What I didn’t know three years ago.

Three years ago I didn’t know what it felt like to sell something I created with my hands.

I didn’t know that I was lost when I wasn’t making something beautiful.

I didn’t know that I was scared, sad, alone. I didn’t.

I didn’t know that people admired me.

I didn’t know that I could create something for someone I didn’t know and that it would be incredibly meaningful to them.

I didn’t know the incredible feeling of building a business from scratch. The feeling of clawing and scraping without any clue of what to do.

I didn’t know what it would feel like to figure it out one piece at a time and to find the right people who could guide me.

I didn’t know the fucking amazing feeling of watching it grow. Knowing it’s growing on my back and my blood, sweat and tears – And not only that, but feeling it must also have its own life and heart.

I didn’t know, and couldn’t have imagined, the path and the opportunities that would arise.

I didn’t know how much I loved working with yoga and meditation studios to create a piece specifically for their communities. (Seriously, that is one of my favorite things!)

I certainly didn’t know that strangers would start recognizing me because of my mala and tell me that they owned one of my pieces. (WOW!)

I didn’t know that I was as powerful and creative and intuitive as I am. I went to art school and I somehow forgot I am an artist.

Love by E gave me all of these things and so much more.

This beautiful business of mine, which I am so proud of, has taught me so much about myself and about this world; how lovely it is and how special it is to connect with each other through creative expression.

Three years ago, on May 1, 2014, when I launched my website and Stranded, a collection of 9 malas, I thought I was giving something a try. I thought I was going to sell a couple of mala a month for students or friends. I thought I would try, but I thought I might fail.

I didn’t know.

Three years later and Love by E is still a baby business. And I can’t wait to see where it grows, and where I grow in the years to come. I am grateful every single day for the privilege of this work. My work both as a yoga teacher for the last 11 years and this new layer of my being. I am so grateful for the space that allows me to be me.

I am especially grateful to every one of you who supports Love by E, and thus supports me! Whether you’ve bought from me many times before or you are just wandering onto this site for the first time, your presence and your energy contribute and I could not do this without you.

With a deep bow and my utmost respect, Thank you.

Love,
E

I’m still Inspired!

The Inspired Collection was one of the greatest ideas I’ve brought to Love by E. It’s a way for me to honor strong women, the women who keep me going in one way or another when I need to be uplifted; sometimes when I need to be straight carried through.

In 2015 I launched Inspired with malas codesigned with 9 teachers who were mentors and role models to me as a Yogi. Many of you reading this may have discovered me through one of these wonderful women who mean so much to me. The first Inspired Collection was a huge success!

Next month I am relaunching Inspired with some of these mentors as well as many new amazing women that I just can’t WAIT to introduce you to. Each has come up with a sweet and thoughtful mala with me, and in a few weeks I’ll be showing you what I’m up to! Make sure you’re on my email list if you want to be the first to know!

In the meantime… There are only three designs still in stock from the first Inspired Collection! These are actually some of the best selling pieces, the Purpose Mala, the Connection Mala, and the Earth Three Quarter Mala. I simply happen to have a few supplies left for these! There are only one or two of each design, and they are deeply discounted while they last. See these beauties and purchase here.

And take a moment to comment below and tell me who or what you are inspired by!!

So much love,

E


Inspired by :: Elena Brower

The first time I met Elena Brower was at Wanderlust Stratton in 2011. I adored her from that moment to this one and beyond. Her teaching is authentic and real. She isn’t afraid to reveal her process, to change her mind, and she continues to explore and evolve. In the time I have known her she has transitioned from Anusara to Kundalini to Katonah Yoga, and has integrated all she’s learned along the way. I see a lot of my own teaching and my own path in her journey, and I can only hope to become a teacher like Elena in my own future. Elena’s teaching speaks right to me, every time I see her I leave feeling clearer, more motivated and happier.

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In 2013 I began Elena’s year long Art of Attention training. Amidst a group of 34 other women discovering themselves and willing to dive into this work, we became a tribe of lovers. The energy that Elena began grew into a family and truly special community that I am honored to continue to be a part of. This is one of her gifts, Elena is able to dream something and then send it out into the world to grow all on it’s own. We all benefit from her sharing, and we all share in our own right.

Community may be the biggest gift I have received as a student of Elena’s. Not only her incredible friendship (she will answer my texts or emails to lend support even as she steps onto an airplane!), but the community that has sprung up through my studentship with Elena. My lady tribe. It was this community that inspired me and supported me as I began Love by E, and so many other monumental moments in my life.

