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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Real Gifts Made with Love: DIY Holiday Cards

Ho-ho-holiday cards are extra special when you DIY.

What you need:

  • Cardstock Paper
  • Glue
  • Markers/Pens, etc.
  • All The Glitter!

What to do:

  1. Write Your Message In Glue
  2. Sprinkle on the twinkle!
  3. Shake shake, shake it off
  4. Repeat for everyone you love
    Write your message inside
  5. Seal it with a kiss!

What are your DIY gifts this year? Comment below & tell us!

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Real Gifts Made With Love: DIY Mossy Monograms

These have GIFT written all over them!

What you need:

  • Cardboard Letter of Your Choice
  • Green Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Fairy Lights
  • Moss

What to do:

  1. Paint your letter
  2. Add glue
  3. Add moss
  4. Wrap with fairy lights
  5. Give with love!

What are your DIY gifts this year? Comment below & tell us!

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Love is Love 2015

Pittsburgh, Toronto, New York City and San Francisco are not only some of the greatest cities in the world – they also happen to be just a few of the many cities that support a cause that is near and dear to our hearts… Love.

For the third year, American Eagle Outfitters is proud to be a supporter of Pittsburgh Pride on June 13th taking place on the streets of downtown close to our Headquarters. Following Pittsburgh, a series of events will take place starting on June 19th to make up the WorldPride Festival in Toronto.  On June 28th, New York City will kickoff it’s pride events with a rally and on June 27th-28th, San Francisco will host it’s annual themed Pride Celebration. We wanted to support the cause too!  So we designed limited edition tanks and t-shirts for men and women and are selling them online and in select AEO stores!  To help ensure that these events continue to take place all over the globe, we will be donating 15% of the proceeds from every purchase to InterPride. Read on to learn more about InterPride, what they stand for and the amazing work that they do.

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InterPride is the international organization that ties Pride together globally.  Members of their organization are dedicated volunteers who organize and work to put on Pride events all over the world.  InterPride’s Vision is a world where there is full cultural, social and legal equality for all.  InterPride’s Mission is to increase the capacity of their network of LGBTI Pride organizations around the world to raise awareness of cultural, social and legal inequality, and to effect positive change through education, collaboration, advocacy and outreach. InterPride acts as a source of education and a stepping-stone to elevating community interaction for PRIDE events worldwide.  They promote Pride on an international level and increase networking opportunities and communication among Pride Organizations. Learn more at interpride.org.

If you are going to one of these events or live close by, check out the following United States and Canada stores that are selling the shirts: SoHo, Times Square, 34th Street, Union Square, San Fran Center, Ross Park, South Side Works and available in the following Canada locations: Queens Street West, Eaton Centre and St. Cats.

Going to a Pride event? Tell us where in the comments below.

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How to Wear the Hi-Rise Shortie with Love, Lenore

Our Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie in Light Destroy hit just in time for summer. Like the rest of our Denim X collection, these shorties are designed in revolutionary high performance stretch that won’t bag out and hugs your curves in all the right ways.

Blogger Jacy from Love, Lenore goes for a classic look by pairing hers with a striped tee and straw hat.

How to Wear the Hi-Rise Shortie with Love, Lenore

Meet Jacy:
“Hi guys! I’m Jacy Overstreet, blogger behind Love, Lenore (my middle name, passed down through my family). I live in Missouri with my hubby and two rescue dogs, and my blog is all about everyday chic style that’s attainable for real life and real budgets. During the week I work in education PR where I have to dress up, so outside of work I love casual, laid-back pieces that allow me to show off my style in comfort!”

How to Wear the Hi-Rise Shortie with Love, Lenore

What Inspired Jacy’s Look:
“I don’t know if there’s a more iconic summer clothing item than high-rise denim shorts! They’re the epitome of classic summer cool, and can take you from the beach to a family BBQ and anywhere in between. The Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie is made with soft denim with lots of stretch for a really comfortable and flattering fit that I was so impressed with. For this look I went back to some tried and true classics to create an easy go-to summer outfit. Stripes are always a summer favorite of mine because you can mix and match them with so much, so I went with a comfortable striped tee that feels both effortless and timeless when paired with denim shorts. To top off my look I added one of my very favorite accessories – a classic straw hat – and then tied everything together with strappy sandals and a cross-body bag.”

How to Wear the Hi-Rise Shortie with Love, Lenore

Get Jacy’s Look: Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie | Soft & Sexy Striped T-Shirt (Similar) Double T-Strap Sandal (Similar) | Straw Fedora (Similar)How to Wear the Hi-Rise Shortie with Love, Lenore How to Wear the Hi-Rise Shortie with Love, Lenore

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How to Wear the Soft Pant with Love, Olia

When it comes to soft, boho inspired layers, the Soft Pant should always be your first go-to. Made for summer, this lightweight, ultra comfortable pant pairs perfectly with your favorite tanks.

Boho beauty Olia from Love, Olia styles her favorite Wide Leg Soft Pant, proving that a bold paisley print is always a good idea.

How to Wear the Wide Leg Soft Pant with Love, Olia

What Inspired Olia’s Look:
“Being from San Diego, my looks are typically geared towards So-Cal effortless looks which is why I LOVED this AEO wide leg pant so much. It’s the perfect pant for Spring/Summer and I wanted to show off a boho inspired look which could easily transition to vacation wear as well. A pant like this speaks for itself which is why I chose a simple white top to go with it as to not distract from the pant. I finished the look with an easy straw hat to add that extra bit of summer elegance.”
How to Wear the Wide Leg Soft Pant with Love, Olia

Shop Olia’s Look: Wide Leg Soft Pant | Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt (Similar) | Double T-Strap Sandal (Similar) | Straw Sun Hat (Similar) | Colorblock Tote (Similar)

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