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Root River Yoga - a way of life, a calling


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Amanda Griggs, of Houston, brings yoga to local lives with Root River Yoga. Photo submitted

For some, yoga invokes one-sided images of quietly posed people, breathing paced and nothing more. But, for more and more Americans, the understanding has grown beyond the physical and into deeper understanding that touches mind, body, and soul and the practice is thriving in the rural tri-county area. Hardly a trend, the practice is over 5,000 years old and it’s estimated that more than 11 million Americans participate in it annually.

That’s not surprising to Houston resident Amanda Griggs, owner and operator of Root River Yoga. In just three year, she has grown her passion for yoga into a successful business, discovering an avid interest in the practice by countless others who are equally as eager to learn. Initially, she simply taught the practice in her living room to a few willing friends who wanted to learn. She now teaches a minimum of four classes weekly, in four communities, while continuing her own deepening in the practice through classes at The Yoga Place in LaCrosse, Wis.

While yoga may clearly be her calling, the path to peace for Griggs wasn’t an easy one. First learning yoga in 2006, Griggs found herself engaging in the practice daily in 2008 while in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. “The practice has saved my life. I found it to be the only light in my confusion. After getting out of treatment six years ago March 28, I have been devoted to a daily practice. Since, the yoga practice and sharing it with others has helped me to be a more healthy and vibrant person,” she says. “It calls us to be more present in our lives, more flexible in our bodies and minds, and more interested in the pursuit of wellness. My thought is that putting my story out there can bring others hope.”

Teaching for the past five years, Griggs was certified in the principals of Hatha Yoga in 2010 and is a 2014 Minnesota Yoga Conference Scholarship recipient for her work in bringing yoga to rural, southeastern Minnesota. Her classes, which are a varied mix of styles and principals, are designed for all levels and are aimed at bringing flexibility, strength, and a sense of calm to participants. The poses, called ‘asanas,’ incorporate breathing techniques and their benefits to the body are unmatched as a practice aiding the all of the body’s systems, as well as their notable influence on the mind and intellect.

Just ask the students. Their enthusiasm for both the practice’s benefits and Grig .....
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Preston, Peterson chosen for prime bicycling event

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Two Fillmore County towns, eagerly awaiting news, received confirmation last week that they had been chosen as a part of a four-day, four-community bicycling event. Bicycling Around Minnesota (BAM), an eight-year tour organization, set up the event, ..... 
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Preston, Peterson chosen for prime bicycling event

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Health & Wellness

Two Fillmore County towns, eagerly awaiting news, received confirmation last week that they had been chosen as a part of a four-day, four-community bicycling event. Bicycling Around Minnesota (BAM), an eight-year tour organization, set up the event, ..... 
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American Red Cross issues new pet first aid app

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Pets are an important part of many families. A new American Red Cross Pet First Aid App puts lifesaving information right in the hands of dog and cat owners so they can provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is avail ..... 
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Free Radon and Nitrate testing

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is found in over half of Fillmore County homes. Radon is the number one cause of lung-cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers. Testing your home for radon is easy, inexp ..... 
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New Year’s Yesolution: Getting healthy

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Many of us start the New Year pledging to do things better. After weeks of holiday feasts and treats, getting in shape is generally one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. While losing weight is always a laudable goal, ..... 
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Institute adds new cancer research section

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

AUSTIN, Minn. — The Hormel Institute has added a new cancer research section focused on investigating the mechanisms that cause cancer cells to spread from one area of the body to the liver. Dr. Ningling Kang recently joined The Hormel Institute ..... 
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MNsure Announces Year-End Enrollment Totals

Mon, Jan 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The latest enrollment figures shared today by MNsure show that 67,805 Minnesotans have successfully enrolled in new health insurance plans through MNsure as of December 31, 2013. This total represents a jump of more than 14,600 in ..... 
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Red Cross invites eligible donors to give blood during National Blood Donor Month

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross invites those who are eligible to join the millions of blood donors across the country in helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need. People have ..... 
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