Meet Tenaya Figueira! Tenaya co-owns The Dailey Method Venice along with Michelle Lazarus, and will be partnering with us for our WE CARE Event. We caught up with her to learn a bit about her life as a mother and entrepreneur.
B+G: What is your favorite part about being in Venice?
Tenaya: Everything! It doesn't feel like LA (no offense East-Siders, I love you!) I'm from a small town in Northern California and Venice has a small-town feel to me. We've got amazing restaurants and shops here (although I still venture out of the bubble to eat and shop occasionally), and most of our friends. Not to mention the best part - THE BEACH! There's nothing better than grabbing breakfast burritos and coffees and walking down the beach with my son and husband. We try to start at least 1-2 days a week like that. I could go on, but I'll stop. :)
B+G: What are your favorite restaurants and places to bring your son to in Venice?
Tenaya: With my son...our go-to restaurants are Gjusta (we go around 7am and sit on the patio. Leo loves the yogurt and watching the birds!) Neighbor has a great space on their patio for kids to hang/parents to drink delicious margaritas. Then we go next store to see the fish in the fish pond.
We go to the Santa Monica airport to watch the planes take off probably once a week and the duck pond in the Venice canals at least once a week. This month we've been going to Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in the early morning and hanging out in the petting zoo :)
B+G: What inspired you to open Dailey Method?
Tenaya: I started practicing The Dailey Method in San Francisco in 2006 and immediately noticed a change in my body, posture, and overall well-being. For the first time in my life I found a workout that I loved and that complimented my dancing and I quickly became addicted. In 2011 I moved to LA for a sales job and noticed that there weren't any barre studios in the area. I tried everything on the West Side and came to the conclusion that we really needed a good barre studio in Venice! My best friend, Michelle, felt the same way and the two of us were excited to not just open a workout space, but also to open a space to create community and somewhere that moms would have child care.
B+G: How do you balance being both an entrepreneur and mother?
Tenaya: Ooh, it's hard. Right now it's especially hard because I don't have much support and am trying to do literally everything on my own. There's times when I love my schedule because it affords me some extra time to be home with my son, and then there's times where I get really bummed out because I never truly get to take a break. I'm on the clock 24/7 and often times I get home too tired to be fully engaged and present with Leo. I know this time will pass though and I'm working to setup my schedule so that I'll have more free time and feel less exhausted. Once I return to balance, it's a great gig!
B+G: What tips would you offer moms trying to find time for exercise in their busy schedules?
Tenaya: Just do it. Really. I know so many moms that put exercising way down on their priority list and I understand why but it REALLY needs to be at the top. Moms are always taking care of other people but if we don't take care of ourselves we won't be in the best position to support others. Exercise helps moms feel good about themselves and their bodies, it helps lessen postpartum depression, relieve stress and anxiety, and in a lot of ways is like meditation - calming and clearing the mind so that we can handle all the curveballs that get thrown at us and make the best decisions for our families. Plus, you're setting a good example for you kid by showing them that you practice self-care!
B+G: Tell us in what way motherhood has impacted your life the most? What key values do you hope to give your children when it comes to their identity and family?
Tenaya: Oh man I could write a novel in response to these questions but I'll try to keep it short. In a nutshell, I'm WAY more tired and wrinkled but my heart has expanded in a way I had no idea was possible. Being a mom is by far my favorite part of my day and my true calling in life. I hope to raise Leo to be a kind human being to leave the Earth better than he found it.
B+G: Proceeds from the WE CARE event will be donated to RAICES. Will you share why you chose this organization in particular?
Tenaya: Watching the news at the border made me sick to my stomach. I can't imagine being separated from my child and it's not lost of me how fortunate I am that I don't have to worry about this happening to our family. While I wish I could be there physically to do something, sending money seems like the next best way to help. Thank YOU boy+girl for facilitating this event to help us fundraise! :)