Proceeds from this Friday's class will be donated to relief organizationsUte Swerdloff, yoga instructor at the new Yoga Namaste studio in Astoria, will donate a portion of the proceeds collected Friday for tsunami victims in Asia.

All fees paid for the studio's restorative yoga workshop offered at 5 p.m. Friday will be donated to tsunami relief organizations, according to Swerdloff, who was in Thailand with her family at the time of the Dec. 26 disaster but was not in the affected areas. Registration for the workshop is $25.

Swerdloff offers daily ongoing classes for beginning and intermediate yoga students at Yoga Namaste, which opened last week at 342 10th Street. A licensed massage therapist and athletic trainer, Swerdloff has taught yoga at Clatsop Community College since 1999.

Beginning classes are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 to 9:15 a.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:05 to 12:50 p.m. Intermediate classes are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. Private yoga sessions, restorative yoga workshops and Thai yoga massages are also offered at the studio.

Also, a free "Introduction to Yoga" session will be offered on the first Wednesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. All yoga equipment, including mats, blocks, belts, bolsters and blankets, are provided.

For more information call 440-9761.


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