A union of two committed yogis led to the creation of an enterprise dedicated to the hand-made production of meditation Malas and bracelets.
With Caroline’s life-long passion for semi-precious gemstones and Asha’s holistic knowledge and business background, in 2017 it seemed like the perfect starting point for Bead A Moment to launch.
Their collections include beautiful handmade mala necklaces and bracelets plus they offer a “made to meditate” service, creating custom made pieces to your specifications in respect of colour, meaning or healing properties.
With over 60 years’ experience in the world of Yoga, and in particular the philosophy behind this ancient practice, they are both of the view that in an ideal world it would be beneficial if everybody were to carry with them at all times some semi-precious stones, to act as a constant reminder of their personal intentions.
Pull up a chair, kick up your feet, grab your cup, and enjoy!
Why has your company chosen to support our global campaign Yoga Stops Traffick?
The impact Odanadi has made on its community is outstanding. We have been following the stories for a while now and are humbled and inspired by the amazing work that Odanadi provides for the community, indeed the world. We feel it is vital to raise awareness around the trafficking of women and children. Yoga Stops Traffick essentially practices “yoga off the mat” and that’s something we very much live by.
What is your role within the company?
We (Caroline and Asha) are both co-owners of Bead A Moment. From different parts of the world, with different backgrounds living as expats in Qatar.
What does your typical ‘work day’ look like?
We actually don’t have a typical work day! Which is the great thing about our day to day work. Some days we are working new designs, other days discussing philosophy and wellness and what it means to us and translating that into our pieces. We want our pieces to allow our clients to refocus their intentions, to ignore distractions and realise their true ambitions.
How did you come to the practice of yoga?
We both found the practice in our twenties (different decades and different times for both of us!). While we both came to the practice for different reasons, we have found over time our purpose to come onto the mat has changed and has allowed us to deepen our practice.
What impact has regular yoga had on your mind & body?
Yoga helps ground us, and alleviates the stress of life overseas. It has been the one constant in our lives, always offering a chance to self-reflect, we very quickly notice the effects on our mental state and general well being if for whatever reason we haven’t managed to practice.
Which is your favourite yoga pose?
Depends on the day! There are days when we just want to be in child’s pose, and others where we feel the need to stretch out and be in pigeon! Poses are just the shape, it’s really about the breath and how we can connect and move with it.
How else do you practice ‘self care’ in your life?
It is difficult for Asha with two young children to find much time for selfcare! The mat is always available if only for 5 minutes. Caroline turns to her her mat and her dogs. She takes off walking wherever she is based.
Who/What has been your biggest inspiration?
There’s no one thing or person that inspires us – we meet so many people and hear their stories, those are our biggest inspiration.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing the global yoga community?
Social media and the perception of seeking a perfect image/pose. Yoga is the union of the mind and body, it should be accessible for all regardless of their age, gender, nationality etc.
What’s on the horizon for your company?
So much! We travelled late last year to Italy to work with jewellery designers and we are now in the final stages of launching our new pieces. We also recently launched our website and soon our pieces will be available globally. We are very excited about this!
What message would you like to give to everyone taking part in Yoga Stops Traffick 2020?
We are stronger together. Thank you everyone who is taking part in this special event!