Today JJ is chatting with Sarah Levey, Co-Founder and CEO of the super dope New York-based hip-hop yoga studio called Y7 Studio. This chick is an innovator, entrepreneur, 200-hour registered yoga instructor, author, and certified Health Coach. Yep, alllllll dat.
After working in Fashion for five years, (remind us of anyone else?) Levey launched Y7 at 26. Since launching in 2013, the Y7 brand has expanded to a super successful bicoastal business with ten studios across New York and Los Angeles!!!! Uniquely positioned—Y7 classes combine 60-minutes of intensity with heat and strength, complemented by deep breathing to calm the mind, all while set to the latest beats (think A$AP Rocky, Rihanna, Drake.) Levey’s goal? Make the practice of yoga more accessible and inclusive in attitude and design, with dark rooms and zero mirrors to eliminate the distraction of physical comparison.
This fabulous lady was named an All-Star Entrepreneur of 2018 by Inc. Magazine and has been featured in Forbes, Vogue, Bazaar, Entrepreneur, Shape, InStyle, Refinery29, Women’s Health and tonzzz more, Levey has earned her success with pure drive and dedication.
Let’s see kinda Savoir Vivre she has to share with us.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Did you go to college and if so, what did you study?
I went to the University of Wisconsin, Madison and majored in Consumer Science.
What did you do prior to Y7?
Before Y7 I was working as an account executive in fashion. I was at a brand called ADDISON for three years before moving on to a multiline showroom until I made the decision to pursue Y7 full time.
What is your beauty routine? What products do you use?
My beauty routine is pretty minimal. For the morning, I wash my face with Cetaphil and then use an SPF moisturizer, Elta MD, RMS Living Luminizer highlighter, Glossier Boy Brow and I am out the door. Because I am always popping in and out of the studios for a class, I try to keep my daily routine very minimal. At night I wash my face again with Cetaphil, followed by Caudalie Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Cream.
How do you eat? Do you have a specific diet?
I have no diet, but I wish I did.
Are you based in NYC?
Yes! I spend most of my time in NYC and am in LA for about a week out of every month depending on my schedule.
How many times a week do you practice yoga?
I try to get into the studio about three times a week.
What’s your favorite restaurant in NY?
And in LA?
Ideas for expansion?
We are looking to expand in a ton of different cities in the US! Chicago, Philly, DC and San Fran are at the top!
How does Y7 shape your individual philosophy on the yoga experience?
Y7 was created out of my philosophy on yoga. It should be carefree, intuitive to your individual body, and beneficial to the mind and body. Allowing you to take what you learn in class into the world.
What advice would you have to a young entrepreneur?
Laugh at yourself, nothing is ever going to be the end of the world. :)