Unlike other real estate brokers you might have encountered, Claudine Arthurs isn’t all about showing you a place with four walls and a door. She’s really into what’s going on in a space that you don’t always see, but feel (prison cell lighting?), or smell (carpet fumes?), or even plain old bad vibes.
Arthurs is the founder and principal broker of Prana Real Estate, a two-month-old New York City-based company that specializes in holistic-minded homes. She speaks coconut oil and yoga pants, and leans that way herself.
“I find people a space that’s supportive to their mental and physical health,” Arthurs says. “I know it comes out as very esoteric and hard for people to grasp. But for those who are inclined, creating a spiritual home will help you to feel better.”
Arthurs and her team of specialists assess details like air and water quality and lighting—instead of trying to convince you that a 400-square-foot studio facing a brick wall is charming (and not oppressive). Once you’re in the space, she’ll tap experts to perform a house blessing, rid the energy of previous tenants, and creative positive energy going forward.
Her specialty comes as a result of her years as a traditional real estate broker, head hunter, and most recently, a yoga studio manager at Atmananda Yoga, where the Prana office is now located. Arthurs says she always maintained a deep interest in the holistic lifestyle, studying everything from life coaching to hypnosis to Transcendental Meditation.
If you’re not in the market for a new pad, but yours could use a good juju tune-up, here are three things Arthurs says will help make your home a more spiritual space. —Jamie McKillop
1. Switch on a Himalayan rock salt lamp. It’s not just for culinary uses. Himalayan salt is also hollowed out and turned into a lamp. These range between $15 and $30. You may have seen them in spas, where they’re used to reduce positive ions. “The bulb heats the salt and the air starts to condense,” Arthurs says. “The moisture in the air helps to grab onto the positive ions and weighs them down to reduce the amount of them and the amount of irritants in the air.”
2. Get a rubber tree plant. Even though all plants are purifiers, the rubber tree plant is really the one to reach for, Arthurs says. “They’re nature’s air purifier, and filter out toxins,” which is a good thing for a home. “If people have carpeting, it can emit gasses like formaldehyde or ammonia.”
3. Display clear quartz crystals. Arthurs recommends picking up some crystals for your place. First wash them in sea salt, then put them in the sunlight or moonlight to charge. “It helps with the vibrational frequency of the space,” she says. “We know the pull of the moon affects us. When you charge up the crystals, it takes on some of that energy.” Which can make your home feel, well, more like home.
For more information, visit www.pranarealestate.com