Sitting down with Khajak Keledjian, Founder and CEO of INSCAPE – pretty much the most awesome place to meditate.

Khajak Keledjian Inscape

Today we are sitting down with Khajak Keledjian, former Intermix CEO and now the Founder and CEO of INSCAPE and talking about his routines and Savoir Vivre.

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What time do you wake up? / What is your morning routine?

  • I wake up at 4:45AM. The Ayurvedic teachings say to wake up around 1.5 hours before sunrise.

  • 5 mins of daydreaming in bed and breathing to acclimate before touching phone

  • Spend 15 mins washing up / brushing teeth, etc…

  • 45 mins of yoga listening to chants and mantras or a mixture of Russian and Tibetan body movement

  • 30 mins of advanced pranayama/breathing.

  • 30-45 minutes of meditation; 1 hour sometimes on weekends

  • Reading NY Times + some Emails  next

  • 20 mins of learning to play piano with the Simply Piano app

  • My daughters, Dalita and Ava, 4 and 2, wake up. We read a chapter of a book and I make them some masala Chai tea, they call it “special” tea, or we’re simply playful and play hide & seek

  • Shower and sit with the family while they have breakfast

  • Sometimes a quick play on the gongs because my daughter Ava loves to play with me. She’s two and a half and even likes to ride her bike right into the gongs.

What do you have for breakfast?

Before I start my yoga, I have hot water with lemon.  Later in the morning I have my daily juice which is a blend of grapefruit, lemon, cayenne, olive oil, garlic powder, flaxseed and ginger — it’s good for the liver.

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What time do you go to bed? Bedtime ritual?

I kiss my daughters goodnight and hug my wife. I meditate and sometimes I read a book or I listen to Dream Journey in the sleep section of the Inscape app. I go to bed at 10:30 and my eyes are closed by 10:45-11PM.

What do you do for exercise?

Twice a week I swap my yoga portion of the morning with rowing, cycling or the elliptical.

How many emails do you get a day? How many do you respond to?

We do the best we can. My assistant prioritizes and we start with the important ones. For the rest, we try not to feel guilty for not getting around to all of them right away … sometimes it’s just not possible.

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What is the last book you read?

These books aren’t the most recent ones that I’ve read but they are really great:

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

This is a great book because Dr Joe Dispenza explains how our brains work and helps us understand, in a scientific way, why our thoughts create who we are. It’s a practical, pragmatic book.

Mind is Your Business / Body is the Greatest Gadget

Sadhguru shows in this book how a human being can help to find and raise him or herself above mind and body with practical explanations to expand awareness and ultimate possibilities, to live life to its fullest potential. I gift everyone this book.

Where is the most special place in the world to you to meditate?

I have meaningful and deep meditations inside the dome at Inscape or when listening to a soundscape in our app simply laying on the beach.   Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan is an amazing place to meditate, and I also had an unforgettable meditation experience in the Temple of Burning Man. A few months ago, I did a Sacred Walk in the Himalayas with the Isha Foundation, led by Sad Ghuru. Those were very unique moments in special environments. 15,000 altitude

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What is your drink of choice?

I don’t drink often, but I do have a Stella Artois now and then. When we worked with them this past Summer to create a mindful, sensory experience about how to properly drink a beer, it was authentic since I do like their beer.

Coffee or tea?

I prefer Tea (decaffeinated) over coffee because coffee increases my heart rate.

What is on your current playlist?

I like a variety of music but really enjoy music by Viken Arman, Blondish, and Bedouin.

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Do you have a beauty routine? What products do you use?

I use a dry brush before I shower.  I use a crystal face roller with uma oils from Inscape to hydrate my skin.

What is your favorite café? Where is it?

I don’t typically like going to cafes because they can be very loud and crowded. Recently I have been going to Made By We,  it’s great to get a space to grab a coffee and catch up on work or have a meeting.

What is your favorite restaurant? Where is it?

I don’t have a one go to restaurant as I always like exploring new restaurants, but do enjoy ABC V, Cosme, and Bluehill at Stone Barn.

