ClearSpring Yoga will open its doors from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to commemorate the ending of the year and to raise funds for “Take Root,” Chattanooga’s urban tree planting initiative.
Kick-started by support from the Benwood foundation, the initial Take Root plan will plant 1,500 trees in the expanded Central Business Area. These plantings will eventually increase the tree canopy from seven to 15 percent.
Sue Reynolds, co-director of ClearSpring Yoga, said, “We at ClearSpring Yoga want to help encourage our community to participate in this tree-planting project by making donations that will go toward the purchase and care of these trees. City Forester Gene Hyde says that over the five-year program, it will cost about $500,000 just to purchase the trees. That’s a lot of money, but a lot of little money makes up a lot of money. So ClearSpring will put out the donation bucket on New Year’s Eve for this cause that has obvious environmental benefits, and with its slogan of 'Plant-Grow-Sustain' is also symbolic of a new beginning as we enter the new year.”
Donations can also be made directly to the program at TakeRootChattanooga.com.
ClearSpring Yoga invites all to come by on New Year’s Eve "and end this year on a positive and introspective note with them. One can walk a labyrinth, listen to mellow live music (provided by Annie Sherrill and friends), and make wishes for next year."
A quiet meditation area will be available also.
Donations to Take Root are voluntary.
ClearSpring Yoga is located on North Market Street in North Chattanooga across the street from the North Chattanooga Walgreens and behind First Tennessee Bank.