Artist Spotlight — Robert Sturman: The People’s Yoga

The People's Yoga 2019 wall calendar

Image from The People’s Yoga 2019 wall calendar featuring photographs by Robert Sturman. Click for more info.

To celebrate Yoga Day, we’d like to introduce you to a new member of our family of contributing artists and his gorgeous new wall calendar — The People’s Yoga.

Experience the global connection of yoga in these striking photographs that highlight the serenity of stillness within the hustle, bustle, and grit of modern living. Dedicated yoga practitioner and photographer Robert Sturman captures everyday people and yogis from around the world in dynamic moments of this ancient practice. A woman stretching into Scorpion pose in Manhattan; a group of musicians paused in Standing Backbend in Bulgaria; and a police officer meditating in uniform before a Ganesha mural in Venice Beach, California, are just a few of these portraits of quiet strength and everyday life.

Robert Sturman
Location: New York City
Pose: Bakasana – Press Float Back
Photo by Mamaste

Sturman finds great inspiration for the creative spirit within his own practice that allows him to focus on finding beauty everywhere. Through his images, he strives to encourage all of us — at any time and in any place — to experience the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of yoga and to enjoy the diverse beauty found in the moment.

His stunning repertoire runs the gamut: yogis perched on rocks jutting out of the Pacific Ocean; African orphans practicing yoga in Kenya; breast cancer survivors, bare-chested and scarred. Sturman has also worked extensively with war veterans who have embraced yoga as a way to help heal PTSD and to try to change the heartbreaking statistics of veteran suicides.

Sturman’s honors include Official Artist of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing America, and Official Artist of the 2007 United States Olympic team. In 2012 and 2013 he was the subject of two separate New York Times articles celebrating his photographs of yoga practiced around the world.

For more information and to see more of his wonderful photographs, please visit his website. and follow him on Instagram.

More About International Day of Yoga

The word yoga derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. International Day of Yoga, or commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on June 21st since its inception in 2015. An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice originated in Bharat or India. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested the date of June 21st, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.

The theme for the 2018 celebration, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, is “Yoga for Peace.”


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — June 2018 — Free to Download

June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the second of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the third of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. June was named either for Juniores, the lower branch of the Roman Senate, or for Juno, the wife of Jupiter, a Roman god.
Flower: Rose
Birthstone: Pearl

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
5 – World Environment Day
11 – Lailatul Qadr (Islamic)
12 – Loving Day
14 – Flag Day
15 – Eid al-Fitr (Islamic)
17 – Father’s Day
19 – Juneteenth
20 – World Refugee Day
21 – Summer Solstice
24 – St. Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)

See download tips and system instructions below:

Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

Note: Desktop wallpaper calendars are free for personal use only.


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Celebrating 30 Years — Amber Lotus Publishing

Amber Lotus Publishing is turning 30 this year. To celebrate, we thought we’d share a few stories from the people behind the scenes, starting with Creative Director Leslie Gignilliat-Day and her husband, Lawson Day, who purchased Amber Lotus in January 2000.

A Little Bit of History from the Owners of Amber Lotus Publishing

Leslie and Lawson

Lawson and I were living in New York City where he was an investment banker with Chase Manhattan Bank and I was a graphic designer with my own studio. One day he came home and announced that he wanted out of the banking business. That moment of self-determination took us through several twists and turns and led to the discovery of a boutique publishing company that was for sale. Long story short, we purchased Amber Lotus and moved to San Francisco to take over the reins. Lawson’s role was to run the management side of the business while mine was to run the product design and manufacturing side.

For Lawson, one of the many attractions of ALP was the editorial content. “Mr. Banker” was a voracious reader of Eastern spirituality and considered himself a student of Taoism and Buddhism. As a designer, I was excited to create beautiful products, but the editorial content­—Eastern spirituality—was a complete unknown to me. And so for me began a wondrous mind- and heart- expanding education in the great wisdom teachings of the world.

