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Small Biz Focus: 3 Arlington Businesses Unite — Yoga & the Power of Giving Back

This column is sponsored by BizLaunch, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

By Tara Palacios

Arlington is ranked the fittest City in the U.S. Not surprisingly, BizLaunch is seeing an uptick in the number of entrepreneurs starting health-related businesses across Arlington County.

Boutique fitness centers such as personal fitness, cycling, running and boxing — as well as yoga are on the rise. Many of these businesses are seeking ways to combine social impact with living a healthy lifestyle.

Three local Arlington yoga businesses have united together to work with veterans, military families and first responders as well as communities affected by addiction, violence and poverty.

Vetoga, Rebel Yoga and WRKwell are three Arlington-based organizations that are interested in giving back to the communities they serve.

Vetoga

Justin Blazejewski’s launched Vetoga after discovering that yoga helped him with a back injury he sustained while serving in the Marine Corps. Justin observed how yoga also helped heal the mental and emotional burdens he carried traveling in and out of war zones.

With 2,000+ hours of training in his yoga toolbox, Justin founded the Arlington based nonprofit organization Vetoga whose mission is to provide yoga, meditation and healing arts to military, veterans, their families and communities.

Vetoga accomplishes this by holding free monthly yoga classes, events and veteran specific 200-Hour Teacher Trainings throughout the year. Today, Vetoga has trained 90 veterans yoga teachers, impacted the lives of 10,000+ veterans and created new yoga-focused veteran communities in 65 U.S. cities and Melbourne, Australia.

Rebel Yoga

After Arlingtonian and Air Force Veteran Daniel Steiniger’s second back surgery from snowboarding, he found his way to yoga to try and prevent back injuries from occurring in the future. Daniel created Rebel Yoga to bring yoga teachings back to its roots.

Committed to sharing the benefits of yoga with underserved populations, Daniel founded the Rebel Yoga’s Foundation, Rebel Recovery, a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is: Seva (selfless service), providing free yoga, meditation and other services as needed to communities affected by addiction, violence and poverty.

WRKwell

Claudia Cavazza, recently transitioned out of her career in the athletic apparel industry to start the Arlington-based corporate wellness business, WRKwell. WRKwell designs VOI (Value on Investment) focused stress management solutions for local corporate clients.

Dedicated to leaving a positive social impact on the world, Claudia has chosen a shared value business model for WRKwell, to specifically create social value by offering custom-designed yoga and meditation focused stress management programs to veterans and first responders with limited access to it, at no cost to them.

In collaboration with Vetoga, WRKwell is also committed to provide professional opportunities to veterans interested in pursuing a career in the corporate wellness space.

Lovelight Yoga and Arts Festival

All three Arlington yoga experts will all be on-hand and demonstrating their knowledge and expertise at the international Lovelight Yoga and Arts Festival on September 21-24 in Maryland.

Lovelight is a curated festival featuring yoga masters such as Sri Dharma Mittra and music artists such as Krisna Das, with the mission to celebrate life with yoga, to create community with music and to enlighten ourselves… one chant at a time.

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Just Reduced Properties in Arlington

Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by licensed broker Aaron Seekford of Arlington Realty, Inc. GET MORE out of your real estate investment with Aaron and his team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6116 today!

Please note: While Aaron Seekford provides this information for the community, he may not be the listing agent of these homes.

We zoom in to why Arlington County is a great place to buy a home for your family all the time here. So, let’s dive into a different scenario.

What if you don’t want to buy… and you don’t have a family (or roommate) to move in with you. Single renters, we’re looking at you this week!

According to SmartAsset (what a great website name, by the way), Arlington is actually one of the most affordable places in the U.S. for single renters to live. Our friendly confines came in at No. 17 in the U.S., primarily for its high median earnings for full-time workers and low unemployment rates. We were actually the only spot in D.C., Maryland or Virginia to chart in the top 25.

So, when you’re ready to embark on a rental search in one of the top markets out there, we’re ready to help you GET MORE out of your search.

As of July 9, there are 211 detached homes, 52 townhouses and 247 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 28 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week.

Here is this week’s selection of Just Reduced properties:

Please note that this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Aaron Seekford.

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Just Reduced Properties in Arlington

Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by licensed broker Aaron Seekford of Arlington Realty, Inc. GET MORE out of your real estate investment with Aaron and his team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6116 today!

Please note: While Aaron Seekford provides this information for the community, he may not be the listing agent of these homes.

Parents, the last days of school are upon us. And, for some of us, the last day has already arrived and summer with the kiddos is well underway. Here’s to what is hopefully a fun, adventurous and safe summer break for the whole family!

On that note, it is never too early to start preparing for the new school year. Sure, there are the pens, pencils, new clothes and backpacks that will be on the back-to-school list.

But, what about a new place to call home? Each year, I hear from several prospective homebuyers wanting “to close before the new school year.” It is never too early to get started. After all, the last thing you probably want is a deadline of moving in to a new home… in addition to all of the other back-to-school deadlines, right?

When you’re ready to jumpstart your search for a new Arlington County home, our team is here to help you GET MORE out of your transaction!

As of June 18, there are 231 detached homes, 49 townhouses and 269 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 59 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week.

Here is this week’s selection of Just Reduced properties:

Please note that this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Aaron Seekford.

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Open Houses in Arlington This Weekend

Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

3530 N. Utah Street
5 bed/5 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Caitlin Platt
Listed: $2,099,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

6720 25th Street N.
6 bed/4 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Christopher Wilkes
Listed: $1,795,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

511 N. Lombardy Street
4 bed/5 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Ann Wilson
Listed: $1,299,999
Open: Saturday and Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

1111 19th Street N.
2 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Matthew Shepard
Listed: $899,000
Open: Saturday and Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

3207 S. Glebe Road
3 bed/2 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: James Larsen
Listed: $739,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2414 S. Walter Reed Drive
3 bed/3 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Kathleen McDonald
Listed: $579,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

880 N. Pollard Street
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Marc Vuolo
Listed: $374,999
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

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