I've met many friends in real life that I initially met on Instagram (some of my closest friends actually!). I've traveled with them, laughed with them, created with them, and confided in them. Social media may seem silly to many, but it's ability to connect vast amounts of people from across the world within similar communities is unparalleled. Leveraging social media gives many brands that extra edge over their competition, regardless of the industry. When thinking about the yoga community, what is it that makes some yoga profiles better than others?
I met the gorgeous and talented Alexis Franklin (aka Yoga Warrior Goddess) earlier in 2015 after we formed an Instagram relationship. She participated in our challenge called #WakeUpYogis and caught everyone's attention with her fantastic photos and graceful yoga practice. We started chatting and instantly formed a close bond. She came to LA to and we met there and had a lovely time getting to know one another! Since then, we've spent a lot of time together both in person, on the phone, on Skype, and through Instagram, collaborating on many projects together (like each designing a pair of yoga shorts for Daughters of Culture, photoshoots, challenges, a future retreat, our blog launches, and more)! It's been a challenge for me to meet really solid people both professionally and personally and if there's one thing I can say about Alexis is that she's a solid woman. She's reliable, hardworking, organized, motivated, and talented!
Who is @BodyRockGems
Body Rock Gems is a super cute, small company founded by the lovely Yogi Renee-Marie Brewster of out Los Angeles, California. The line of jewelry uses precious stones, fine silver, gold and features body chains, rings, bracelets and more. Everything is hand-mand and custom orders are accepted.
Who is @Karma_Collective
Karma Collective was founded by Cordia Chan. She started the brand after 10 days at a silent meditation retreat led her to the vision. Now that Karma Collective has come to life through this experience and through the charity of others, they "aim to share good karma through [their] apparel and hope to inspire and empower you, like it did for [them], to give back."
Who is @Malabella_Jewelry
Malabella Jewelry in a newer small company passionate about creativity with crystals and gemstones. Stemmed from the founder's desire to find the ideal Mala for her intentional meditation practice, she taught herself how to make jewelry when she couldn't find any pieces she felt connected to. Things evolved from there and Malabella was born!
This week - play to win a mala from @Malabella_Jewelry!
On Instagram, follow, repost, and like to win! Full rules below! You have until Wednesday 12 pm PST to enter and win.
Who is @JalaClothing
Jala Clothing has their offices in Southern California and was founded by Kelly Kolterman in 2008. The word Jala means "sacred waters of life" in Sanskrit. For designers and lovers of Jala alike, this metaphor of water symbolizes "transformation, creativity, and adaptability". The logo for Jala has a lotus flower to stand for the infinite possibilities we have within our Self and the ability to connect with Source, or "a higher consciousness". Jala's become known for their "soft buttery fabrics, comfortable flowing styles and positive designs fuse mindfulness, yoga and fashion".
This week - play to win a Chakra Top from @JalaClothing!
Sponsor for Week 7 of #JetSetYogi Summer Giveaway
Summer is in full effect and I've been getting my tan on at the beach each weekend while working hard each week to bring you fun challenges and giveaways! My current yoga challenge, #DaughtersOfYoga is on Day 3 and it's WEEK 7 of #JetSetYogi! Whoa - time flies! I'm super excited about this week's sponsor so let's get to know a little more about them.
Who is @YogaTravelTree
Yoga Travel Tree is a boutique yoga and travel adventure company that specializes in yoga retreats & teacher trainings all over the world as well as teaching about the business of yoga. Their adventures go all over from Bali, to India, to Costa Rica (with me!), to Mexico, to Italy, and everywhere around there and in between there.
Who is @UdayaYoga: UDAYA produces and manages the distribution of high quality yoga content and health and wellness programs like The Ultimate Yogi, Yoga Warrior 365, and Deepen Your Practice. They own Udaya.com, an online subscription based platform for the distribution of it’s HD yoga classes and fitness related content. Members receive 5 new yoga classes a week, unlimited access to the entire online library, Free Shipping on all products within the continental USA, & more.