CHENNAI: As I walk under color-coded garlands on the ceiling, the pleasant scent of lavender greets me on a Saturday afternoon at The Folly, Amethyst. The outside temperature feels like 40, but the sanctuary inside instantly heals my heat-frayed body and mind. Perhaps to this end, holistic healers and fortune tellers have been brought under one roof by The Magical Orb, founded by Priyanka Aditya Baid and Aaliiyaa H Jarriwala on their debut wellness popup, The Soul Sojourn. “Throughout the past year, Priyanka and I have held several sessions for our customers due to the pandemic. There is so much negativity in the air.
A unique event like this would give people holistic healing methods and therapies. The participants come from all parts of India. We also followed the safety protocols and limited the number of stands, ”said Aaliiyaa, a Chaldean numerologist. With 14 booths, the one-day event struck a good balance between healing sessions and retail therapy. The inauguration was chaired by Neerja Malik, motivational speaker; Vidya Singh, fitness expert; Apsara Reddy, politician; Khatija Rahman, social worker and Rinku Mecheri, founder, Chennai Volunteers. Aura scanning, palm reading, vastu, numerology, guided channeling, candle therapy … the popup examined a range of healing modalities.
Among others was the creative healer Vasusri Jhaver, who specializes in helping her clients use art for creative expression. “It is important to learn to untangle and nurture your inner artist in order to heal yourself. I emphasize art journal as it highlights the repressed emotions in people. I also believe in chakra painting for healing. If all seven chakras are not aligned in the body, there can be an imbalance in the body and mind, ”said Vasusri, who exhibited some chakra paintings, scribbled bookmarks, mandalas and handcrafted notebooks at her booth. She also hopes to raise money for raising children with her artwork through her Simply Peach initiative.
Other healers such as Divya Srinivasan, founder of Sacred Spaces with Divya, offered theta healing and tarot card reading sessions. Juhhi Baradwaj, a vastu healer and expert in gem therapy, guided visitors about the symbolic meaning of healing stones and objects. Life Coach and Healer Meenal Anand’s dice and shell reading sessions drew quite a lot. “It’s only been two months since we created The Magical Orb, but we’ve been able to connect with a lot of healers through social media. The healers present here are not well established but have a loyal clientele. We hope to bridge the gap between them and the people. This is just the beginning and the city will see more pop-ups like this, ”assured Aaliiyaa.
The pop-up’s retail corner offered deliberately curated cold-pressed oils, vegan delicacies, organic self-care, organic bed linen and clothing, healing jewels and therapy candles. B2S1, an organic brand, offered sorbets, teas, cold-pressed oils and hair care products. Aurv Organics presented a range of cosmetics and personal care products. Health-conscious customers enjoyed gluten-free delicacies and desserts from Healthylicious from Vandy’s and Mysuru. Such stays are welcomed from time to time to shed the meaning of pandemic-induced stress and restore the meaning of our existence.
At the event
The soul residence offered a good balance between healing sessions and retail therapy. Neerja Malik, motivational speaker; Vidya Singh, fitness expert; Apsara Reddy, politician; Khatija Rahman, social worker and
Rinku Mecheri, founder of Chennai Volunteers, opened the event.
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