FROM THE CANVAS TO YOUR YOGA MAT

SEVEN SISTERS

BY MANUELA BOSCO
NOW AVAILABLE ON SPOTIFY

SEVEN SISTERS ALBUM

BY HOLY PLAY BOYS: TUURE KILPELÄINEN & TEHO MAJAMÄKI
BRINGING THE ELEMENTS OF
NATURE INTO YOUR PRACTICE

Each mat in the Seven Sisters yoga mat series represents the different elements of nature: Love, Time, Water, Fire, Space, Wood, and Earth & Air. The eco-friendly mats are made from natural rubber and vegan suede. The vegan suede is printed with nontoxic, water-soluble colors, all based on original artwork by Manuela Bosco.

THE BIRTH OF SEVEN SISTERS

The Birth of Seven Sisters was rather exceptional. It was late Autumn 2016 when I had a very strong vision during meditation. I knew I had to paint seven very big pieces, and they all somehow had to capture space. I bought 21 meters of canvas and was lucky enough to begin my work one night, when everybody was sleeping and my atelier felt like a church, or mecca, or at least a totally holy place. It was the first whole night I painted since my two (those days) kids were born, and it was a deeply particular one. The night I painted the first piece was so vibrationally rich. I listened to only one artist that night, and this musician felt like a part of the piece I was creating. I felt that I had to ask him to make the audio for this installation. A few years later this musician became my husband and dad of my youngest child. But, the night I painted the first piece, named As Close As Heaven Can Come, was particular also because my very good friend and Doctor (Formula 1 Doctor Aki Hintsa) died. That October night I felt that heaven was closer to us than ever before. 

'When the first creation was ready I cried. I felt something really new and really meaningful had just come out from my hands and soul. It was a transformational night.'

From that day on I painted six other pieces, and every piece contained an element. The second was Earth (When Mother Earth Touched The Storm), then came Time (Eternity — Children’s Playground), then Water (No-Mans Climate Change), Fire (Fire Behind Every Petal), then Space (Space Your Mind) to end with Wood (Life Garden). I closed the series with forest, the wood element (my surname Bosco means wood) to celebrate the Life Energy trees contain, especially here in Finland. When all seven pieces were ready (it took me over a year to paint them) I started to “see” what it was about. I saw the seven chakras, the essential elements, the bird-perspective, the large measure the installation had - and the unstoppable energy the whole piece resonated.

'I felt in my bones that this piece had to travel around the world, it had to be splitted in pieces and united. I didn’t know how, when and where, but I knew there was something really important waiting to flourish when time was right.'

The piece was exhibited as a meditation map - installation in Superwood Festival in 2018. It was also used as a Theatre scene, but the piece was still waiting. And it was only 4 years after the first piece was made, that I had a vision during meditation (while I was putting my kids to sleep) that these pieces belonged on YOGA MATS! It was such a clear simple vision. Like the last piece of a big puzzle that suddenly popped into my consciousness. Of course — how evident, how magical, how simple!

This series, Seven Sisters, was made to give people the possibility to connect with nature and the life-essential, fundamental elements while practicing yoga, meditating, stretching, concentrating or just sitting on the mat. All seven pieces transmit nature's elements and energy on a very deep level.

The whole yoga experience can be transformed and opened up to a next level. There is an open door for a new world, new surroundings, higher creativity, stronger vitality, clearer focus and sensorial perspective inward your own Self. This series is absolutely exceptional in the whole world, made by a contemporary artist, yogi and former olympian runner. They are made for everyone, as a way of bringing art democratically to all the people around. No matter what you do on your yoga mat, you will never again feel the same on it. The rarity of these mats are that they will feel deeply personal and highly universal, connecting all the elements and the people around the world, to the same source. To our Mother Nature.

When Mother Earth Touched The Storm

AIR/EARTH

Eternity-Children's Playground

TIME

No-Mans Climate Change

WATER

Fire Behind Every Petal

FIRE

Space Your Mind

SPACE

Life Garden

WOOD

THE REVOLUTIONARY EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY

The Magic Mat — From Father to Daughter

It was only a few weeks before the Seven Sisters series was released when Manuela suddenly realised that her father, a famous sport scientist, Professor of Biomechanics Carmelo Bosco (d. 2003) was known by his most famous creation ”Il Test di Bosco”. Il test di Bosco was, and is  still to this day, a largely known ”jumping test” in the field of sport and sport science, as a basic, neuromuscular test, which calculates the explosive power of an athlete and evaluates the slow and fast cells of the person. This test was a huge revolution in the field of professional sport & science in the early 80's. It gave a new level of consciousness to evaluate the condition and genetic substance of the athlete in the perspective of explosiveness and strength. It gave until then undiscovered keys to the field of sport science and human performance.

Carmelo Bosco patented his first invention in the University of Jyväskylä in 1982 - the same year his first daughter Manuela was born. Carmelo tested thousands of the best athletes of the world with his ”magic mat” between the years 1979-2002.

Photography: Manuela Bosco with her father Carmelo Bosco.

These athletes included footballers like Diego Maradona, Del Piero and Roberto Baggio, basket players like the team of Chicago Bulls including Michael Jordan. Alpine skiers like Alberto Tomba, ski jumpers like Matti Nykänen, not to mention hundreds of best athletes of the world including Merlene Ottey, Sara Simeoni, Arto Bryggare, Carl Lewis and hundreds of others. He worked with various National teams around the world, like handball, basketball, football, swimming, cross country-skiing, alpine skiing, track & field and boxing.

Carmelo Bosco was highly appreciated in the field and one of the best known sport scientists of the world. His magic mat, ”Il Test di Bosco" contains a funny similarity to Seven Sisters yoga mat series. When in Bosco test the core of the test was the increasing consciousness and awareness of the physical condition, we can say that in the Seven Sisters series we can find the next level energy channel through a yoga mat, which consciously or unconsciously can increase the energy of the practitioner. These magic mats for sure are made to give people more information and consciousness (energy) about themselves.

SHOP SEVEN SISTERS

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