Our founder - Yleana

Ayla Crystals founder Yleana Murray

Born in London to a Scottish adventurer and a Venezuelan artist, I was fortunate to grow up with my brother between the lush tropical vegetation of Venezuela and the dramatic landscapes of Scotland. This formed the basis of my love for nature and the rich qualities of her design and healing powers; inspiring me to harness and express through creativity and design.  

After studying fashion design in Paris, and coolhunting in Barcelona, I returned to Venezuela where I developed my own exclusive lingerie brand, and later worked for several years as a childrenswear buyer for a large retailer. 

In 2015, I moved to London to further develop my fashion experience, working for high end luxury brands. However, it was my innate desire and belief that a holistic approach to design is where my passion had always been, wanting to give my creative outlet a deeper purpose and meaning. 

At the age of 27, I had a powerful life changing experience when I suffered panic attacks. Traditional doctors wanted to medicate me for life, however, being holistically inclined, I decided to try Crystal Therapy. Twice a week I had crystals placed on my chakras, and 3 months later, much to my amazement and profound gratitude, my body was completely rebalanced and healed. 

This experience solidified my belief that natural crystals have real and powerful healing properties and was the catalyst to explore the inner spiritual self. 

Wanting to understand the whole picture of balance in nature and the self, I immersed myself in the teachings of the Kabbalah, then in 2018 I completed a yoga teacher training course, gaining a deeper appreciation for the power of mantra repetition, breathwork, scanning ancient symbols and maintaining a positive attitude to create a balanced state of wellbeing and a positive reality.  

I have consequently come to understand that natural crystals affect the emotional subtle body which will then influence the biological body, helping us to tune into the deeper parts of ourselves, assisting with our personal healing journey and spiritual development.