Ashi Box Subscription Box Review – October 2015
Ashi Box is a monthly yoga subscription box curated by a yoga practitioner and India lover. Each Ashi box is designed to deepen your holistic yoga practice and will include yoga love, India love, and life love.
Here’s a look inside the box.
The Subscription Box: Ashi Box
The Cost: $35 per month on a month-to-month plan. Shipping is $5 to the US and $15 to Canada.
Good to Know: You can skip shipments by logging into your account. You can also sometimes get ahold of past months’ boxes by contacting Ashi Box!
The Products: Yoga love (products and teachings that will support and deepen your yoga practice, such as a yoga book or strap), India love (teachings from India and unique findings procured in India such as a mala that’s been dipped in the Ganges or a brass statue), and Life love (life-enriching and joy-inducing products from smaller companies (such as organic teas or essential oils). Note: This box may occasionally contain some items of a religious nature such as statues of Hindu deities.
Ships to: US, Canada
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The October Ashi Box had two double-sided information cards in it. One card listed the items in the box and gave a bit of information on each.
Another side gave more information about the holiday of Diwali, the goddess Lakshmi, and some ways to celebrate Diwali.
There were also notes and photos of Lakshmi-inspired yoga poses. Wheel pose (the last one) is not currently part of my skill set but I am doing a round of P90X and hopefully that will build up my upper body strength so I can attempt wheel!
And finally, we have more information on Lakshmi, including a mantra and a meditation. And now on to the items!
Rangoli is a folk art from India that is often created during festivals such as Diwali. The candle holder is just the right size to put around the included candle. I really like the detail work and I’m glad they included a candle of the appropriate size for the holder! It’s a little bigger than a tealight and a little smaller than a votive.
Wei of Chocolate (2 chocolates) – Value $3
These were a Himalayan sea salt flavor and they were very good. Wei of Chocolate has its own subscription service, which is described in a little more detail in the included foldout card. You can also buy smaller tubes to see which flavor of chocolate is your favorite!
Brass Lakshmi Statue – Value $10 (?)
Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of spiritual and material wealth and prosperity. I’ve photographed this in my hand for size reference. The value is a complete guess as I am not sure of the original source of this statue and prices for such things online vary widely. I have given this a place in my yoga/exercise room where it will be safe from cats!
I have several rudraksha malas thanks to subscription boxes but I don’t have one quite like this yet. Rudraksha seeds are supposed to increase contentment and aid in meditation practice, and rose quartz is connected to the heart chakra. These rudraksha seeds are from India and have been dipped and blessed in the Ganges River.
Rangoli-Inspired Notebook – Value $10 (?)
This notebook (including the paper inside) is handmade in India. I am trying to think of something special to use it for. Again, the value is a total guess as I couldn’t find anything quite like this online.
Recycled Varanasi Silk Sari – Value $10 (?)
This is an “upcycled” piece of fabric from a silk sari. Pink is a color associated with Lakshmi. I have opted to use this for home decor as it is a bit too small to be a scarf and several of the edges are unfinished. But it looks very nice on top of a half-bookshelf with some of my collected items from India, Tibet, and Nepal on top.
Pacha Soap in “Pocket Full of Cozy” – Value $6
I wish I would’ve photographed this outside of the box because it is quite pretty and has lavender buds embedded in it. This is handmade in Nebraska and it smells wonderful.
Verdict: I calculated a value of a little over $70 for the October 2015 Ashi Box. Granted, some of the values for the items were complete guesses. But I certainly think the value is there, even if some of my estimates were incorrect. Plus, I think everything was thoughtfully curated and I loved that the box included some exclusive and/or hard-to-find items. I could also see the curator’s enthusiasm in the amount of written material that accompanied the box.
What do you think of the October 2015 Ashi Box? Do you subscribe to any yoga-inspired or India boxes?