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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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.

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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.

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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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Satya’s Top Renewal Tips

 

Winter’s in NYC can be quite challenging to navigate, and after months of short days, snow storms and freezing cold conditions I’m excited to welcome Spring!!! To honor this transformational time of year and get inspired, I wanted to share my top tips for releasing the energy of Winter and preparing for the arrival of a magical season… I hope it helps you on your journey.
Blessings,

-Satya xo

  1. I always start my day with some time for prayer and meditation. As we approach Spring I like to incorporate a cleansing pranayama. Lighting candles and burning sage are also beautiful rituals that help to purify the energy.
  2. The changing weather can take it’s toll on my immunity so I try my best to incorporate fresh fruit smoothies full of goodness and vitamins. Some of my favorite supplements to add are Macca Powder, B12 and Vitamin D (aka liquid sunshine).
  3. Gemstones are a powerful way to heal and alter energy so choosing gemstone malas and bracelets that will carry me through the season is an important part of my Spring ritual. Aquamarine (for tranquility and courage), as well as Green Onyx (for grounding and guidance) are some of my favorite gemstones for this time of year.
  4. As a creative, making time to go outside and spend time in nature is one of my greatest sources of inspiration. When I’m not able to get out of the city, I like to take long walks along the Hudson River or visit the botanic gardens to see them in full bloom.
  5. There is nothing like getting away for a long weekend or traveling to get inspired and reinvigorated. This year I’m so excited to be traveling to Mexico April 8-14 to host my first ever creative retreat. There are still a few spots left so if you’d like to join me click here to register or find out more.

 

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Mask & Meditate Your Way to Wellness

We’ve teamed up with Farmacy Beauty the farm-to-skincare beauty brand to bring you the Bee Well Set; a limited-edition gift set to celebrate a collective consciousness and shared passions of peace, positivity and mindfulness.

The Bee Well Set features a full size (4.1 oz. jar) of Farmacy’s beloved Honey Potion warming massage mask paired with a exclusive Satya Jewelry Tiger’s Eye and Honey Jade gemstone bracelet to promote stability, grounding, insight, inner peace joy and happiness. It features a sterling silver charm engraved with Farmacy’s Echinacea GreenEnvyTM flower, which is emblematic of individuality, prosperity and protection. The set is meant to encourage harmony, balance and wellness. Mask and meditate your way to beauty from the inside with the healing properties of nature!

Satya’s Top 10 Tips for making the most of your Bee Well Set:

  1. Find a sacred space where you can get quiet and tune in. Light candles, get cozy and use a diffuser or incense to help set a calming and relaxing atmosphere.
  2. Apply the warming honey mask to your face and neck gently massage into the skin.
  3. After you have washed you hands, come back to your quiet space and sit in a comfortable cross legged position.
  4. Holding the bracelet in your hand, close your eyes and take a few deep breath’s helping the body and mind to relax.
  5. Think about a mantra or intention you’d like to set for yourself.
  6. Drawing the bead’s of the bracelet through your thumb and forefinger repeat your mantra or intention as you move each bead through your hand.
  7. Repeat the mantra 27 times or once you feel grounded and steady.
  8. Place the bracelet on your wrist as a daily reminder of your intention.
  9. Wash the warming mask off your face with cool water and apply your favorite healing face cream to finish.
  10. Take this feeling of calmness with you as you go about your day.

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De-Stress With Yoga This Holiday Season

malaHolidays are a time to spend with friends and family, reflecting on the lovely blessings life has to offer – but let’s face it, they can be stressful too!  Whether it be tons of family members to cook for, houses to clean, or children running around, sometimes we just need some time to decompress and clear our minds.

At Satya Jewelry, we strongly believe in the clarity and positivity yoga has to offer.  Besides being the perfect way to ground yourself during the holiday craze, yoga has innumerable advantages.

