Sarah Levey, Co-Founder of Y7 Studio shares with a bit of her Savoir Vivre

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.

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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?

Lucien.

And in LA? 

Croft Alley.

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. :)

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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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Vinyasa Yoga in Milan {a vinyasa practice at pura vida power yoga in the center of the city}

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The most important address to find while traveling (for me) – is the best yoga studio in the city. I must admit for Milano this was not an easy task. I spent a decent amount of time browsing the web to find the studio that correctly corresponded to my flow based practice. I must say the research was well worth it. Happiness was found at boutique studio Pura Vida Power Yoga. Located in the center of the city, this studio is calm, discrete and sweet. I spent the morning practicing with Claudia Allegreti, who led a harmonious and challenging power flow that started my day on a high note. Pura Vida executes a traditional vinyasa practice focused on inner dialogue to your outward expression. A practice that aims to reduce stress and focus the mind, while challenging your muscles. Let me say they did the job!

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I likewise had the pleasure of speaking with founder and owner Gabriela Estrada, a fellow American expat who has been practicing yoga for nearly two decades. She has lived all around the world and has other new and exciting projects in store, so please keep your eye on the @puravidapoweryoga Instagram for the inside scoop – and most certainly pay a visit to Pura Vida when you are in Milan. It can only add bliss to your visit.

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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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The Hoxton + their fit fest {my hotel of choice that happens to be wellness friendly}

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Me and The Hoxton Hotel Group have been friends for some time now. My love affair with this hotel began a couple of years ago when the chain was much smaller. I stayed at their Shoreditch London location and I can assure you it was pretty much love at first sight. The chill vibe and the fun atmosphere sincerely resonated with me (and still does). They have now expanded to Amsterdam, they have another location in London at Holborn (where I stayed this past weekend) and even location in central Paris. They will soon be opening in Williamsburg, Brooklyn too. While I have yet to visit their Amsterdam location, I can assure you this sweet ambiance is present at all Hoxton locations, and I highly suggest you plan your next trip around one of their special locations.

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This weekend I happened to be in London for a very special event – their Fresh & Fit Fest. For the fourth consecutive year, the Hoxton organized a day congregating the biggest names in fitness, along with the best classes and trainers, the hippest activewear brands and the yummiest healthy foods for an event devoted to well-being. While I missed the boat on many of the fantastic and inspiring talks and fab yoga classes, I spent most of my day at their Health Food Market. Among my favorites were smoothies from Pit & Nut, a Pukka tea stand and a Rude Health tasting.

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It is so exciting to see such special health conscious events happening with such accessibility. Even cooler – The Hoxton offers monthly health events at all of their hotels. HUGE plus, as a guest, you receive a healthy breakfast bag every single morning with fresh yogurt, delicious granola, freshly squeezed orange juice and a banana. Just a quick aside that for me is a deal breaker. Make sure to follow their Instagram @thehoxtonhotel for all the details and subscribe to their newsletter in the bottom of their site’s homepage.

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Photo credit – The Hoxton