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

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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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Good Vibes with Ingrid Seynhaeve, former Top Model and founder of June 7.2

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Who?

Ingrid Seynhaeve!!

Ingrid and I met at Studio Pier 59 in New York City when she was working as a model and I was helping to assist on the job. I immediately adored her infectious laughter and her very sweet and calm sincerity. Today we are here at brand June 7.2’s showroom and her Parisian home in the 16th arrondissement of Paris to talk about what she does to keep those good vibes flowing and that smile beaming.

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Tell us a little bit about where you?

Belgium, in a small little village (only 10,000 people) called Nenen on the border of France and Belgium, it’s near Bruges. I never moved as a child and family still lives there! I literally went on a plane for the first time for my first modeling job when 16 and I was so nervous that I threw up the whole way. I also got incredibly lost at the airport. I didn’t even know what a gate meant.

Your career?

My father was super strict and would only let me model on weekends and school holidays, but somehow I managed to make it work. When I turned 18, my agency chose me to represent Belgium in the Global Contest – Elite Model Look. The finals were in New York and I went, with only 100 dollars in my wallet. At the time I even was signed up for Economics and Languages at University, plans of being a fulltime model were not a part of the plan… But funny enough, I actually won the competition. When I called my parents to tell them the “good news” they were incredibly devastated and all around shocked … But I decided to stay in New York after the competition and I didn’t end up leaving for 17 years.

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Your man?

I met my husband, Gio in Paris when she was shooting a movie. He had lead role and decided to kiss me in our scene together, except that it wasn’t a part of the script… I complained to the director, but Gio managed to persuade him to keep the scene. I guess after all the kiss was meant to be there J 3 months later he asked for my number, (he needed a Belgium model for his movie.) This is when the romance began. We did back and forth for 8 years. He lived in Paris and I lived in New York. It was kinda tricky, so when our second son Hayden was born, I moved to join Gio with the kids in Paris. We’ve been here for 7 years, but now its time for a new adventure! Miami baby.

Your alarm rings at…

7 :30 am.

What’s your first thought when waking up?

That’s an easy one – that I haven’t slept enough. Even though I need a lot of sleep, there’s always something going on. And I need my TV at night. So the TV turns on too late and I go to bed too late and then I’m tired the next day. The crazy cycle of my crazy life!

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How do you start the day with good vibes?

I take a deep breath and realize that I am damn crazy lucky. My family is healthy, I am healthy and everything else is extra. I have lots of gratitude. Gratitude for the beautiful day that lies ahead and I always always start the day with a smile. 

Your breakfast?

I start the day very fresh and nutritious. It’s usually granola, and fresh berries with hemp milk, goji seeds, hemp seeds and oatmeal. Oh and let’s not forget my coffee. I really need my coffee.

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Your spiritual side?

I love the 10-minute meditation – “10 Minutes of Happiness.” In an ideal world, I do the 10 minutes in the morning. I should wake up earlier to do this but it’s usually pretty hard. And if I wake up at 7:30 there’s no time for meditation. So this doesn’t happen as much as I would like, but I try and make up for it later in the day. I try and make the time for my 10 minutes of happiness everyday!

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How you stay fit?

I love Barre flow, Pilates and Yoga. I go to Le Tigre Chaillot at least 2 times a week. I actually really really love Pilates; the machines are my go to workout. This keeps me centered and balanced.

Your beauty secrets?

I have a facial every 1 to 2 months, with extractions and peelings at the end. But for more frequent skin refreshment, I scrub once a week and do a fruit enzyme mask and a glycolic mask every two weeks. For me, it is essential to take care of of my skin. My favorite products are from Christine Chin and Doctor Obagi (his under eye skin care is magic). As for masks, I like pretty much anything from Whole Foods. My absolute favorite brand is Clarins! Everything they make and do is just magic!!

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Your perfect morning?

I’m excited because because this will happen everyday when I move to Miami! My day will start with stretching on the terrace, looking over to the sunrise on bay with a couple of sun salutations. Pure bliss. Then time for coffee and to get the kids ready for school. After I drop them off I will do my Pilates workout and have a fresh breakfast of local fruits, grains and cold pressed juice. What could be better?

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Self-love when you travel?

When I travel I actually have more time to take care of myself. To disconnect, I read on the plane – it is my moment of solitude. I almost always book a massage when I get to the hotel and then I do a bit of shopping therapy. I love to treat myself when I am away even if it’s for work! This includes meditation. When I’m traveling I find the time to meditate. Breakfast is also a very important moment on my travel schedule. I make sure to have a lovely and healthy breakfast. If I can’t find something healthy on the menu at the hotel, I google to see where I can have a nice acai bowl or a cold pressed juice. Starting the day on a positive note is essential. This is why I even run in the park in a local park when I can. Getting oxygen flowing to the brain is so good. It’s perfect for attacking a busy day!

Current mantra?

To see the positive side of everything and learn from criticism. To see through the maladroit. To learn.

