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Going with the Flow in 2018

by Tara Casagrande

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Your business floods.

You're out of the country with your family on vacation.

What do you do?

The solution was given in the form of a text from Becky Sutton, our amazing studio manager, "Look the other way, we got it." What a blessing!

The always dependable and hardworking Beth Wolfe and Becky flew into action. Beth's husband happens to be our insurance agent. Claims were filed, clean up started, fans lugged, schedule redone and Ease teachers and clients were informed.  

These are the kinds of events that happen behind the scenes at Ease. Behind the wonderfully thought out classes, gently placed eye pillows and beautifully put together playlists, we help one another and support one another.  

This is not to be taken for granted.

Once I was back home and back at Ease, I saw that the team had things looking pretty good. Everyone knows that Ease is like a fourth child to me, and that it would be difficult for me to see her damaged. It was. However, we lined up the contractors, replaced the flooring and were back in action within days.

Every day I feel immense gratitude for all the fabulous teachers at Ease. This group has trained deeply and truly understands the magical healing wisdom of yoga. Every Ease teacher cares for all who attend their classes and is thankful to be able to hold space for all of us to explore our practice in a safe and playful environment at Ease.  

The card I randomly chose in Bernie Marchand's class last week said, "Go with the Flow, Everything is Smooth Sailing." Nothing could be more fitting as a theme for 2018.

Trust & Allow What Is to be What Is

Thank you to all of our fabulous teachers at Ease, who allow this beautiful vessel to sail smoothly even when the water leaks in. You all are amazing and I am so thankful that Ease has brought us together.


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What Type of Yoga Do You Teach?

by Tara Casagrade  

For those of us who graduated from the Nosara Yoga Institute (NYI) in Costa Rica, the question "What kind of yoga do you teach?" is often interesting to answer. Our teachers, Don and Amba Stapleton, lived in the Ashrama at Kripalu for a number of years and this is where much of their knowledge formed.  

From his yoga experience, Don developed a style of yoga called Self Awakening Yoga (SAY), and wrote a book by the same name about this unique, slow form of yoga that helps one connect to their primal movements on the earth and, hence, to their reptilian brain. This yoga helps regulate the nervous system, and allows the body to relax and heal.

While studying yoga at NYI, we were encouraged to "experience our organism" and to "develop our own style of yoga."  Don would say "Teach {Techer's Name}Yoga." We were also taught the traditional sutras by Patanjali, we reviewed form, sequence, alignment, vinyasa flow, and much more. Very often, however, Amba would say, "It's not how it looks. It's how it feels."

Our yoga graduation certificate states that we each are teachers of "Interdisciplinary Yoga." What does this mean?  Today, during a home practice it dawned on me. Interdisciplinary yoga is like the jazz form of yoga. There is no script. There is no, "It has to be done this way." Interdisciplinary yoga develops from the heart and soul of the teacher. The style is very appropriate to the energy of the moment because each class is different. We are allowed to play and be ourselves, which keeps it interesting for both the teacher and the student. There are so many more sayings our teachers used during our training. Each still rings so true in my body.

"Experience is the Teacher."

It's been close to five years since we opened our doors at Ease and close to ten years since I became a yoga teacher.  Nothing can be more true than the idea that experience has been my teacher. The experience of self-inquiry, and of guiding people to explore their inner and outer landscapes, has changed me in so many incredible ways. I feel so inspired and so full of gratitude for this community and all that Ease has taught me through these years.