Standing in Strength: 5 Things That Empower & Uplift Me

As summer slips into August and the season slows to a more leisurely rhythm, I am turning my thoughts toward becoming more grounded in the weeks ahead. I treasure these days of Summer, when anything feels possible but I also welcome the opportunity to set my intentions for the last days of August, when I can stand a bit more firmly rooted, ready to embrace my inner strength and focus that the pending autumn will require. Here are five of my favorite tips for standing in strength ahead of the season of change. I hope you’ll find them as empowering and uplifting as I do!

1. Find Strength in Sisterhood

Making time for girlfriends is a crucial part of what helps me feel strong. There is a magical thing that happens when women gather—a power unlike anything I’ve experienced. We recharge each other, we honor each other, we lift each other up. We women have a beautiful ability to express ourselves, which I find healing; being heard and seen without judgment, without turning away, without needing to “fix” things—there is medicine in that. Women show up and hold space for each other, and they do so fearlessly.

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2. Create a Morning Ritual

Creating a ritual of any kind can help you stand in your strength, but I especially love having a morning ritual to set the tone for each day. My daily practice includes lighting a candle, taking a few moments to tap into the source, inhaling a few slow breaths and honoring that divine spirit within me. This kicks off my day in a centered, positive way—and anytime I can tune in to my faith and honor myself simultaneously, I feel empowered to take on whatever lies ahead.

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3. Take To the Mat

Yoga is an essential part of how I feel strong—physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I roll out my mat every morning and do some downward dogs to get my energy flowing. This brings me into my body and reminds me of my strength! Yoga is all about internal strength; when you breathe from your naval, you align yourself and you’re ready to go! Remember, your solar plexus chakra is really the core of who you are. Yoga helps to strengthen that subtly, but also so powerfully.

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4. Gather, Commune, Connect

Gathering is an incredibly powerful—and these days, often overlooked—practice that helps strengthen all of those who come together. When we gather with each other, whether with friends or family or new acquaintances, we share our common humanity. We connect. We create community. So often, we spend our days plugged in to our computers, phones; it’s so easy to send a text instead of meeting face to face or actually calling someone on the phone! I find time spent in company of others a true and precious gift. Gathering is a beautiful way to feel uplifted, strong and empowered!

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5. Choose Meaningful Jewelry

When I had my twins, I was draped in black onyx. I didn’t even realize why at the time—it was just what I reached for, what I was drawn to wearing. Only when I had some distance—and sleep!—did I realize that of course I wore black onyx; it is the gemstone of endurance and strength! Wearing it all the time helped me ride the waves that early motherhood brings. These days, “Don’t leave home without a mala!” is something you’ll hear me say repeatedly. These ancient prayer necklaces can be used in meditation or can be worn as a totem to help keep you grounded and remind you to breathe; I love touching mine and feeling the healing power of the gemstones.

Jewelry serves as an important reminder of what drew you to it and what you need in your life. It can also be so fun to mark an occasion with jewelry and have it take you back to a beautiful memory. I’ve held “gathering of great souls” parties and for one of them, Gurmukh and I gave everyone friendship bracelets as a parting gift. Now we all have this beautiful token to remind us of the magic of that night.

With love and blessings,

-Satya xo

Introducing ‘The Beautiful You’: In Honor of Autism Awareness

I’m so excited to share a project that I’ve been dreaming about since my son Jack was diagnosed with PDD or the early stages of Autism spectrum disorder.  My little Jack was only 18 months at the time and developing just like his twin brother, Thay.  It was one week after a scheduled vaccine shot that he stopped talking and would no longer look at me.

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Four months later on his 2nd birthday, I was looking at my boy’s side by side and knew something wasn’t right. I was mostly concerned about Jack’s lack of speech, as the few words he did know were now muffled.  Right away, I asked his pediatrician for a recommendation thinking he just needed some help in his articulation. But after speaking with 3 different speech therapists, we were referred to a home evaluation agency. This is when life changed forever.

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As a parent, being told your child has a diagnosis of something you know nothing about is terrifying. So many emotions set in from sadness to fear, anger, and grief.  But, I knew I had to keep going and for the next 8 years, I became a mommy on a mission to understand my son’s diagnosis. I feel very blessed to have worked with so many incredible doctors, healers and organizations that have helped us on this journey.  But more importantly, what a blessing it was to learn and understand my son and this incredible community of families.

Having been a child advocate for most of my life and using Satya Jewelry as a means to help children in need, it’s now my turn to give back to this community which is my community. In honor of Autism Awareness month, I’ve teamed up with NEXT for AUTISM which is an amazing nonprofit dedicated to supporting and improving the lives of families and people diagnosed on the Spectrum.

We are so excited to launch ‘The Beautiful You’ collection that celebrates the unique gifts in all of us. The symbol we’ve chosen is a reminder that by embracing our differences and supporting one another, we are all one. To me, this collection represents hope, love. inclusivity and understanding for all. For each piece sold, Satya Jewelry will donate $40 to NEXT for AUTISM.

