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Meet Kem Lee of East+West Jewelry and Young Hearts Yoga in Midtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kem Lee.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kem. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Yoga has always been my friend. I tell my students that there comes a time in life when you no longer need a therapist, you simply need to do your yoga.

In 2015, I became certified to teach from the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, CA. The program is heavily immersed in Deepak Chopra’s bestseller, the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. This program, with its spiritual emphasis, deeply resonated with me. It instilled the ritual of meditation in my daily life which in turn has helped me manage my diabetes and anxiety. I finally felt at home.

I decided, as a jewelry lover, to create the east+west Jewelry collection to bring relevant jewelry to woman from cultures around the world. I adore jewelry and I wanted to create meaningful grown-up pieces appreciating, the chakras, the Shen symbol, the Infinity and the Warrior. I hired a SCAD graduate who wanted to work from home and continue to be a mother. It all feels right.

Currently, I am being certified as a 500-hour instructor from the Dharma Mittra Center in New York City. This 78-year-old master emphasizes Pranayama breathing, headstands, intense work and deep rest in Yoga Nidra. Once again, my life is expanding with the ancient tools of yoga. I am on less medication. I am hooked on daily practice to ignite my life force and open to my own light.

Everyone has this ability to tune into his or her highest self. I currently teach students in my home studio. I sell the east+west line to women who want symbolic empowerment in the forms of rings, necklaces and cuffs. One of my students said this morning that she missed her Warrior ring when it was not on her finger.

Has it been a smooth road?
Of course, it has not been a smooth road. I have experienced yoga injuries. I have regretted my choice of initial logo and website building.

I have wondered should I seek employment in a studio or continue the advantages of working with less students in my home studio.

As Brene Brown would say (I saw her speak at Ga Tech this week and she quotes Teddy Roosevelt often) I am, “in the arena.” My first jeweler created a design that broke on clients’ wrists and my first website builders did not beta test the check out shipping codes on my site. I was naive and assumed that shoppers could push buttons and purchase.

One of my best investments has been with a social media company who helps me cultivate my brand and my authentic message.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I represent myself as Young Hearts Yoga and east+west. I prefer being a small company. I wanted to offer more than just one yoga class. Our world has many outstanding yoga teachers however I wanted to be more than just another yoga teaching buying a juice at Whole Foods.

The east+west jewelry collection allows me to educate my clients regarding spiritual traditions, especially the chakras which stem from Vedic wisdom, the birth mother of yoga.

My clients enjoy my social media posts reinforcing the wholeness of life available to all. I offer observations about children (I have three myself), managing diabetes and stress. and simple yoga techniques.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Atlanta is a wonderful, friendly and diverse city. I appreciate acceptance on all levels and the many opportunities for experiencing the culture.

I am an Atlanta girl born and bred and the South will always be my home.


  • Prices for jewelry begin at $160

Contact Info:

  • Address: 82 Huntington Road
    Atlanta 30309
  • Website: and
  • Phone: 404.993.0119
  • Email:
  • Instagram: youngheartsyoga
  • Facebook: Young Hearts Yoga

Image Credit:
Kem Lee

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1 Comment

  1. Lauren

    November 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Amazing article!

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