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Our new location in Astoria – at Pier 1

The rumors are true! We are adding a location to better serve the North Coast and Southwest Washington.

Within six months of our opening in January 2017, it was apparent that we were going to quickly outgrow the space on 14th & Commercial. The demand for services has been so high that many are dismayed to learn that our first available appointments can be months away. This is largely due to space considerations – with only two rooms we can only do so much. We’ve done our best juggling shifts to maximize the number of people we can accommodate, but the time has come to take a big step forward.

We are expanding in Astoria by keeping our location and adding a new one just down the Riverwalk!

Starting Monday, December 2, 2019, all acupuncture and massage therapy appointments with Watershed Wellness practitioners will be taking place at our new Pier 1 location.

Esthetics (facials) and yoga will be remaining at the Downtown location.

The address is : 10 Pier One, Suite 308, Astoria, OR 97103 (map link).

Some mapping systems do not render the address correctly. For a time, the location will show as the “Port of Astoria administrative offices” until that all gets switched over with Google.

Map & Further Location Instructions

The building, which until very recently hosted the Port of Astoria administrative offices, is three stories, red and blue, just to the West of the Megler bridge and the marina in the West Mooring Basin. The road leading to Pier 1 is Portway Street, which turns off 101 at the light next to the Portway Tavern. There are several counselors in the building, as well as forest product companies and several Port / marine traffic related businesses you may have visited in the past.

As you go down Portway street, you will cross the Riverwalk and trolley tracks (be careful!) and pass the Astoria Riverwalk Inn on the right. You will feel like you are driving into an industrial region. Depending on time of year and economic conditions, you may see stacks of logs, cruise ships, fishing boats and trucks. But, continue down Portway St and you will come to the entrance of the parking lot and see the red and blue building. You made it.

Park in the parking lot, paying attention to any signage or striping. There are multiple wheelchair accessible spaces and a spacious elevator at the Pier 1 space, so everyone should be able to access the space with no problem. Please contact us if you have any special needs that you want to be sure we can accommodate.

Contact information and scheduling

Our phone number, email addresses and website address are all staying the same. You can find this information, an online contact form and more information about both of our locations on the locations page.

All the same touches and all the same customer service support will be available to you at the new location. We are working very hard to make sure that all you experience are improvements and ongoing healing as we make this transition.

Our scheduling system will remain the same and if you have appointments scheduled for acupuncture or massage, they will be switched over to reflect the Pier 1 Location. You may receive rescheduling emails about this change. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to verify your appointments from your calendar.

More about what's great about the new Pier 1 location

We will be releasing more articles with information about what's to come for both the Downtown and the Pier 1 locations on the blog. To stay updated, be sure you're either a subscriber to the newsletter or that you follow us on Facebook or Instagram. 

For now, a little rundown of five things we're most excited about with the expansion…

  1. Increased space means existing practitioners can potentially take on more patients – meaning shorter wait time for appointments. Yes, expanding staff will be coming, and we have plenty of room to grow.
  2. Increased space also means the ability to provide a post-treatment relaxation area, expanded medicinary services and eventually classes and events in the space.
  3. The clinic location is quieter being far from the main roads. There are new sounds to experience, like battling seagulls and boat traffic. But overall, a more peaceful treatment experience.
  4. The views are fantastic, and we have new businesses and neighbors to connect with.
  5. Much better parking experience, while still maintaining the connection to the convenient and iconic Riverwalk!

 

Tapas: Voluntary Self-Change

September is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s the month I moved to Oregon, 19 years ago. I moved here with hope, optimism, and excitement as I started my third year in college after transferring from the University of Nebraska. One of the most exciting things to me, as a transfer student to Oregon State University, was the yoga class that I was signed up for through OSU. In Nebraska in 2000, yoga wasn’t a thing yet. We didn’t have exposure to these practices in the way that we do now. We didn’t have Instagram and Facebook and influencers showing us how to do yoga in gorgeous places. I was lucky to start my yoga journey with someone who was well-versed in yoga philosophy and movement and knew what they were doing. Someone who had the grace and good humor to teach college students who are likely not super focused on leading a yogic lifestyle. This initial exposure to yoga changed me in unexpected ways and helped set me on the path I’m on today. 

Each September I think about my move to Oregon and my very first yoga classes. I am reminded of the discipline of the school year and how important it is to engage in learning and growing and making oneself the best iteration of yourself that you can be.

September reminds me that the process of learning and growing is never over, and that to continue to change and grow we continually engage in the difficulty of life and the challenges that come with being alive in this world. It reminds me of the yoga principle of Tapas.

Tapas, the third Niyama (observance), is defined as our determined effort to become someone of character and strength. Tapas is a process of voluntary self-limitation and self-challenge and means “heat” or “glow”. The practice of tapas asks us to be disciplined enough to walk through the fire in order to achieve purity. It means staying disciplined enough to engage with the difficulty of life rather than taking the easy route. Fall is an excellent time to examine our lives and our reactions and cut away the ones that don’t help us become better humans.

As we move into the more structured time of the fall, we can set in place goals that enable us to choose actions of body, speech and mind that are uplifting rather than avoiding.

Think about how you react when something challenging happens in your life. Do you turn toward the easy comforts of food,

drink, and whatever is popular on Netflix? Or do you engage with the challenge and move through it rather than stick your head in the sand and ignore the difficulty? By moving through rather than around we are like a rough rock tumbling in a rock polisher. Over time, the friction wears us into something shiny and beautiful. If we avoid the discomfort by numbing ourselves to whatever is difficult, we don’t grow. 

Tapas is also about controlling impulses. It begins with denying ourselves a particular desire – instead of instant gratification we choose postponement. As we get used to not satisfying our basic desires we can increasingly gain control over our impulses. Growing and self-denial need not necessarily be negative. The denial of our impulses and desires allows for space to practice austerity of body, speech and mind. We are able to be better at not harming others, at being kind and truthful and gentle. We are able to be less bound by our tendencies toward feeding ourselves, body and mind and spirit, with the things that don’t truly serve us. Through this cultivation of ourselves, we can be a source of warmth, comfort and strength for others. And it’s through this cultivation that we can become better equipped to handle the challenges that life throws our way and come out better for it. 

Ways you can practice tapas in your life: 

  • Try changing a pattern or a habit. Choose a practice of nourished eating, meditation, contemplation or something else that impacts the quality of your essence. 
  • Remember times in your life that were hard and how you were shaped by these hard times. Notice other times where you checked out and tried to avoid difficulty. 
  • Pay attention to your daily choices. Are you making choices that build strength and character or choices that are indulgent and numbing you from your life? 
  • Get up early and spend the time cultivating yourself through yoga asana, meditation, walking or journaling. 
  • Find support in this process. Do you surround yourself with like-minded people who are also engaged in the process of becoming better humans? Talk with others about your struggles and triumphs. 
  • Be open to learning and growing. 

Showing up for regular yoga asana practice can be an act of tapas. As yoga teachers, the discipline it takes to continually engage with these practices is sometimes hard for us, too. We appreciate your continued commitment to and engagement with these movement practices. Thank you for practicing yoga, and thank you for practicing yoga with us. We look forward to seeing you on the mat soon.

xo,

Amanda and the WW yoga team

For updated information on our public classes, check out our class schedule here.

Interested in learning more about the yamas, niyamas, pranayama, movement and your body? Check out our other blog articles.