Why did we create a Watershed Wellness yoga studio in Astoria?

Watershed Wellness has been a center for high quality natural medicine in Oregon since 2009. For many years, we had no overt movement practices integrated into our clinic – it wasn't our focus or expertise. However, Amanda Barp has been a practitioner of yoga for many years. To deepen this practice, she decided to undergo rigorous yoga teacher training in Portland – which opened her eyes to the fun & power of teaching yoga. So, it was natural to include a yoga studio in Astoria when we opened our second clinic.

But it's not simply interest and opportunity that led us to open a yoga studio in Astoria

In our clinical practice, we so often see that massage and acupuncture patients need to gain strength, flexibility and relearn patterns of movement so they can heal more quickly and avoid future injury. This preventative focus is very important to us at Watershed Wellness. Yes, we can help you once you’ve already been injured – but what’s even better is to avoid the problem in the first place. Yoga can be a tremendous boon in this regard.

While there are excellent options for yoga in Astoria, we felt that we could offer something new to complement what people are already doing well here.

Our focus is to help all kinds of people ease their way into a healthy, long lived yoga practice. Yoga is individual – there's no one way to be a person doing yoga. The most important thing is that you practice in a way that honors your anatomy, your history, and your goals for your body in the future.

Too often eager new yoga students charge into positions that aren't right for them – get injured – and end up abandoning yoga altogether to avoid future injury. This is a shame, since careful, intentful and physiologically customized yoga can relieve pain and prevent injury – the opposite shouldn't be the case.

Some people don't get there at all – instead they avoid yoga altogether thinking it is too difficult, embarrassing or woo-woo for them. Nothing could be further from the truth! This is a time tested, physiologically helpful way of maintaining healthy flexibility and strength through your entire lifespan. There are levels of yoga, and approaches to yoga, for everyone.

At Watershed Wellness, Amanda combines many years of experience studying anatomy and physiology as a massage therapist, with her excellent yoga teacher training from the Bhaktishop in Portland, OR, to create yoga classes that are just the right combination of challenge, relaxation, quiet & fun. She adapts to what each class needs, and includes information about yoga philosophy & her own lessons in practice as appropriate.

You'll find a complete class that is just right for you at Watershed Wellness' yoga studio in Astoria. And you really cannot beat the view looking out over the mighty Columbia River.

To encourage you to come try out our yoga classes we're offering an ongoing intro special

Try all our classes with the intro special – 2 weeks of unlimited classes for only $20. This will allow you to experience all the teachers' unique styles as well as experimenting with different days and times to ensure that your yoga practice gets off on the right foot.
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Check out our schedule of classes today!

Organic Skin therapy for spring – renewal and detox


With a promising season of lush greenery and fresh blooms around the corner, spring will present us with an opportunity to engage the tradition of renewal. It's a time to watch the natural world emerge, and to help ourselves do the same. In Portland, spring will bring back the lilacs and cherry trees, filling the city with color and a heady floral fragrance.

Also relevant this time of year: the need to detox and start thinking about an active spring and summer season ahead

In order to take full advantage of what the warmer seasons have to offer (more hiking, swimming, boating, gardening, picnicking, trips to the farms and farmer’s markets…), you’ll need to be in your best physical shape and health.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what makes me feel healthy, and some small steps I can take to modify my normal routine in order to ease into better habits. As a skin therapist, that means many things to me. Diet, exercise, and general self-care are my top priorities, and it’s always a reflection of my esthetics practice here at Watershed.

“What does being a skin therapist, or facials, have to do with your overall health,” you ask?  

A lot, actually. What if I told you I could actually detox or aid you in a personal cleanse just by giving you a facial?

It’s simple, really. Lymphatic drainage, a common form of massage and routinely touted in Eastern medicine as a necessary component, works to move stagnant lymphatic fluid that carries toxins and waste to the lymph disposal system, which detoxifies the body.

A number of noticeable benefits, like reduced puffiness, leaner jawline, and more energy, are just some of the ways in which lymphatic drainage is important. This type of massage, combined with natural skin care products and a variety of in-house concoctions, are all carefully designed to give you your best looking skin ever.

Sounds like a great start to spring, right?

Here are some other small steps I’m recommending for a rite of renewal.

  • Throw away your old spices and clean out your pantry. The desire to make clean, healthy dishes is a great way to kick start good routines, but not with 1-2 year old spices. Restock your ground ginger, turmeric, cumin, smoked paprika, and all other goodies to ensure a healthy pantry.
  • Stretch in the morning. The minute you wake up. Even if it’s just for five minutes, it’s better than not stretching at all.
  • Switch up your daily water intake. Add some herbs or citrus fruits to encourage good circulation and better hydration. Buy a new water bottle or thoroughly clean the current one you’ve got.
  • Clean off your feet and give them a good rub before you go to bed. Clean feet in a clean bed, along with a foot rub, will ensure relaxation and no grime from walking barefoot around the house. If you’re feeling spry–rub some tea tree or oregano oil on your feet before bed. 

Last but not least, I’ve designed a Spring Detox Facial as my seasonal facial, available in a 60 or 90 minute** version

In addition to the classic serums and masques from Eminence, you can expect:

  1. Sparkling water infused with fresh lemon slices and vanilla-scented black tea, for cleansing the skin. This concoction will serve up refreshing antioxidants and polyphenols with a caffeine kick to revitalize. Lemon and sparkling water provide a cooling, invigorating tonic.
  2. Lavender aromatic steam towels, to promote relaxation.
  3. A detoxifying lymphatic massage to aid in waste elimination through the skin, combined with a relaxing facial massage to follow.
  4. An arctic berry polypeptide cream, to finish with true radiance.

**The 90 minute includes a detoxifying menthol-camphor foot treatment and an ice compress application at the end of the treatment. Feels truly amazing.

Make an appointment on our website for a Spring Detox treatment.


You might want to try pairing it with a check-in with one of our Naturopaths, a series of Acupuncture treatments or a therapeutic and relaxing massage. Treat yourself right as we move into spring!