Ease Yoga & Cafe Grand Opening: TODAY

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Today is the Grand Opening of Ease. Do I feel at Ease? Literally, yes. Figuratively, not really. It's scary and fun all wrapped up in one body. I have been floating the past few weeks. The number of wonderful people who have walked in the door of Ease and tried us out is overwhelming.

This Del Ray, Alexandria community is fabulous and people have welcomed Ease with open arms. From the bloggers to the yogis and the juicers to the joggers. Herman of Senzu Juicery and I have worked so hard and both of us are thrilled to be living our dream.

Thank you to those of you who have joined us in the past few weeks and Welcome to those who are just learning about us and willing to try. A grand opening for a small business is a huge event. Here's to hoping we all live our life with Ease.

Here's what the expect today between the hours of 9:00AM - 2:00PM:

  • A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Euille, Del Ray Business Association representatives, media, and more at 10:00AM
  • Special FREE demo yoga classes in meditation:

10:45 am - 11 am Meditation with Jennifer
11:15 am - 11:30 am Yoga Flow with Rosie Graves Wiedemer
11:45 am -12 pm Shake your Soul with Katy Baytosh
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Gentle Therapeutic with Pamela Hostetter
12:45 pm - 1 pm Qigong with Ann Duvall
1:15 pm- 1:30 pm Vigorous Flow with Beth Wolfe
1:45pm- 2 pm Myofascial Release with Amanda Murphy

  • Delicious and healthy Senzu Juicery, Mommy Meals, Power Supply, and Joy Bliss Raw samples
  • Studio tours and meet-and-greets with our new yoga instructors - Social media contests for chances to win Ease Yoga & Cafe apparel (Say the secret phrase "May You Live Your Life With Ease" at the register to receive 25% off a menu item! Valid today only.)
  • Full open menu (bring your appetite!) - Final chance to sign up for the 50/$50 yoga promotion

If you joined us today, please leave a comment to tell us about your experience!

Namaste,

Tara

The Inception of Ease

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My journey with yoga began when pregnant with our first child, over 16 years ago. I thought that I had better get “healthy” since I was going to become a mom. I went to a prenatal yoga class and thought the whole thing was a little too “wooo wooo.” Talk to your baby in your womb before it was born? CRAZY!!! But I did it. I didn’t love yoga but I tried out many different classes. I took some classes at the YMCA where basketball games were going on in the same gym at the same time. Not too relaxing. I had no idea what yoga really was, but I began to get curious. Fast forward two years and we were pregnant again but this time I was told I also had cervical cancer and needed to have an abortion and a radical hysterectomy. Say what? That was quite a summer! My husband Jerry and I cried a lot. I thought I was going to die. I think Jerry did too. I was only 32-years-old and I made a big decision to keep the baby, deliver her at 38 weeks gestation in the cancer ward of John’s Hopkins, and have a radical hysterectomy (keeping my ovaries) immediately following her birth. Luckily, the cancer did not spread to my lymph nodes during the 9-month period my body was making a baby. Riley was a beautiful, healthy baby girl. I was able to nurse her and I did not need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. To what did I attribute my luck? Slowing down and taking care of me. With Reiki, a mindful diet, massage, yoga and saying "no" to a lot of the things in life that kept me too busy and exhausted, I gave my immune system a break. Some Ease, if you will.

Almost 8 years after Riley’s birth, we moved our whole family- Jerry, myself, and our 3 kids (our third child was adopted from Korea)- to Nosara on the Pacific of Costa Rica. Call it a midlife adventure to avoid a midlife crisis. Life in Alexandria was busy and full but we were missing the fun and adventure we had enjoyed in our years before children.

Nosara Yoga Institute (NYI) was right around the corner from the house we rented. I decided to sign up for the yoga teacher training they offered in the month of November. Before leaving for our Costa Rican adventure, I had been working with a wonderful healer who challenged me to “answer the big questions in life.” Questions like: Who am I? Where am I going? Where have I been? And What is my purpose? On the first day of teacher training, I walked in and saw right there on the wall a phrase written by my teacher: “Yoga is inquiry…Who Am I?” I knew then that I was in the right place. This intense month of two-hour yoga at 6 am, meditation on the beach, more classes in morning and afternoon, lectures, and in the evening two more hours of hands-on experience, changed my life. I laughed, cried, explored, shed and grew. Prior to this experience, never had I imagined that I would teach yoga let alone open a yoga studio.

