Anaya infuses Ayurveda philosophies into your modern lifestyle starting at home. The foundation of Anaya started with a close friendship spanning over a decade.
Our founder Jenna was working as a Senior Designer at a fashion company when she met Manju- a very special woman with an incredible life story. Throughout the years of their friendship, Manju shared with Jenna her love for her home country of India, passion for Indian artisans and culture from fashion to food to Ayurveda wellness. Manju became Jenna's mentor, good friend and the inspiration behind Anaya.
"There's a level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that you will only find in India. No computer technology can replicate the level of handmade artistry that has been passed down by each family for thousands of years. The talent is unimaginable and the people are so peaceful and friendly. We intend to showcase India's artistry and apply ancient Ayurveda philosophies to a modern lifestyle starting at home."
The Anaya Journey Through India
Jaipur is known as the Pink City, which comes from the terracotta color of the buildings. The historical reason for the uniform color of central Jaipur lies with the absolute power of the Maharaja (Sawai Ram Singh) over his capital and his extreme strategy to impress Prince Albert during the Prince's 1876 tour of India. The Maharaja of Jaipur was one of the richest and most powerful men in India and he impressed the British court like none other.
In Jaipur, you will find the most beautiful and intricate handicrafts. Wood blocking, wood carving, intricate embroideries, blue pottery, mesmerizing handwoven carpets and stunning jewelry.
Anaya's marble platters and kitchenware are all made in Agra,the same city of the Taj Mahal. The Taj was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. He commissioned 20,000 of the most skilled artisans all around India to build this structure using white marble inlayed with semi precious stones. The skills of these artisans were passed down through each generation. Take a close look at the Anaya Hand Carved Elephants. There's a baby elephant carved into the stone with no seam- only a skill you can find from the descendants who built the Taj Mahal. We were lucky enough to witness sunrise at the Taj on a cool spring morning. The color of the structure itself changes as it reflects the bright rising Indian sun.
The Anaya Team took a break amidst the colorful Holi celebrations and spent the weekend in Udaipur, the City of Lakes. Udaipur is known for its historic forts, lake palaces and mountain views. The fairy tale picturesque views make Udaipur a must see destination.
Ayurveda & Home
Anaya is a resource for artisan design and a destination where wellness and home come together to balance the mind, body and soul. We infuse Ayurveda practices into modern living, starting with thoughtful design at home.
Josephine, Ayurveda Health & Lifestyle Counselor
Josephine’s holistic training in Ayurvedic lifestyle coaching includes the use of herbs for health and well being. Josephine has a certification in Ayurvedic studies & Herbalism from the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.
Being a lifelong learner and teacher, Josephine shares ancient practices of Ayurveda with her two daughters Jenna and Jillian which they infuse into their modern lifestyle through Anaya. The 3 women work together to create food and drink recipes infusing Ayurvedic herbs + spices which they share on our blog and social media.
Jillian, Chef de cuisine
Jillian was born and raised in the heart of Massachusetts along with her sister,Jenna. She had the quintessential New England childhood of growing up near rolling hills of apple orchards and farms and summering on the scenic beaches of the Atlantic coast. The northeastern terroir and seasons contributed to her passion for creative cooking, local farmers, and design.Jillian is the Chef de Cuisine for Rye Tavern in Plymouth MA, writes for EdibleSouth Shore & South coast (a James Beard award winning publication) and is a mother to her 6 year old daughter Rhiannon who is a self-proclaimed Anaya designer in training.