Being a business owner is not for the faint of heart. Long hours and unrelenting responsibilities are your constant companions. But at the same time, the fulfillment of owning your own business—the self-determination, the creative inspiration, the nurturing and growing of something that you value—is the reward and fuel that carries you ever onward.

Today, in recognition of Amber Lotus’s 30 years of existence, I am profoundly grateful for all that has transpired since that fated day when Lawson’s desire to leave his “known” changed the direction of our lives. And lastly, a word for the amazing, talented, dedicated, and generally terrific people we work with—staff and contributors, both past and present: I can only say we could not have done any of this without you. We love you. We are blessed.


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Loving Day — June 12

Image from our Feathered Friends 2019 wall calendar featuring artwork by Gennine Zlatkis. Click for more info.

We believe that love always wins. It might take patience, courage, and tenacity… but love is what unites us. Loving Day, celebrated on June 12, is a wonderful day to reflect on the power of love. Here’s a bit more about this special day excerpted from lovingday.org:

The Loving Day name comes from Loving v. Virginia (1967), the landmark Supreme Court decision that declared all laws against interracial marriage unconstitutional in the United States. We found it quite perfect that a couple named Richard and Mildred Loving won their right to marry, and we know a good thing when we see it. So, Loving Day refers to two kinds of loving: the couple in the Supreme Court case, and the original definition of loving.

Like the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Loving Day provides an annual opportunity for people to learn history’s lessons while envisioning ways to improve the future. However, Loving Day is not limited to a single annual event. It’s also an educational campaign that you can be a part of every day. We provide free and accessible educational resources all year long, many of which are available through the Loving Day website. We believe that education is a necessary part of promoting tolerance, awareness, and understanding.


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It’s Here… The Katie Daisy 2018 – 2019 Planner

Katie Daisy planner

We’re so excited to have the new Katie Daisy planner in stock. We adore Katie ❤ Her art is an inspiration to so many and we’re delighted to be part of sharing it. Read more about Katie and her process.


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — May 2018 — Free to Download

May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the third month to have 31 days. May is also the month with the shortest name.
Flower: Lily of the Valley and the common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), also known as “may blossom.”
Birthstone: Emerald

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Beltane (Pagan/Wiccan)
1 – Lailatul Bara’ah (Islamic)
1 – May Day
5 – Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)
10 – Ascension (Christian)
13 – Mother’s Day
16 – Ramadan Begins (Islamic)
17 – Ascension (Orthodox Christian)
18 – Bike to Work Day
19 – Armed Forces Day
20 – Pentecost (Christian)
20 – Shavuot (Jewish)
21 – Victoria Day (Canada)
27 – Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)
28 – Memorial Day Observed
29 – Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)
29 – Saka Dawa (Tibetan Buddhist)

See download tips and system instructions below:

Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

Note: Desktop wallpaper calendars are free for personal use only.


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National Library Week — Celebrating 60 Years

We ❤ libraries! How about you?

This week is an opportunity for us to celebrate. Today, April 11, is even a special day dedicated to celebrating the bookmobile!

Here’s a bit more about this week from the American Library Association:

The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee’s goals were ambitious. They ranged from “encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time” to “improving incomes and health” and “developing strong and happy family life.”

In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!”

The 2018 theme is “Libraries Lead.” Visit the ALA website to learn more about celebrations in your area.


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — April 2018 — Free to Download

April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, the fifth in the early Julian and the first month to have the length of 30 days. April is also National Poetry Month.
Flower: Daisy or Sweet Pea
Birthstone: Diamond

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – April Fools’ Day
1 – Easter (Christian)
1 – Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
2 – Easter Monday (Canada)
8 – Pascha (Orthodox Christian)
12 – Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
13 – Isra/Mi’raj (Islamic)
22 – Earth Day
25 – ANZAC Day (Australia, New Zealand)
27 – Arbor Day
27 – Freedom Day (South Africa)
29 – Vesak (Buddhist)

See download tips and system instructions below:

Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

Note: Desktop wallpaper calendars are free for personal use only.


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