We had the good fortune of connecting with Sal Albert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sal, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to start Improbable Reality, my mala making business and yoga/breathwork facilitation, for a variety of reasons. Creating an “improbable reality” was part of my evolution into exploring my purpose, worth, consciousness, and connection to ALL–mother earth and her people. As I leaned into teaching and learning more about yogic traditions, breathwork and crystals called my name. I wanted to work with energy, and found these practices allowed to me be a bridge for others to do deep inner work. Ultimately, working on my own schedule and continuing my own education in these fields were the main inspirations for me to start this business. To this day, I am still hesitant to say I am a jewelry maker, because making these meditation necklaces is about so much more than that. So, I am evolving in an organic way, growing slowly and striving to make sure my mission stays authentic and organic.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I create custom crystal mala necklaces, which are prayer and meditation tools made up of 108 beads. My passion is working directly with clients to design patterns and combinations of semi-precious gemstones that directly connect to certain chakras, mantras and intentions. What sets me apart from others is my unique style and questionnaire I use; sure, there are plenty of others who make necklaces like mine, but no two creations are alike, and each piece is sacred. I am most proud of how these malas are truly the gift that keeps on giving- I love hearing stories from happy customers who develop deep relationships with crystals after receiving one of my malas. I am also excited about how my business has grown! In the past few years, I have expanded to offer yoga and breathwork classes, catering/private chef services, gardening, child care, property management, and more. The needle on my compass may waiver month to month on how I can volunteer and spend my time, and malas have been a consistent backbone to my Improbable Reality.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Whenever I spend time in Denver, my main goals are to eat well, get outside, and check out some local art! RiNo mural walks, the Botanical gardens, and various art exhibits are my favorite spots. I also frequent vegan and organic restaurants, such as City O City and Vital Root. Before COVID, I tried to visit as many yoga studios as possible, and catch shows at Cervantes, Black Box and Red Rocks.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to Mother Earth :). I have deep gratitude for my teachers around the globe, but when it comes right down to it, our planet is my main source of inspiration. When I share food, classes, workshops, and mala necklaces with others, it is all in an effort to “walk each other home,” as Ram Dass puts it. This practice of remembering our place in the world is a moving target, yet it always comes back to how I can move lightly and with love. As a steward of Pacha Mama, I want to devote each day towards appreciating her beauty, mystery and gifts. We are born of her, we live because of her, and we are nothing without her. In a society where we can get so caught up in material and capital gain, it is necessary for us to pause and reflect on how our actions, choices, buying power, etc., affects the larger whole. I believe that breathwork meditations, yoga classes, and malas are my humble offering to help others take this essential pause. Nature is my greatest teacher; I am a daughter of her mountains, her lakes, her oceans, and her deserts. I love spending time outdoors to recharge my batteries and remind me how to live more symbiotically.
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