Motherhood

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By Tara Casagrande

A wise woman (my mother) once gave a speech at our wedding saying, "Motherhood is about letting go." Only recently have I begun to understand that quote. The quote was lost on my 29-year-old idealistic self and has finally sunk in.

Inhale, LET, exhale, GO.

As a business owner, wife and mother of our 17, 14 & 10-year-old, this year has offered up many opportunities to let go.

  • Let go of all the predictions and forecasts made in my imperfectly crafted business plan.
  • Let go of perfectly nutritious and healthy meals for our family every night.
  • Let go of mistakes I have made.
  • Let go of the 17 year old son who is currently taking a semester abroad. I miss him so much.
  • Let go of years of volunteering at the kids' school.
  • Let go of being at every sporting event and school function.

As I let go, it makes more room for me to embrace all the goodness around me.

  • Playful tickle time with our youngest son when I arrive home from teaching an evening class.
  • Last minute shopping trips with our 14 year old daughter to buy clothing for a school trip.
  • Lunches with my hubby while the kids are in school in order to grab some quality time.
  • Valuing time with girlfriends.
  • Spending time with my mother whenever I can.
  • Running up the stairs of Ease so excited to come to work and thankful for all who have joined us this year to move, breathe, explore and become more curious about themselves.

Motherhood stretches me and often takes me outside of my comfort zone. I have learned so much about myself through raising our children. Being a mom is what I have always wanted. The times I enjoy it the most is when I slow down, exhale and let go. Getting wiser by the year.

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

6 Ways Ease Yoga & Cafe Will Be Environmentally Sustainable

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Happy Earth Day! April is Earth Month and I want to share with you SIX WAYS we are reducing our carbon imprint at Ease Yoga & Cafe.

  • CORK FLOORING. There are so many decisions to be made when building out a yoga studio and cafe. For example, what flooring to use?At Ease, we are proud of our flooring choices. In our two studios, we will be using sustainably harvested cork on our floors. Not only is cork flooring comfy on your feet during your vinyasa, but it also is harvested without injuring the Cork Oak from which it comes. This can be done every six to eight years. Cork is low in VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions and is a good insulator to boot.
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  • NON-PVC TILES. In our bathrooms, we are using bio-based, non-pvc flooring tiles. The Striations BBT tiles are 85% limestone and contain 10% recycled material. The flooring is Sustainability Certified by NSF and scores well in LEED ratings for indoor environmental quality and material resource usage.
     
  • RECLAIMED WOOD.To give just the right look to our Cafe bar, we happily partnered with Second Chance, an organization in Baltimore dedicated to the responsible re-use of building supplies. When you visit Ease for a juice, salad, or snack, you’ll be sure to notice the rustic and beautiful reclaimed wood that covers the front of the bar. That’s from the good people at Second Chance.
     
  • WATER STATIONS.Thirsty after your class? We will have a free refillable water-bottle station. If instead of water, you thirst for one of our great juices, you’ll see that they come in fully re-usable bottles. Return your bottle to Ease and, for every seven bottles you return, enjoy a free juice on us.
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  • COMPOSTING. As you might imagine, all those fruits and veggies in our juices can pile up into a lot of peels, rinds, stems, and pits. Together Senzu Juicery and Ease are committed to composting all that we can.
     
  • RECYCLED CONTAINERS. Lastly, we’ll be serving all our food and beverages using earth-friendly reusable, recycled, or compostable containers.

These are just some of the things Ease and Senzu Juicery are doing to lighten our imprint on the earth. It’s a beautiful planet--we hope you have time to get out and enjoy it this spring!