Reason 1: Stress Reducer

By focusing on the moment at hand, yoga soothes the mind and forces you into the present.  Distractions and stressors are pushed aside, lowering anxiety and granting you relief.

Reason 2:  Attentiveness & Clarity

Strongly due to the breathing exercises involved in yoga, awareness and concentration abilities intensify.  You will find yourself being able to focus on projects for longer periods of time. Prioritizing becomes easier, and you have a greater ability to view things from a more logical standpoint.

Reason 4: Sleep

Life (and the holiday rush!) can be pretty hectic, so sleep may be hard to come by – but setting aside time for yoga can remedy this.  Your muscles relax and your mind becomes less muddled, making sleep easier and more welcoming.

Reason 5: Physical Benefits

The physical benefits that accompany yoga are innumerable.  Posture improves, blood circulation improves, and respiratory functions stabilize.  You will find yourself getting fewer colds and an overall immunity boost – which will be handy during this cold winter!

Reason 6: Mind and Body Connection

Despite the various types of yoga, they all have one thing in common: creating a stronger mind to body relationship.  Yoga is all about increasing internal communication, and in turn, you become more aware of yourself.  Being in tune with your body’s requirements and attaining greater mental stability is a wonderful thing – now you can give you what you need, and be more relaxed doing it!

Dedicate an hour (or even thirty minutes) of your day to peaceful reflection – we promise you will see the difference!

Q&A with Kristin McGee: Yoga Moves for the Office

kristin-mcgeeKristin McGee has got it all together, she spends her days sharing her passion with as many people as possible as a Yoga and Pilates instructor. She got her start when she discovered yoga at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in the early 90’s. She fell in love with it and has been practicing ever since! She is fit, approachable and awe inspiring. We talked to her a little about how to get a work life balance with yoga-while you might be at the office all day, but still want to keep your practice steady.

Q: What is your yoga philosophy?

To stay as present as possible throughout the day and when I teach and practice. The union of the mind and the body through the breath is the most important aspect of yoga I think and it’s something we can do at any moment of the day. My style is vinyasa flow, linking the breath to the movement in a choreographed sequence, with a combination of some Iyenger longer holds as well as some pranayama (breathing exercises) and core work.

Q: What is the best way to incorporate yoga into your work schedule?

There are a few different options: do some arm stretches at your desk, set your timer and do a 5 minute meditation break every hour to keep refreshed, do a downward dog at the wall, forward hang in your chair or standing next to your desk, tree pose at the water cooler, etc. There are so many ways to incorporate yoga moves, breathing and stretching throughout the workday.

Q: What moves would be especially good for people who might be tied to their computer or don’t get to move a lot during the workday?

I would emphasis hip and shoulder openers to help relieve the neck and lower back. Downward Facing Dog, Triangle Pose, Extended Angle Pose, Straddle Forward Bend, Pigeon and Crescent Lunge are all great moves to do at the end of a long workday.

Q: Are there any yoga principles or practices aside from moves that can be incorporated into your workday to become more thoughtful or present?

Yes! You can take an extra 5 or 10 minutes to stop and notice your breathing, shut down your computer, rest your hands in your lap and focus on the inhale and exhale. You can also do a 3 part count where you breathe in to your lower belly, pause, upper belly, pause, upper chest, pause then long exhalation out. You can connect fully with your co-workers when you’re speaking with them. You can make sure you focus on one task at a time and stay present until the next task at hand. You can give yourself a reset button every so often stand up walk around and re-center yourself if you start feeling frazzled.

And some of Kristin’s final tips on yoga at the workplace:

I teach a lot of men and women in their offices. I go in mid-day or at lunch time and we do yoga in their office or small gym, if the building has one in it. I love to see the look on other coworkers faces when they see us stretching and breathing, it makes everyone want to do it as well! Don’t be afraid to make silly faces or stretch or breathe or even flubber your lips and let out an OM every now and then at work. You will really start to make an impact and others will soon be doing those things with you.