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Locals take hold of yoga classes

Going through everyday life brings its share of stress and anxiety, but yoga instructor Bert Wyatt has the perfect solution for those going through the ails with yoga classes every month with another free session scheduled from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Pure Yoga, owned by Shannon Red Cloud, located on 102 East 2nd Street in The Dalles.

One person who has benefitted exponentially from yoga is The Dalles native Amber Jacobsen.

After sustaining a back injury since a car accident Jacobsen had to rely mainly on prescription medications to alleviate the pains that kept her from enjoying an active lifestyle.

“I went from taking 4,555 pills a year for my back to 1,095 a year in just the first few months of practicing yoga,” Jacobsen said. “I went from not being able to touch my toes to being a completely active person again.”

The main aim of Red Cloud and Wyatt is to decrease stress, anxiety, tension, pain and worry, and replace those elements with increases instrength, flexibility, awareness and happiness.

The formula seems simple enough, but for some people the thought of yoga can be daunting.

Jacobsen had those apprehensions, but is now a firm believer in using this outlet for more than just pain relief.

She said all of the instructors are great at working with people who have previous injuries, and that they know many modifications to poses, so individuals won’t sustain further injury and can enjoy the class to its fullest.

“I think it’s an awesome thing to offer our town and help get people in the door who have maybe been on the fence about trying it,” Jacobsen said. “People are always surprised how great they feel even after just their first class.”

For more information, interested parties can call 541-993-3997 or log on to www.purehotyoga.com.

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