Unplug Meditation With Suze Yalof Schwartz

Get your OM on! We talked to Suze Yalof Schwartz, CEO and Founder of Unplug Meditation, and author of the new book Unplug: A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul SeekersRead on to find out how she finds time to meditate with a busy schedule, and why you should too!

Unplug Meditation With Suze Yalof Schwartz

What type of practice would you recommend to a beginner who wants to give meditation a try?

SS: My favorite is the 16 second meditation taught to me by Davidji.

What was your inspiration and intention when first opening your studio?

SS: I wanted to learn to meditate with incredible teachers who made it easy, inspirational and fun.  I also wanted a space that was clean and beautiful filled with interesting people. I had no idea the power Unplug would have on so many lives from people experiencing panic attacks, anxiety, pain, cancer and even women just trying to get pregnant. The stories I hear every day blow me away and make me so grateful that I could provide a space for people to heal, connect create and dream.

Days can be hectic…whether it’s final exams, presentations at work or a long to-do list. How do you teach your students to lean on meditation?

SS: Our students know how they feel when they meditate and that is what keeps them coming back. Just taking one class will change your day and more will change your life.

  1. Close your eyes and count your breath
  2. Inhale for 4 seconds through the nose
  3. Hold for 4 seconds
  4. Exhale through the nose for 4 seconds and
  5. Hold for 4 seconds

Counting and breathing at the same time shuts your brain off and slowing down your breath signals to the brain that everything is going to be OK. I like to do this 16 second meditation every time I go through a door.

What’s your most memorable moment and/or experience opening Unplug Meditation?

SS: There have been so many. I think my favorite was when I met a woman who was one of our favorite customers and she was coming in 2 times a day for 4 weeks at her fertility doctor’s recommendation. She had tried invetro 3 times and this was her last chance. When she came in on week 4 and told me she was pregnant we all went crazy! That was one of the happiest days at Unplug. We have so many great stories like that. Lots of hugs and tears of joy.

Unplug Meditation With Suze Yalof Schwartz

Tell us a bit about your book, Unplug: A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers. What are you hoping readers take from it?

SS: I wanted to create the book that I wished I had when I was starting out. I would love for the reader to hit the “that was easy” button after they finished and be inspired to meditate daily. I also want them to feel what it does for them because it affects everyone differently. This book is filled with my favorite tips, meditations and a simple explanation of the science behind it and the stories from our clients who experienced the powerful benefits.

Do you have a favorite Aerie product from our Chill. Play. Move. Collection that you find comfort in when meditating?

SS: I am obsessed with the positive messaging tee-shirts “Phones Down Eyes Up” – there are so many amazing ones!

Now tell us, what makes YOU #AerieREAL?

SS: What makes me #AerieREAL? My positive energy. I love life and sharing the things that inspire me with everyone and I think when you flow good energy you end up surrounding yourself with it.
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Now Trending: Wanderlust Dreams

Set your sights on pretty patterns and boho details with our fave new trend: Wanderlust Dreams.

BOHO DETAILS

Tassels, crochet and lace add extra special touches to bralettes, undies, tops and shorts.

Now Trending: Wanderlust Dreams

PRINTS & PATTERNS 

The bolder, the better! Tops, bottoms and bralettes aren’t the only ones that got a bright new update. We brought boho to your bikini with our Real Obsessed™ swim

Now Trending: Wanderlust Dreams

VACATION VIBES

Flowy peasant tops in fun boho patterns are made for easy layers. Top it off with a floppy hat for extra sunny days!

Now Trending: Wanderlust Dreams

 

 

 

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: SHOW YOUR TASSELS

How to wear our Tassel Triangle Bralette? Show it off! Our stylist is putting our newest fave front and center in today’s outfit of the week.

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: SHOW YOUR TASSELSShop Erin’s Look: Tassel Triangle Bralette | Everyday Loves Lace Bikini | Split Back Tank | Wanderlust Shortie | Panama Hat | Cat Eye Sunglasses | Mini Bucket Bag | AEO Flip Flop

Add our Split Back Tank on top to bare your shoulders and let the tassels show through on the sides, and the pretty lace peek in the back! Wear our Wanderlust Shortie on the bottom, then accessorize with our Panama Hat, Cat Eye Sunglasses and Mini Bucket Bag. Wanderlust dreams in one look!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: SHOW YOUR TASSELS

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Spring Break Essentials

Spring break starts here! Read on to see what we’ll be taking on our getaways this year

BEACH BEAUTY

Lip gloss, perfume and a cute pair of sunnies are your on-the-go essentials. Add a hat to shade your pretty face from a long day in the sunshine!

Spring Break Essentials

SWIM BREAK

Bring a bright blanket and fun towel when you’re ready for a lounge break.

Spring Break Essentials

AFTER HOURS

Keep your skin fresh all day (and night) long with a quick hydrating mask and moisturizing lotion—we love our Be Bright scents with notes of gala apple and orange smiles.

Spring Break Essentials

What are your spring break essentials? Comment below and tell us!

