CuriositEase: Six Essential Oils for Spring

By: Hilary Mughloo

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Can you feel it? Spring is upon us. Yes, it's been cold and dreary, with even a few flurries still out there, but if you're like me you can feel that spring is coming.

Maybe you feel like taking in lighter food and drink; more greens, more raw, more cleansing drinks like lemon water. These can be signs that your body is getting ready for the shift in seasons.

Essential oils can be an awesome support during any time of transition and can help you stay aligned in body, mind and spirit. Spring Equinox is on Sunday March 20, 2016 which is perfect timing, because I will be teaching a Yoga & Essential Oils class at Ease from 7-8pm. We'll be able to put these oils into practice!

Cypress: The essential oil of motion and flow. Cypress is great if you are someone who is mentally or emotionally stuck or have perfectionist tendencies. Need a shift? This can help.

Grapefruit: The essential oil of honoring the body. This oil supports individuals who are caught in patterns of mistreatment. Spring is a beautiful time to cultivate new habits of self-care.

Marjoram: The essential oil of connection. Marjoram addresses feelings of distrust and fear of rejection. This oil is also amazing at supporting muscles before or after exercising.

Frankincense: The essential oil of truth. The warm, spicy, and clean aroma is known to enhance practices of prayer and meditation. Incredibly powerful but also gentle and helps cultivate connection to the True Self.

Deep Blue blend: The essential oils of surrendering pain including wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, blue chamomile, and others it can support mental clarity in times of physical pain (while also soothing the physical pain!).

Balance blend: The essential oils of grounding including spruce, ho wood, frankincense, and others this blend teaches us to ground our energy and to manifest our vision with the patience of a tree.

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To learn more about using essential oils in your daily life reach out! Hilary Mughloo is available for wellness consultations and teaches weekly essential oils classes in the neighborhood. She is a yoga teacher, reiki practitioner, and Holistic Lifestyle Coach for women based in Alexandria, VA. Hilary is the founder of Wise Light Wellness and the #healthyhealers community with a motto to: Be Wise. Shine Bright. Live Well. www.wiselightwellness.com

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Take Wheatgrass Shots

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By: Tara Casagrande

If you've ever had a shot of wheatgrass, you know that it's a curiously intense flavor - and definitely an acquired taste. Did you know that this electrifyingly green liquid is packed with a huge amount of hardcore health benefits? Here are some of my favorites:

1. Wheatgrass juice is one of the best sources of living chlorophyll available today. However, to get the full benefit, the chlorophyll must come fresh from a living plant... thankfully, South Block is on top of that! Some benefits of chlorophyll include (how about that, a list within a list!): controlling food cravings, controlling body odor, healing, cleansing of the liver, improving blood sugar problems, etc.

2. Wheatgrass juice is an effective healer because it contains all minerals known to man. It is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids- the building blocks of protein.

3. Wheatgrass juice, which is high in oxygen, can dissolve the scars that are formed in the lungs from breathing acidic gasses. The negative effect of carbon monoxide is minimized since chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production.

4. Wheatgrass juice is good for skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis because of its innate antioxidants, which also help to slow down the aging process.

5. Wheatgrass juice provides me with an overall sense of well-being. Can't you tell by the face I make when taking it? :) I've found that wheatgrass juice shots, although strong in flavor, are a lot like taking cod fish oil - hard to get used to but the benefits are incredible.

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This month, we'll be donating 25 cents to New Hope Housing for every wheatgrass shot you take and every Ease yoga class you attend. This is a local organization in Alexandria that provides homeless families and individuals shelter, housing, and the tools to build a better life.

So please, give to yourself and to New Hope Housing this month. Your body and mind will thank you for it. You can sign up for your March classes here.

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Ease Breeze

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It’s a beautiful afternoon and the breeze is whisking across the patio at Ease. It is so nice to work here outside in the shade. I have been meaning to write this blog post for a while and now I finally have some time to sit and reflect. These first months here at Ease have been like a dream come true. We have met so many amazingly wonderful people. I have taken many of the classes that our experienced teachers offer and feel very good about the high quality of our teachers and classes. I have also lived off of the delicious food and drink at the Café and feel so lucky to have Senzu Juicery and Herman as a partner. Basically, it’s the kind of job that I love to go to everyday. Thank goodness for family at home or I might move in.

Thank you to all that took a chance on a new studio and bought our Grand Opening Special and the New Client Welcome package. We hope we have you hooked on the quality and benefits of Ease. Thank you too to those that have shared a little about themselves and the positive experiences you have had on and off your mat since experiencing Ease. Please keep the stories coming. We love them.

Starting this week we will be offering new packages for you to purchase for classes. We will continue to offer the New Client Welcome for first timers only at $50 for 5 classes (only $10 per class and good for 6 months). Please tell your friends and those who have not yet experienced Ease.

Our Drop-In rate will be $25 for one class and we will also be offering The Ease Monthly Unlimited Package for $100 with a 3 month auto-renew commitment. This is a fantastic deal for those who love to come to many yoga classes in a month. We know who you are, we have seen you often these past few months.

We will also be offering Ease Class Packages that go down in per class price the greater the package size. The 4 Class Pass is $76 (only $19 per class), the 8 Class Pass is $136 (only $17 per class) and the 12 Class Pass (only $15 per class). We are excited to offer no expiration on these packages!

Kids’ Packages are also available to purchase for children 4-7 years old. You can create an account for your child and sign them up for classes on Saturday mornings from 9:30 am – 10:30 while you attend the Vigorous Flow Yoga class in the next studio. The Kid’s Package is $75 (5 classes @ $15 a class) or $120 (10 classes @ $12 per class).

Offering everything from Rise & Shine to Gentle Therapeutic, Lunch Time Yoga, Men’s Yoga, Vigorous Flow, Curvy Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, Beginners, Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation, Kids Yoga, Alignment Based Flow , Restorative Yoga, Intro to the Wall and Ease Signature Yoga, we feel good about bringing this community what they need and what they want. Please let us know if there are any other classes that you would like to see added to the schedule.

We hope the Ease Grand Opening Special and the New Client Welcome were a great way to jump start your practice and give you experiential knowledge of the benefits of yoga and what can be gained in taking time for yourself. We would like to extend this invitation to you to continue to be a part of our community as we grow and offer more and more wonderful classes, informative workshops and nutritious food and drink.

May you be safe, happy, healthy, may you live your life with Ease.

Namaste,

Tara