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This is where you come in. In honor of Autism Awareness month, I graciously ask you to share my story with anyone you think this would touch or inspire. My hope is that through increased awareness, there will be greater understanding for this community.

With love and blessings,

Satya xo

P.s: Jack is doing more amazing then ever! Most of all he makes us laugh every day with his sense of humor and infectious smile.

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The Creative Journey: 5 Steps to Reawaken Inspiration

The journey to creative inspiration can be an infinitely fulfilling one. When we are in alignment and our creativity is flowing, it seems as if all the world is opening up to us and revealing its beauty. When creative blockages emerge, however—due to stress, self-doubt or simply becoming stagnant in our own routines—inspiration can seem increasingly elusive. This month, we’re diving deep into the creative journey and sharing our steps to reawaken inspiration—just in time to greet spring, the season of renewal!

Five Steps to Reawaken Inspiration

1. Go Deep Within

Quiet time is essential for reawakening creative inspiration. We can’t possibly tap into a creative flow when we’re being pulled in numerous directions—simultaneously, no less! Setting aside quiet time daily to meditate (with or without  your favorite gemstone mala) and to journal afterwards will help re-focus your intention and open your pathways to creative energy.

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2. Reach Outside of Yourself

Just as we don’t exist in a vacuum, neither do our creative muses. Inspiration can come from anywhere, but the chances of it sparking when you’re in front of your computer or staring at your phone are slim. We love taking a page from The Artist’s Way and making an artist’s date with ourselves every week. Whether you treat yourself to a stroll around your favorite neighborhood or park, see a museum exhibit or movie, getting out of your head and into real life where others are creating can be exactly what you need to get un-stuck. If you have time, scheduling a creative getaway can serve as a powerful push to getting back on the creative track! Not sure where to start? Check out our Satya Journeys creative retreat in Mexico, where for a week, your creativity will be fostered, encouraged and honored. (Did we mention it’s on the beach?!)

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3. Break Through the Barrier

Creating for creating’s sake can serve as a powerful tool to re-awaken inspiration. Without the pressure of deadlines or finishing a certain project that’s just not coming together, you can fall back in love with the creative process. Try an outlet that’s not usually on the menu: If you’re a writer, try painting or drawing. If you’re a designer, try writing something. Mixing it up can help take the pressure off, and infuse fun into your creative flow, once again! Need a little totem to help you along your way? Ganesha is the remover of obstacles and bestower of success. Reach for him to help clear your path and unblock your energy so you can break through your creative barriers.

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4. Give Thanks for Your Gifts

Gratitude goes a long way in helping re-awaken inspiration. When if feels like your creative gifts have abandoned you, take a few moments to give thanks for experiencing and harnessing them in the first place. It will help remind you—and the Universe—that you’ve been able to create before, and you will certainly be able to create once again. Putting it out there is a powerful signal that you recognize your talents, and are ready to receive inspiration, however it manifests itself.

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5. Emerge from the Creative Cocoon

As the spring sunshine warms the earth to coax the flower into bloom, let your creativity emerge from the warmth of your self creative care. Your creative journey will not always be a straight line—but with patience, and mindful choices about how to reawaken inspiration, getting “un-stuck” is the sweetest destination. Add a reminder about how far you’ve come with the Serene Journey bracelet set, these gemstone bracelets are the embodiment of spring’s renewal (plus, the sweet elephants symbolize wisdom, peace and good fortune).

Lastly, don’t just save these tips for when panic sets in; enacting inspiring habits when you’re in a good creative space can help stave off that dreaded creative rut. Ready, set, let your creative journey begin!

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Pictured: Peaceful Tranquility Mala, Divine Alignment Chakra Necklace, Divine Alignment Chakra Earrings, Illuminating Energy Chakra Bracelet and an assortment of Satya Jewelry Gemstone Stretch Bracelets

Satya’s Favorite Yogi’s

The month of September heralds a shift in consciousness; not only does it signal a change of seasons, but for many of us, it’s a call to action: time to buckle down, get back to school, and instill a sense of order that we shrugged off during summer’s languid days. Luckily, September is also Yoga Month, a celebration of yogic practices that reminds us to slow down, breathe deeply and be present as the world demands we jump back in and propel ourselves forward.

This September, we’re celebrating Yoga Month by highlighting some of our favorite yogis. From being luminous spirits to incredible teachers, this group of women not only share our passion for practicing yoga, but are improving the world around them, one breath at a time. Get to know our favorite yogis, and get inspired for Yoga Month!

Rachel Brathen

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Swedish native Rachel Brathen is a New York Times best-selling author, serial entrepreneur and international yoga teacher residing in Aruba. After graduating school in Stockholm she traveled to Costa Rica and it was here that she found the joy of incorporating yoga into her everyday life. Deepening her yoga practice and also taking her first steps towards teaching, she ended up moving to Central America where she spent years exploring the intricate studies of yoga and spirituality. After moving to Aruba early 2010 she started teaching yoga full time on this Caribbean island. Her classes are a dynamic Vinyasa Flow integrating alignment, core work, and breathing techniques with basic poses and creative sequencing. With over two million followers in social media, Brathen shares pieces of her life with the world every day and constantly travels the globe to connect with her community.