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Real Talk With Dana Patterson

Today, #AerieREAL girl Dana Patterson’s strength and confidence shine. But it took work to get here! She opened up to us about her journey to self-love and body positivity, an amazing story that she now shares on social media and in her work as a NEDA partner. Read on for all the inspiration!

Real Talk With Dana Patterson

Aerie loves NEDA and we know you do too! How did you decide to get involved with the non-profit?

DP: I wanted to get involved with NEDA to be able to share my recovery story, how I handle my mental health, and connect with more men and women in the ED community. This community has helped ME so much in my recovery and journey to self love, and I want to help others the same way. The work that NEDA is doing to save and improve lives is so incredibly important.

You’ve been so open about your story with your followers. How do you allow your past struggles to influence and motivate your future?

DP: I think we need more and more honesty on social media! People need to see what’s really real. I have allowed my past to shape me positively, my struggles and the adversity I have faced have shaped me to be the strong, humorous, honest, understanding person I am today. My past has allowed me to push through many difficult times where I wanted to give in and give up. I’m extremely grateful for all I’ve been through and it will continue to push me to share my much needed message to women, men, and children who need to hear it.

What advice do you have for any girls who are struggling with similar issues you’ve faced?

DP:

  1. First step is to stop identifying your body as your only value. You are SO much more than your body. Once you take the emphasis off of our physical appearances it’s so much easier to love ourselves.
  2. STOP COMPARING TO OTHERS! My dad always says comparison is the thief of joy, and it’s so true! Start celebrating your unique qualities as well as the others around you.
  3. Do not let the opinions of others affect you, and do not let your value lie in others opinions of you i.e. Boys, bullies etc. Your value comes from your amazing qualities, NOT other people’s opinions of you!
  4. Stay diligent about how you allow yourself to think. My parents always talk to me about “standing porter at the door of thought” aka watch how you think about yourself and what you allow into your thought. Negative thinking begets negative results. Stay diligent about you how you speak about yourself and others. You do not have to fall victim to BDD or your ED, you are stronger than your disorder. Your thought is such a powerful tool in the battle against ED.

What is your mantra or the most important thing you tell yourself every day?

DP: BE GRATEFUL. My dad always made me write gratitude lists every day growing up, and I never really understood why until I got older. It’s so important to be grateful for everything we have and the opportunities we are blessed with. I start my gratitude lists with things as simple as being grateful for clean water to drink, a roof over my head and my bed to sleep in. It truly gives important perspective to our way of thinking.

What makes you #AerieREAL?

DP: My honesty, my humor , and my ability to embrace my mixed Latina/Spanish/and Scottish heritage is what makes me #AerieREAL. I used to be so insecure about some of my physical attributes growing up looking very differently than other kids at my school. People would make fun of everything from my weight, to my skin color, my eyebrows, my butt and my full hair. I want to give a voice to any girl or boy who’s ever been made fun of or bullied for being different, and let them know they are loved and accepted. That is what makes me #AerieREAL.

Real Talk With Dana Patterson

How To Style The Band Tee With Daily Mister

Graphic tees are an easy way to inject unique #AEOSTYLE into your look. This season, we’re seeing an emphasis on fun, elevated graphics that speak to everything from your favorite band (inspired by vintage rock tees) to modern block lettering. Band tees are super of-the-moment and look great with just about anything. Menswear blogger Mac Joseph from Daily Mister styled one of our Guns ‘N’ Roses tees with an ultra-cool, edgy vibe. (Sound familiar? Check out our other post featuring a vintage band tee here). See Mac’s full look below and let us know what vintage trends you’re loving right now in the comments.

Daily Mister styles the AEO Band Tee for a vintage, 90s-inspired rocker look.

Meet Mac:
Mac is a Brooklyn based blogger and DJ, when not working full time at a digital communications agency. With his blog, Daily Mister, Mac aims to make menswear fun again with his eclectic fashion sense and irrelevant writing style. His love of fashion, pop culture, music, art, and New York City come together to create a unique social media presence.”

Daily Mister styles the AEO Band Tee for a vintage, 90s-inspired rocker look.

What Inspired Mac’s Look:
“Since I’m wearing band tee of one of my favorite groups I decided to pay homage to classic rock style with some modern upgrades. (Think The Ramones, The Clash, Sex Pistols,etc.) You can never go wrong with all black. When wearing a shirt like this, all you need is a great pair of fitted black jeans and your favorite pair of boots. (Bonus points if they’re worn in!) To take my look to the next level I paired the tee with a leather jacket and a mix of accessories including a wide brim hat and a mix of jewelry. What I love about a good band tee is it’s a great staple piece that can be styled up or down and worn all year round with the right layers.”

Daily Mister styles the AEO Band Tee for a vintage, 90s-inspired rocker look.

Shop the Look: Band T-Shirt | 360 Extreme Flex Slim Jean (Similar) | Reversible Leather Belt (Similar)
Bandana (Similar) | Sunglasses (Similar) | Plain Toe Lug Sole Boot (Similar)

Show us how you’re styling the AEO Band Tee using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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