On November 3, 2017, Retro 51 introduced the Tornado Yoga Edition - a pair of new Tornado models with a yoga theme. One was the Chakra and today’s model is the Hamsa.

After doing even a little research, it became obvious to me that the Retro 51 designers know a lot more about yoga than I do. But then again a random person on the street probably knows more than I do about yoga.

I did find that Hamsa can mean different things. But a common definition has hamsa symbolizing the interplay of the chakras. And of course that ties it to the other pen in this series. As the protecting hand, each finger represents a chakra. The hamsa is also a meditative mantra doing with your connectedness to everything.

I am that.

I am here now.

or as it says on the pen

I am you. and You are me.

You don’t need to be a Buddhist or practice yoga to see the power of that thought.

An important difference between the Hamsa and Chakra pens is the bamboo material on the Hamsa. If you haven’t tried a bamboo pen, the feel in the hand is really nice. And bamboo is a renewable resource. Bamboo will have grown 1-2 mm while you read this post. So buy one for everyone in your family.

Like the Charka, the end of the Hamsa features the symbols for Aum (or Om).

Just like the Charka, buying a Hamsa leads to a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation to save 250 square feet of rainforest. This is not a new cause for Retro 51. The plain Bamboo Tornado has been in their lineup for many years and also includes a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation.

With a cool design that reminds you to think of your connection to others on a bamboo pen that feels good in the hand, Retro 51 has another winner.

p.s. Write to someone you know who could use a protecting hand.