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Rachel pictured in the Satya Jewelry Many Truth’s Angelite mala and gemstone stretch bracelets.

Kimberly Snyder

180201_Kimberly_Snyder_Portraits4269-1Kimberly Snyder, is the nutritionist and multi-time New York Times best-selling author of The Beauty Detox SolutionThe Beauty Detox Foods and The Beauty Detox Power and Radical Beauty, co-authored with Deepak Chopra. Today, she is a passionate wellness authority whose philosophy includes her principles around proper food combining, optimizing digestion and eating an all or mostly plant-based diet.

After graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown University, Snyder didn’t choose an ordinary path. Instead, she embarked on a three-year solo journey spanning over 50 countries. This exposed her to a wide range of health and beauty modalities, conventional and unconventional teachers and approaches from different cultures, inspiring her to pursue an extensive career in the field of nutrition and wellness.

A passionate practitioner of Kriya and Vinyasa yoga and meditation, world adventurer, Mama, and Board Advisor for Visionary Women, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and empowerment of women.  Kimberly has dedicated her life to inspiring others to discover their own light and true beauty.

Kim SnyderShop Kimberly Snyder’s Fearless Goddess collection in collaboration with Satya Jewelry.

Sarah Finger

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Sarah Finger is the co-founder of ISHTA Yoga and the private yoga teacher of Dr. Deepak Chopra. She recently co-created an online course, “Finding Connection Through Yoga,” with Dr. Chopra in partnership with Yoga Journal and The Chopra Center. She teaches training’s, workshops, and retreats internationally with her husband, Yoga Master Alan Finger, and is a featured expert on Jiyo, a revolutionary new digital platform that brings health and wellness to online communities all over the world. Sarah is on the Board of Directors for Exhale to Inhale, a non-profit organization that teaches yoga to survivors of domestic violence. Her daughter, who is also called Satya, inspires her every day to live a life based on love and unbound potential.

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Elena Brower

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Mama, author, yoga teacher and speaker, Elena Brower is influenced by several yoga traditions and recognized internationally for her expertise in offering practices for approaching our world with realistic reverence.

She is the author of Practice You & Art of Attention, a yoga workbook that has been translated into six languages, and the creator of Teach.yoga, a virtual home for yoga teachers worldwide.

Elena BrowerShop Elena Brower’s favorite Satya Jewelry pick’s here.

Gurmukh

HEADSHOTS Satya sisters_gurmukhAs a seeker, Gurmukh left her home and headed west at the age of nineteen. It wasn’t long until she found her Spiritual Teacher Yogi Bhajan and the calling of her Destiny in 1970. Yogi Bhajan gave her a spiritual name that means, “One who helps thousands across the world ocean.” For more than four decades Gurmukh has traveled the world to teach and as the years continued, Gurmukh and her husband Gurushabd opened Golden Bridge Yoga, a studio in New York City, which is a thriving sanctuary for Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Gurmukh’s grace and wisdom continue to expand, transmitted through her teachings. Like Satya, Gurmukh has a deep passion for all children and sharing this journey with like-minded Soul Sisters is a “dream come true”.

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Shop Gurmuk’s Satya Jewelry picks here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healing Gemstones Every Mom Should Know About

As Mom’s it comes natural to us to nurture others but what about ourselves?  As a business owner, and a single mother of twins, I have learned how to take care of myself in a subtle but powerful way. Working with gemstones for the last 20 years, has taught me how powerful these gifts from Mother Nature are. They are little reminders of how incredible we are as Mom’s and help encourage us to take a breath when we’re faced with a moment of challenge.  The healing effects when worn can shift a day of stress to a day of calm.  I can use different stones to keep me steady, balanced and happy throughout my day.  There are thousands of stones with amazing healing properties but here are the top 5 that I can’t live without as a mother.

Black onyx is the stone of strength and perseverance. When I gave birth to my twins I wore nothing else for the first 3 years. This stone is powerful to help the transition to motherhood which no one can prepare you for.  I was naturally drawn to this stone these first few years learning later that this was the stone of endurance.  It was exactly what I needed.

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Rose Quartz is the stone of love and compassion that opens and heals the heart. As mothers, we give love all the time, yet often we forget to receive. This stone is the perfect reminder to love ourselves unconditionally. Only when we truly love ourselves are we able to receiving love from others.

Turquoise is the stone of health, balance and intuition.  This very nurturing stone always helps to bring me back to my center. As a blue stone, it’s also connected to the throat chakra, the powerful energy center that helps us to speak up for ourselves. When we speak our truth, anything is possible!

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Carnelian is the stone of protection, stability and vitality. This stone helps you to be fearless and courageous in all that you do.  When life hands me a little more than what I’m ready for, this is the stone I wear to push me through to the other side. Wear this to channel your inner fearless goddess!

Last but not least is Angelite, the stone of acceptance and compassion.  I like to use this for my own self-acceptance and compassion towards all that I do as a Mom.  I know from so many Moms, that we all carry guilt and self judgement. This happy and calming blue stone helps me to love and accept myself just the way I am.

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