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Elena’s contribution to the Inspired collection was designed with community in mind. The Empower Half Mala is for teachers, Clear Quartz to create clarity and hold your highest intention. Rainbow Moonstone and Smoky Quartz for Ajna and Muladhara, your Third Eye and your Root Chakras. For softness and grounding, for teachers and eternal students. 

Thank you, Elena, for being a light that has shown me my way.

Introducing :: The Inspired Collection

I’ve been sitting on some truly big news for MONTHS now, and I am SO happy I can finally tell you about the Inspired Collection, launching June 15!

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the Divine Feminine Necklace, one of the pieces available as part of the Inspired Collection

This super special collection of mala beads, wrist wraps and precious wire necklaces is in line with my usual obsession with high quality gems and beautiful things; AND, this collection has a special twist! Each of the Mala and Half Mala beads included in the collection were co-designed and inspired by the amazing yoga teachers who have played important roles in my life.

Without these women, I can ABSOLUTELY share that I would not be where or who I am today. They have each played pivotal roles in shifting my perspective and bringing me home to my own heart. These are my teachers, I can never bow to them humbly enough or express the gratitude that I have for them.

This collection is meant to honor these women and share this immense love in my heart with all of you!

In the coming weeks I’ll be writing in depth about each woman and the part they’ve played in my life (and some sneak previews of the pieces they’ve helped me create!)

For now, wondering who has filled my heart so sweetly? Here’s a list of the Goddesses who have inspired, well, Inspired:

Tiffany Cruikshank 

Chrissy Carter

Jillian Pransky

Cyndi Lee

Elena Brower

Sarah Platt Finger

Katie Braja

Jean Koerner

Erica Jago

(I TOLD you I’m so excited!)

I can not wait to share more with you, including previews and stories about how these women have helped me find myself, become myself and love myself.

Much love,

E

the power of mantra

These days the percentage of yoga classes that include mantra is rather small. In fact, fewer and fewer yoga classes are using the Sanskrit names of asana(yoga postures), or any Sanskrit at all. Personally, I’m okay with that. I prescribe to the theory that the more people in the world who are introduced to yoga, the better the world will be. And even an introduction to completely physical, American-ized yoga in a noisy gym is an introduction that leads many students to discover the history, tradition, and science behind the practice. Many wonderful teachers took their first yoga class in a gym.

With that said, I also love the traditional aspects of yoga. My idea of vacation includes bringing a couple of anatomy books and a 1,000 page reference book about the Chakras. (Yes, that was what was packed in my Omega suitcase and I was happy all week). My teaching comes from my study of the energy body and physical body alike, and my practice revolves around the alignment between these parts of Self.

What I love about mantra is that it bridges the gap between our physical and energetic bodies, as does the breath. I’ve spent a little time (and really, far less than I’d like) studying with Manorama, a renowned Sanskrit scholar and lovely woman. She taught me that Sanskrit is a language that was built around vibration, and the vibrations of Sanskrit words are intended to affect us both physically and energetically. It’s my experience that when I chant I am connecting with different parts of my body and I’m also feeling a change in mood and in my energy, as in other forms of meditation.

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a 108 bead mala from Love by E

Traditionally, Mantras are chanted in sets of 9, or multiples of 9, with the most popular variations being 9, 21, 27, 54 and 108. This is where mala beads get their 108 beads from. Malas have been used in many cultures for millennia to count recitations of a mantra, and it’s said that if you practice this way with regularity and devotion, your mala will absorb the power of the mantra. Many people still use mala for their intended purpose, while countless others have adopted a practice of wearing a mala as a spiritual reminder or for their beauty.

You can also chant mantra without mala, counting on your fingers to track the number of times you have chanted. You can learn mantra in class, by asking a teacher, even through popular yoga music or online. The traditional way to find your mantra is to find a teacher trained in this kind of meditation, through your study with them you will receive a personal mantra meant to work with your energy.

If you are not experienced in this kind of meditation, one easy way to introduce yourself to mantra is to start with the Western version, affirmations. An affirmation is a positive statement that you repeat to help you manifest your goals, or remind you of your worth, etc. You can choose your own affirmation and set reminders to yourself to say it aloud throughout the day, or sit in meditation repeating this phrase silently. Gabby Bernstein is one wonderful teacher who uses both affirmation and mantra in her work, and I highly recommend her books. If this is a practice that resonates with you, you may want to learn more about mantra and the rich tradition of chanting in Sanskrit.

My knowledge of this tradition is limited, but I practice mantra meditation daily for a few months now and have found it to be an amazing method with many benefits. Are you interested in learning more? Do you have personal experience with Sanskrit mantra or affirmations? Continue this conversation, leave a comment below.