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix?

Minimalism

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What is your go to homemade meal?

I love eating Lebanese Mezze with tabouli, hummus, lentils, subreg etc.

What is your biggest vice?

Chocolate

What do you do to relax?

Yoga & Meditation

NYC or LA? 

NYC. I enjoy the energy and diversity of New York. New York is very convenient to get around unlike to LA and has so much to do. I also need the four seasons.

Where would you like to travel to that you have never been?

I would like to travel to the Arctic to see polar bears & the Northern Lights.

Beach or mountains?

This one is difficult for me to separate the two. Growing up in Lebanon, I could do both in the same day.  I could ski in the morning in April and go to the beach in the afternoon. I’m not sure I can choose one or the other because I love them both.

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JUNE7.2 {from nyc to paris to la, this brand makes comfort look sexy and cool}

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Today I am sharing with you a brand that I am so pleased and proud to present (and represent), June7.2. For me – this brand is so much more than comfortable clothes that look great and are made with love, it is an entire lifestyle.

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June7.2 was started by International model Ingrid Seynhaeve and Argentinian designer Jacquie Moroni, two girlfriends of many years. As these chics share the same fashion sense they decided to recreate the t-shirt. They wanted it to make a t-shirt that both looked and felt like second skin – the t-shirt that got cooler and looser with each wear. How did they do it? Well, as they say, “living between Los Angeles, New York and Paris, inspired by the West coast free spirit, NY lifestyle and individualistic spirit and Paris’ craftsmanship. JUNE7.2 was born.”

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The effortless look and feel of their clothes comes so naturally. Their line has now grown to include dresses, skirts and sweats (even more options are to come). Their pieces are subtle yet sexy, relaxed yet constructed. I feel so happy and comfortable in June7.2. It gives me that sense of girl power I need, while being comfortable AND chic. Every detail is carefully considered, from the signature seam embroidered red arrows to the NO7.2 stamp. Each piece is so heavily inspired by the brand’s DNA, a factor I find the most important in this day and age of fashion.

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June7.2 is available in boutiques all around the world and for purchase on their online site. It is truly the only place to turn to for the kinda clothes girls like us are looking for. As June7.2 promises (and I comply), their brand is shaped by a “laid back style that makes every woman feel confident in their own body; the woman who can wear the same tee shirt for every occasion no matter where she goes – casual cool by day and tucked in for classy chic by night.” I don’t know about you – but that woman is most certainly me. June7.2, you rock ( and you make us feel like we do too). Check out their site and Instagram (@June7.2) for more info.

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Photo credit – Becca Gerbino

Mantra Raw Vegan {the best vegan raw vegetarian spot in milan, and probably all of italy}

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Best healthy address of Milan is HANDS down, Mantra Raw Vegan. This awesome spot is ideal for any and everyone interested in healthy and delicious juices, meals and desserts. I must admit, I have yet to find a spot that compares in Paris. Mantra Raw combines a market, where snacks, seeds, superfoods, cold pressed juices, teas and sweets are available for purchase as well as a fully functioning restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner. I had the pleasure of stopping by for a bite and a juice while in Milan.

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Owner and founder Marina insisted on preparing me their house signature and best seller – TOSTAVO. This delectable is a composition of raw bread, dehydrated for 18 hours, with mashed avocado, cold smoked cherry tomatoes, marinated fennel and edible flowers. It was not only beautiful but supper yummy. Likewise, I tasted and very much enjoyed a coconut tiRAWmisu (ha ha – it’s true though) that Is caffeine free! Perfect for those looking for cut back on their caffeine or that are very sensitive to caffeine in the evening hours (like me). And finally, to drink, the Mantra cold pressed AUMARANCIONE. A juice consisting of carrots, oranges and lemon. Oh la la, incredibly fresh and wonderful.

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I truly do not have enough positive things to say about this wonderful place. It has everything you could ever want or need to feel good and eat right. Its pretty much worth a trip to Milan just to try this raw utopia. Please follow them on Instagram for some serious food porn @mantraw and check out their site for more information.

