ahimsa, which means refraining from causing pain to any living creature. This refers not only to physical violence, but also to the violence of words or thoughts. What we think about ourselves or others can be as powerful as any attempt to physically harm. Any sort of mastery of ahimsa begins with you. This is really what true beauty is. So go on, be brave, be kind, let it go, and smile…