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Owner of new yogo studio promotes flowing into wellness

If you’ve always wanted to try yoga, but never seem to get around to it, there’s a new opportunity to do so in Estacada.

Donna Reilly, a certified yoga instructor and registered nurse, will open Waters Edge Yoga and Wellness on Friday, April 1, at the Estacada Community Center, 200 S.W. Clubhouse Drive.

The studio will focus on providing wellness through yoga practice and meditation.

“There are so many benefits to yoga and meditation,” she said. “They bring peace to your soul. I want to share the goodness, and pass it on.”

She welcomes everyone from experienced yogis to those just starting out.

“Everyone is welcome,” she said. “There’s no judgment.”

Reilly emphasized that people who have not tried yoga before should not feel intimidated during sessions.

“A lot of people think you have to be a super strong guru of exercise to do yoga, but you don’t,” she said. “There are accommodations for every pose.”

Reilly noted that practicing yoga has numerous health benefits, including weight loss, reduced anxiety and improved circulation, energy and metabolism.

“Yoga is really important,” she said.

Reilly will begin each class with guided meditation, and sessions will delve into hatha and vinyasa yoga. Hatha yoga, commonly referred to as just “yoga,” focuses on the poses as a form of physical exercise, while vinyasa yoga focuses on flowing dynamically between poses.

Reilly also plans to have themed yoga nights with music from different decades.

“I think that will be a lot of fun,” she said.

In addition to hosting yoga classes, Reilly will also offer consultations to help people reach their health goals.

“We can talk about ailments and what they would like to improve,” she said. “I think most people are comfortable talking to a nurse. I’ve seen it all, so nothing surprises me.”

Reilly will kick off the business with an all-day open house where she will have more information about her services.

She encourages anyone interested to stop by the studio. It will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

“It’s a place of wellness for anyone,” she said.