Sasha Nelson is an international yoga and meditation instructor, wellness consultant, and sustainability enthusiast. She supports communities and individuals to integrate wellness practices into their modern lifestyles. An avid traveler, she seeks to discover and introduce yogic principles and practices in the form of food and culture worldwide. Sasha is committed to an earth-conscious lifestyle from the food we eat to the products we purchase and the way we live. A Fashion Merchandising MFA graduate from Academy of Art University emphasizing eco-friendly fashion, she collaborates with brands who stress the importance of sustainable and fair-trade initiatives. Visit sashayogawellness.com to join the community and spread the health.
To serve my community in the best and most effective way possible, remembering and trusting that I am fully supported/guided.
“To matcha or not to matcha?” “You are awesome; keep going.” “What’s for/when is lunch/dinner?” “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
To act consciously out of love instead of reacting out of fear or anxiety.
To observe and listen well, without judgement. To smile at/with people.
Nourish and love yourself, just as you are, every day. Drink water. Laugh.
What do you love most about Your City?
Brooklyn and NYC inhabit some of the most amazing and diverse people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Everyone and everything here is at your fingertips, from fitness to food to art to spirituality. I am so thankful to have found an incredible yoga and wellness community here. Plus there is nothing like a warm summer night rooftop party, fall-colored leaves, and the magic of the holidays in the city.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I switch up my breakfasts depending on the season. In the colder months I typically have Ayurvedic oats or a warm sweet potato smoothie from Divya Alter’s cookbook. In spring and summer I favor fruit smoothies like pineapple/ginger/mint/lime, or coconut yogurt with granola. Avocado toast and matcha lattes are also always super satisfying.
My go-to restaurant is Divya’s Kitchen for the most nourishing and delicious Ayurvedic meals by my friend and mentor Divya. Everything on that menu is solid gold for brunch, lunch, dinner, a soothing beverage or dessert. My favorite cafe is Matchaful in Dumbo (including their new pop-up in Soho) for organic matcha lattes with NotMilk NYC local fresh non-dairy milk – the owner Hannah is a badass girlboss. Everyone who knows me knows my deep love for those special spots.
Other gems are abcV, XYST, Cafe Integral in Soho (get the matcha mas matcha latte with their house made non-dairy milk), Little Choc Apothecary in Williamsburg, Marlow & Sons for the best biscuits and Brooklyn vibes, Stonefruit Espresso for fantastic gluten-free/vegan baked goods, and Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint makes THE BEST wood-fire oven pizza (the In Ricotta Da Vegan pie will knock your Birkenstocks off).
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Sleeping… unless I have to be up early to teach. I am typically up between 6:30 and 7 am, after which I usually oil pull, meditate, journal, eat Divya’s Ayurvedic cooked apple pre-breakfast and start the day (very yogic, I know). I don’t do all of the things all of the time, but those are the practices ground me in the morning.
10:00 AM – Either teaching, going through emails/writing, or in-transit to teach.
12:00 PM – Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?
I usually make my lunch – something similar to Divya’s khichari recipe from her cookbook, but if not I’ll go somewhere like Charley Street in Soho, Hu Kitchen, sweetgreen, Mulberry & Vine, or Smile To Go in Dumbo for their veggie selection. Le Pain Quotidien always has good vegetable-based options.
7:00 PM – either teaching, eating, emailing/writing, or having dinner/taking a walk with a friend. Sometimes on a low-key weekend I’ll throw on a good movie or re-watch shows like Bob’s Burgers, Chef’s Table, and Great British Baking.
11:00 PM – hopefully asleep, if not winding down.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Water, all day! Coffee makes me nuts, and so matcha is my go-to morning or early afternoon beverage with Matchaful organic matcha – I like to blend mine with ghee, cinnamon, cardamom, maple syrup and add a bit of homemade almond milk if I have it (my go-to recipe here). I also love an Ayurvedic herbal “coffee” blend carefully sourced by Chandika, which I buy from Divya’s Kitchen. I love tea after lunch or dinner, especially peppermint, rose, rooibos, cinnamon, fennel, or some combination of those. In the colder months I make a cozy Ayurvedic nighttime rose milkwhich I modified from Divya’s cookbook – tastes like a warm milkshake.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Probably Instagram, both to connect with friends and for business purposes. It inspires me and introduces me to new food, places and people. I also often rely on Google Maps, as directions are not my forte…
I love unique clean IG foodies like @woldykusina, @sasha.swerdloff, @daysofcitrine, @alison_wu.
I follow creative artists and poets like @juliaspowellart, @yung_pueblo, @iamstevienelson, @virginiahalstead_artist and my dad @craigzart.
I dig a good meme from @thefatjewish and @sister_shanti to make me laugh.
Yogic inspiration is aplenty thanks to my amazing friends, who I often mention on my own IG account @sashayogawellness.
What should everyone try at least once?
Yoga! And a hip-hop dance class. And avocado toast/matcha.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Paris, Florence and little Tuscan or French country towns, European seaside villages, any of the Greek islands, the jungle or woods or anywhere near the ocean (as long as I know my way out…).