Who We Are
Our Credo & Culture
Every Namaspa team member - each teacher, ambassador, teacher-in-training is asked to read, process, question and adhere to the following agreements. Grounded in yoga ethics, we use them to settle any and all conflicts that inevitably arise.
Namaspa’s intent is to assist individuals to enhance their power - the ability to live at their full potential and to realize their life's mission through peaceful action. As a member of the Namaspa team, I promise to create a safe space for all students to be at home and at ease, where they can be themselves and feel accepted for who they are.
I pledge to see the divine light within others and to treat them accordingly, with respect, love and compassion. If I have an issue with another person, my first course of action will be to speak directly to him or her about it, as I would a brother or sister, in an accountable fashion to find a peaceful solution.
I pledge to work and interact with others in accordance with the Core Values and Mission Mantras of Namaspa:
Core Values: Unity, Integrity & Empowerment
Create Inclusiveness & Accessability
Hold a Safe Space for Discovery
Speak the Truth from Love
...and in accordance with the ethics of yoga practice, in particular:
Nonviolence: I will practice acceptance and compassion for myself and others, ensuring that my actions are kind and helpful, to avoid creating injury or destruction of any kind.
Non-lying: I commit to speaking words derived from honesty, truth and love, and not speaking words that derive from deception, assumption, exaggeration or creating or furthering gossip.
Non-stealing: I commit not to take anything that has not been freely given, including the time, resources and possessions of others.
Non-harassing: I will not harass, exploit or intimidate anyone at any time.
Non-grasping: I will embrace the continuous flow of change in our environment and embrace and encourage this for myself and others around me.
I acknowledge and agree to fulfill the responsibilities of my role at Namaspa with the full understanding of the task, the results and the example set for others. I acknowledge that I am a teacher here, teaching empowerment, regardless of my role and whether or I am on my mat, at the check-in desk, interacting with students, on a retreat or in another yoga studio.
In summary, I pledge to continue to make myself good, the studio good and the teachers, students and volunteers good, in all words and actions.
Namaspa Yoga and Massage began in 2007 in the heart of founder - and Bend native - Suzie Harris Newcome. "I was working in the corporate world in Boston and my body was not liking it. My low back hurt. I wasn't sleeping well at all. I did not feel healthy or well. When I came back home to Bend to take care of my Mom who had Parkinson's, I found myself in the space to make decisions. I could take the job the corporate headhunters kept hounding me about, or I could do a wild thing and stay in my hometown and open a yoga studio. I'd already spent time at Kripalu training in and doing meditation and massage, and I'd discovered a video tape of Baron Baptiste's yoga practice. I about wore that tape out. So, I decided to look up his yoga teacher trainings, found one in Hawaii (sweet!) and signed up. I didn't do a whole lot of research before I left for it. I didn't even know it was a heated yoga practice until I got to the Level 1 training! What a surprise that was!"
Over the next several years, Suzie continued to train, and she led several programs on behalf of the Baptiste Institute. What started out at punch card classes at a local martial arts gym grew to our current west Bend location on Galveston Avenue, with Suzie leading her own yoga teacher trainings to create a culture and teachers for the studio.
In 2014, Suzie took on a new business partner, Nancy Lumpkin. With Nancy's background in HR, she refined many of Namaspa's HR systems and processes. It was during Nancy's tenure that Namaspa built out the upstairs Lite Studio and added more massage rooms. When Brandy Berlin, a life-long educator looking to transition out of public school teaching suggested adding a second Redmond location, Suzie and Nancy were a big yes. Namaspa Redmond opened to a packed house in November 2015. A year later when Nancy decided to retire and travel, ownership transferred to Brandy.
In 2018, we added our non-profit arm, the Namaspa Foundation, which delivers yoga and mindfulness to underserved populations in Central and Eastern Oregon. During and since covid, we kept both our Bend and Redmond locations open, added an online studio, and a John Day satellite studio manned by Namaspa's Communications Director and John Day Community Outreach Coordinator Ashley Stevick.
Namaspa grew and continues to thrive because of Suzie's original belief: If you build it, they will come. If you give people safe, thoughtful, mindful, and consistently high-quality yoga instruction, they will come back. If you open your arms and love people and let them experience being of contribution to the larger community, they will stay forever.