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Do you love crystals as I do? If you’d like to learn more about them, how to care for them and how to use them, this episode is for you.

For today’s episode, I sat down with Pam Urbas and Andy Duchovnay. Pam is a Yin Yoga Teacher and Andy is an environmental advocate. Together, they are Spiritual Artists, Rockhounds, Sound Healers, and owners of The Indigo Sanctuary, an online source of hand-crafted and Reiki-infused products for yoga, home sanctuary, sound healing, gemstone healing, and meditation. They are lovers of nature and collect their gemstones and crystals themselves and their travels. They cut, shape, polish and incorporate them into spiritual artwork and malas. With that particular background, I thought it would be very interesting to sit down with them and talk about gemstones and crystals.

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1- We are all made of energy and are all vibrations. So are the gemstones. We, as humans can entrain our energy with the ones around us. The determination of the healing aspect of each stone has come from intuition and experimentation. And these findings have been validated through different cultures over time.

2- For empaths, it’s important to clear any new stones and to clear them every time you use them or wear them. In all cases though, trust yourself with what you need and follow their intuition on it.

3- Sage, sound healing, moonlight, and saltwater are all good ways to clear stones.

4- When picking a stone, take a few deep breaths, hold the stone, notice what it’s “saying” to you, how do you feel, if it aligns with what you’re looking for or in need of.

5- As a practice, you can clear the stones, hold them, use affirmations with them, meditate with them, wear them on you, use them in home decor, on an altar, and in beauty routines. You can also place them in plants. Create a relationship with a stone. Add them to any healing or personal practices.


  • What is the difference between gemstones and crystals?
  • What makes certain stones healing? Or what gives them particular properties? 
  • Do gemstones also carry energy from the rockhounds, and all the people that have handled them before they got to you?
  • Once we get new gemstones, how do we prepare them before using them?
  • What are some rituals we can use to clear stones?
  • What are some of the most common gemstones and their known effects?
  • The color of the chakras and the gemstones doesn’t always align, why is that?
  • Can you give an example of practice so we can use the gemstones?


Pam and Andy are Spiritual Artists, Rockhounds, Sound Healers, and Entrepreneurs and are the creators of The Indigo Sanctuary, an online source of hand-crafted, Reiki-infused, yoga, home sanctuary, sound healing, gemstone healing, and meditation products.

Pam is a Yoga Teacher, who focuses her practice on Yin Yoga. She has taught yoga in homeless shelters, nursing homes, senior centers, as well as in studios and gyms. Yin Yoga is a meditative practice that focuses on long holds of seated or reclined poses that work to unwind the body’s deeper layers of fascia. Each pose is usually held for 3-5 minutes.

Andy is an environmental advocate, having worked for the EPA for 30 years. Before then, he represented organic food producers and was involved with the US Organic Food Production Law of 1990.

They are both certified Nepali Sound Healers trained by Grand Master Shree in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pam and Andy have conducted Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra and singing bowl sound bath programs and conducted chakra balancing sessions throughout the Philadelphia area. 

They are lovers of nature and collect gemstones in their travels across the US. They cut, shape and polish these gemstones in their home lapidary studio and incorporate them into spiritual artwork and malas.

Pam and Andy travel extensively through Nepal and continue to work collaboratively with their business partners Jaki and Tulsi in Nepal. Pam and Andy believe in giving back, and they have established a scholarship program, which pays the tuition for two young girls in Nepal.

Website: www.theindigosanctuary.com (Coupon code 10% on their website: SpiritualArtist10)

Facebook: TheIndigoSanctuary

Instagram: @theindigosanctuary



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Hi, I'm Erika.
Your Yoga Teacher and Life Coach.

I have a passion for helping women in their personal growth, so they can feel that anything is possible in life. Blogging is one way I do that; another medium for me to share a more personal side of the whole journey. Self-Study, awareness, and inquiry are a big part of my path. Join me as I use my experiences as the base for the lessons I want to share. I write about what I know and what helps me, hoping that it will help you.

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