Jacqueline Medalye

Jacqueline Medalye is the designer and owner of Salt Spring Malas and Yoga Jewelry. She has been practicing yoga for 10 years.  Currently, she is practicing Anusara, Hatha, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga. Jacqueline’s passion for gemstones, beads, and jewelry design began when she was a child. She grew up surrounded by aesthetics and fashion. Jacqueline’s mother was a fashion designer in Toronto and founded her own company in 1984. In 1990, she became an instructor at the George Brown School of Fashion, until she passed away in 1997. Jacqueline designs to keep her mother’s memory and legacy alive.  Jacqueline has been making beaded jewelry professionally since 1993 and in 2001 after completing her undergraduate degree at York University she founded her own beaded jewelry company online. In 2009, after the financial crisis put her employees’ families out of work, Jacqueline gave her first company to her workers. Today, her first company, Medalye Designs, is owned and operated solely by its workers and provides a livelihood for those families. After giving away her first company, Jacqueline traveled extensively throughout India in order to deepen her yoga practice. Her time in India led to the creation of Salt Spring Malas and Yoga Jewelry. Today, all of Jacqueline’s designs come from her daily yoga and meditation practice. As various feelings, reflections, and inspirations arise she transforms them, by finding art and aesthetic expressions that reflect these experiences. She combines mala beads to express these aesthetics. Her malas are made in a peaceful setting on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada. Her studio is surrounded by evergreen forests, organic farms, in an intentional community focused on peace, tranquility, and well-being. Website: www.saltspringmalas.com Facebook Page: Salt Spring Malas

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