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Ingrid Seynhaeve is the fashion designer and founder of Parisian clothing brand June 7.2. This former top model will soon leave her Parisian life behind for a new chapter in Miami with her husband, Gio Iera, founder of franchise IT Trattoria and two sons Hayden and Lukas.

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Where Creative Energies and Minds Meet in Paris {bliss studio, a place for bohemian creativity}

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Not long ago through my Instagram travels, I stumbled upon Bliss Studio. The warm and welcoming logo lured me in and I found myself browsing their Instagram page and soon their website for more information. I had finally found one of the missing voids here in Paris. A place for people to connect on a creative, spiritual and intellectual level. A space for people like us.

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Bliss Studio is located near Republique in central Paris. It is a place full of life and is truly dedicated “to promoting bohemian creativity, nourishing inspiration and encouraging ambitious and creative minds”, says founder and owner Hanna. This place is a manifestation of everything Hanna is, a place overflowing with positive energy, creativity, kind people, listening, and sharing. Bliss is defined as “the highest level of happiness” and this is what she hopes to evoke in her peaceful and calm setting. But what really happens at Bliss? Well, it entails not only a co-working space, but also a creative space where Hanna holds events ranging from popup stores and drum concerts, to yoga classes and meditation sessions.

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I must say I felt the bliss in this space. The positive energy inside envelops you in the best way possible. Please stay tuned on my Instagram @jjchase and Facebook page for events being held at Bliss. Hanna and I have a few ideas brewing together too. Don’t forget to check out the Bliss page as well for more information. Cheers to the beginning of many new happy and great things in Paris with Bliss Studio.

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Top two well-being tips to stick to your resolutions {a giveaway from inscape + a personal journal to become the best you}

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Blue Monday has come and gone, but it is never to late to take on a new resolution, or jumpstart an old one. My giveaway with Inscape is the perfect opportunity. The winner will be selected tomorrow, so please act quickly. Entering is simple, follow me @jjchase and @inscape on Instagram, and comment here or on any of my Instagram photos with the hashtag #SitAnywhere including your favorite place to meditate. In return you could win a free month’s use of the Inscape application. Not so bad, right?

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I also want to share with you a new addition to my daily well-being, journaling. I have found it to be an incredible outlet for expressing my goals, hopes, wishes and even failures. I have been using a very special journaling tool, called Practice You, by Elena Brower. Inside you will find many tools and opportunities to express how you feel, who you are are, while discovering your inner strength and power. The book is available in France on Amazon. Please check out Elena’s lovely website for more information.

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Want instant Good Vibes {make your dreams come true with the fabulous mama moon candles and potions}

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We usually burn candles for a scent or odor we enjoy, right? What if there was a candle that emitted energies that were sometimes healing, other times loving and often even cleansing? If this fabulous idea sounds just as fabulous to you as it does to me, then you will have met your match. Mama Moon Candles is it. As owner and creator Semra says it herself “these candles are infused with positive energy, healing and the manifestation of all things meta-physical through the mystique and magic of a flickering flame. “

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I recently got my hands on a Love Manifestation candle, which is infused with Oud and Rose. Oud is believed to draw your lover close to you with its rich and hypnotic scent. Roses are a powerful symbol of love. A rose scent can attract love and bring inspiration and luck in to your home. Let’s just say I’m feeling the love in my place. Each candle comes along with a little manifestation suggestion. For this one Sema suggests to breathe in deep and visualize gratitude for all the love in your life, let it wash over you and manifest what you want. If that doesn’t scream good vibes only, I don’t does.

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Mama also recently launched a line of magic potions. These purifiers allow us to cleanse and health, by sending out only the most positive vibrations into the world. I’m currently using the Spiritual Bleach potion, which clears negativity; bringing peace comfort and healing. Each potion has a different purpose and magical energy (akin to Mama candles). I wholeheartedly confirm that these products are just awesome and will change your life. I am a super fan. Please visit their site for more info on the products and where you can find them.

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No time for personal well-being? Now you do. {yoga connect is here to save you}

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So we all know it’s super difficult to find time for ourselves. Yoga classes and meditation sessions alway seem to come at the wrong times, unless we have truly blocked these moments into our schedule. Carving out this personal time for well-being is just simply not as evident as we may like it to be. But we can fix this. I have a solution for you. It’s called Yoga Connect.YOGA CONNECT 1

Yoga Connect is a internet platform that allows you to practice anytime and anywhere. Best of all, you get your first 15 days for free. So no excuses for not giving it a shot. But this platform is not solely for devoted yogis, but also has meditation options, specialized workshop (right now they have an awesome creativity and flexibility workshop with two of my favorite yoga teachers, Tatiana and Alexander, um yes?) and retreat options! Honestly, what could be better. OH, just one thing. They also have an app, available for download on the AppStore. Safe to say, I highly recommend this super tool to cultivate self awareness and practice self care with ease. For more information check out their website.

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