So here I am today. A beautiful day in April. Our first born, Baker, turns 16 this week; Riley is a thriving 13-year-old teenage girl who may never understand the intensity of that year before her birth; and our son Tae brings love and light to our world. My new expression in life is Perfectly Imperfect. Life is busy and fun. Jerry and I continue to work on marriage and being in relationship while raising a young family.

Ease will open in a month. It is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Yoga has taught me to invite in the paradoxes of life and to truly feel them. All of my demons come up as the opening of Ease gets closer. Why am I doing this? Is it ego? I really hope not. Will people like it? What if no one comes? What if I fail? Well, it’s too late for all that, the lease is signed. I must go forward. Be quiet, mind!

Ease will be much more than just a yoga studio and juice bar. My hopes are that Ease will attract those of you who, like me, have many blessings in your life but who are curious about what life is all about and how we can live it fully and authentically. Ease is meant to be a place to drop your shoulders and begin to slow down and explore the relationship between the mind and the body. Our space is called “Ease”—the opposite of “Disease.” I believe yoga offers more than stretching and breathing. It offers the chance to slow down and notice what is happening in your body. It calms the nervous system. We all need this. If we do not slow down, our body gets out of sync and we are no longer at Ease, but rather there is dis- Ease in our body. Our thoughts and emotions can begin to rule us.

So, thank you for reading. This blog post is motivated by the cartoon below, where a stick figure says, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” (and they reveal their hearts). I hope that by sharing a little piece of myself, I have encouraged you all to share a little of yourselves when you enter Ease.

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Ease Yoga & Cafe: Coming to the Del Ray – Alexandria, VA Community in Spring, 2015!

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We each have dreams in our life – whether it is to raise a family, have a meaningful career, run a marathon, or go to the top of a mountain or to the bottom of the sea. My name is Tara, and for me, I have long held the dream of opening a space that focused on whole body wellness, a place that nourished our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. This dream has taken different shapes over the years and now is at last coming to fruition in the form of Ease Yoga Studio & Cafe!

Ease is the first yoga studio and healthy eats cafe all under one roof in all of Alexandria. We are located in a sunlit space at 3051 Mt Vernon Avenue, at the intersection of Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues in the Del Ray neighborhood. Featured image

The entire community is welcome in our two 600 square foot studios. One studio can be warmed to 85 degrees for yoga in a near-tropical, but not overly hot, setting. We will have classes for both beginners and experienced practitioners as well as classes specifically geared to kids, seniors, and families.

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In our cafe and juice bar, we will offer delicious coffees and teas and the Four S’s: healthy Soups, Salads, Sandwiches and Snacks. We will also feature the fresh pressed juices and smoothies of Senzu Juicery. I know you will love Senzu’s delicious Energy blend of carrot, fuji apple, orange, lemon, ginger, and goji berry to help boost your energy and enhance your immune system!

At Ease, you’ll discover that 1 + 1 = 3! Imagine having a great yoga class that stretches your body, mind, and spirit and following that up with a delicious juice, smoothie or salad that nourishes and replenishes you. Or, picture meeting with friends for a noontime class and then sticking around for some good conversation and great food on our beautiful outdoor patio. At Ease, we believe Yoga + Healthy Eating gives us more than just yoga and healthy eating. It gives us a Healthy Community.

By now, we hope you are eager to give Ease a try. We are opening our doors in Spring, 2015. Stay tuned to this space and we will let you know the exact date of our Grand Opening. In the meantime, may all your dreams come to fruition!

We are thrilled to keep you in the loop on studio updates. If you’d like to continue following us along on this journey, be sure to Like us on Facebook for consistent updates and educational information.

Namaste, Tara

3051 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305, USA