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The Best Vegan Lunch Box in Paris {is found at la guinguette d’angèle, the woman who helped started the well-being revolution in paris}

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I may not be a vegan, but I most certainly enjoy a yummy vegan meal. It seems like a new address pops up every day in Paris, but my heart still lies with the woman who started it all – Angèle. I discovered La Guinguette d’Angèle while working at A.P.C., where her famous lunchboxes frequented our photoshoot sets. It was always the best kind of day when the shoot was catered by Angèle.

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The business has now expanded and is no longer just a catering service. There are now two storefront locations in Paris, one in the first, for take away only (34 rue Coquillère) and a takeaway AND eat in location in the eleventh (2 Rue du Général Renault). She also has her own line of granola, kale chips (and much more) and 2 cookbooks! I stopped by to eat lunch there today and it was well worth the visit.

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Lunch started with their daily lunch box, a mixture of organic and vegan ingredients including homemade beet hummus, salad, grains and a lentil pea salad. Simple and very light but excellent. Thus, I could not help but to treat myself to a piece of her delicious vegan, gluten free banana bread for dessert – and oh yes, it was good. The perfect end to a incredibly vitamin rich and delicious meal that left me feeling happy. I highly recommend this spot to anyone looking for a nutritious meal that tastes good and really makes you feel good. For more information, check out her website.

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Meet the Yoginist {Caroline Perrineau is a parisian based yoga teacher that truly radiates positive energy in and out}

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On a sunny Saturday morning last May I decided to change my routine. I decided to try a new teacher and a newly opened studio. This moment turned into a weekly (at the very least) practice with a beautiful and all around wonderful teacher inside and out. Let me introduce you to Caroline Perrineau.

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Born in Grenoble and bred in Paris, Caroline studied and worked in the field of sustainability for 10 years. Her work brought her to many different cities around the world and even ended up living in Shanghai for nearly 6 years. Caroline discovered yoga 2012 and her life was forever changed. The yoga practice gave her a sense of strength and peace that she needed to align what she loved with what she wanted. After teacher training in Indonesia, Caroline became a full-time yoga teacher in 2015.

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Caroline’s classes are vinyasa based, combining strength and flexibility with a dynamic sequence. Her radiating and contagious good energy lifts my spirits after every single class – for real. Caroline teaches private classes, at corporate institutions and at YUJ Yoga. She has also recently created her own class at Elephant Paname every Saturday from 4:30-5:30 pm and will be hosting a workshop in London on 8th of March combining yoga and self development coaching. (Trip to London anyone?) Please check out her website for more information and do trust me on this radiating and inspiring human being (Vogue trusts her too if that helps).  (She also has a really awesome Instagram page @theyoginist).
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Yoga Wear for Powerful Women {the brand is called ana heart and it’s very close to my heart}

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of the big name yoga clothing brands – but it’s pretty hard to find a brand like Ana Heart that takes things just a little further. A brand that isn’t just about that perfect legging that makes you feel like a million bucks, or that sports bra and keeps everything tucked in comfortably. This is why I vibe so hard with Ana Heart.

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Ana Heart is a British Yoga clothing and lifestyle brand founded by women that share a image of the ideal woman (and their story is really dope click here for more info). For them, she is powerful yet feminine, seducing and active – a little bit rock and roll, and vibrates positive energy. Dude – I couldn’t agree anymore with their statement. This vision portrays my ideal woman, and the woman I aspire to be. The Ana Heart philosophy is clear in their clean cut, yet sexy, all around cool designs. If I could live in their stuff I most certainly would. They use only the softest most comfortable fabric (of excellent quality bien sûr). The line includes everything from chic sweatpants, to the perfect yoga ensemble.

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I am truly proud to represent this brand as a brand ambassador and be a part of their squad. P.s. The Ana Heart DNA is based on “Urban Peace”, a topic very close to my heart. This brand speaks to me entirely and I know it will speak to you in one way or another. Please check their online shop for more information.
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