RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – Eve St. John of Ridgewood entered the inspirational bracelet business in a violent way: She was hit in the head with a hockey puck.
“Four years ago, I was at the Ice House in Hackensack watching a game,” she said. “My son was in Ridgewood High School at the time. The puck came over the plywood in front of our seats and struck me. Nobody saw it coming.”
St. John, a yoga instructor at Life Time Athletic in Montvale, considered herself lucky. The puck did not hit her in the eye or between the eyes, which could have killed her.
“I didn’t lose consciousness,” she said. “But I felt my head growing as the paramedics took me out.”
In the hospital en route to Valley Hospital, she kept repeating to herself, All is well. All is going to be OK. She also practiced a yogic breathing technique designed to relax and energize the mind.
A plastic surgeon stitched her head together. For two months afterward, she had to hold her swollen head in an upright position. She could not lie down.
To keep her mind on positive thoughts during those difficult days, St. John meditated and made herself a clear quartz bracelet.
“Clear quartz is supposed to bring you good energy and healing,” she said. “I really believe it. I believe in positive thinking, tremendously.”
When St. John returned to teaching yoga at the Parisi Sports Club in Midland Park, where she was working at the time, her students were taken with her bracelet.
They wanted bracelets, too. Demand grew.
So St. John created a business and lines of handcrafted, colorful bracelets of quartz, crystal, and gems sold online and in local shops, http://www.evestjohn.com/stores.html .
There are goddess bracelets for women, power confidence bracelets for men, wedding bracelet sets for straight and gay couples, and meditation kits. All come with a story and a card on which the wearer can write a wish.
The goal is to keep people facing tough times focused on the beauties in their worlds.
“We could all use a reminder,” St. John said.
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