Wednesday, January 2, 2013
By BAILEY MCMANUS
“All you need is yoga,” says Root Down Yoga studio owner, Angela Logan.
Root Down Yoga is a new yoga studio located in Mall 202 on Cascade. It opened in late November 2012.
Logan is a longtime yoga instructor. She and her husband, James, had been living in both Mexico and China until a year ago when they came back to Hood River. In China, Angela studied yoga, and she incorporates Chinese philosophies and merchandise sales into her business.
Root Down Yoga has five instructors: Angela Logan, Jen Obst, Chelsea Moss, Victoria Williams and Emma Rose-Rossoff.
Root Down’s goal is to incorporate the ways of yoga into everyone’s lives.
“Yoga can transform the body and the mind. It is very simple and pure,” Logan said.
She feels that practicing yoga is essential for everyone and especially people in the Columbia Gorge. More extreme sports are practiced in this area and “yoga can help you stay grounded”, Said Logan. As well as offering yoga, Root Down also sells artwork, clothing, yoga mats and other items, all imported from China.
Root Down Yoga is making yoga very affordable by providing free mat rentals, deals on weekly and monthly classes, and unlimited use packages.
“Yoga is a beautiful, transformational activity. It brings happiness, clarity and a deep physical and emotional cleansing,” Logan said.
The instructors at Root Down Yoga are creating an open, welcoming atmosphere to help patrons relax and enjoy themselves. They offer complimentary tea and fruit along with a smile every time you come in.
“One class can help you breathe and relax. Multiple classes can change your life,” she said.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge