Dear Yoga Samadhi Community,
I think we can all agree...there is no place like Yoga Samadhi. What a special and beautiful yoga studio. There are no words to express the depth of my gratitude for this space, this community, the teachers and all of the students here in the beautiful Columbia Gorge.
On January 1, 2021, it will be truly an honor to take over for Crystal Borup as she heads out on her next life adventure! She is, and will continue to be, a gift to our community. As we all know, Crystal has put great love & care, countless hours, and her impressive business management expertise into Yoga Samadhi, getting the website and all of our systems set-up so that finding us and attending classes is easier than ever. She is a super star! She is family. Please know that she is not gone. Crystal is still here and will continue to teach her Sunday classes, teacher trainings, and retreats, even when traveling, even from afar.
I would also like to express my deep gratitude and respect for Kathy Kacena, founder and long-time owner of Yoga Samadhi Columbia Gorge. She had a vision and the inspiration to manifest that vision. Kathy brought boundless energy, love, and commitment when she opened this studio years ago. She has so generously cared for and maintained this beautiful space for our community and her classes and presence bring so much to so many. Kathy will continue to teach and be a guiding light for years to come. The culture she has established will be celebrated and carried with gratitude into the future.
We are thankful to both of these women for the love and wisdom they continue to share with all of us. We very much look forward to the day we may all gather again in the gorgeous Yoga Samadhi space with a full schedule of classes and all of our amazing teachers. For now, we will gather a few at a time and see each other in online classes. What a joy it is to see all of your faces, to feel that connection. and community.
As we move forward together, please know that no matter what is happening in the world, we are here for you. The spirit of Yoga Samadhi will carry on within each of us, and through the studio, and we will continue to offer the classes and teachers you love.
Find your mat, perhaps dust it off ;), move, stretch, breathe, feel better.
Hope to see you soon!
Pamela Stone Chambers
Most of my childhood was spent in the San Francisco East Bay area until my family relocated to the Portland area when I was 14 yrs old. My parents were always into sustainable living and they took it to the next level on 12 acres in Tualatin, OR. We had cows, goats, chickens, rabbits, a beautiful garden, fruit trees and, of course, we all pitched in at the local co-op.
My life journey has been filled with hard work and adventure. I have enjoyed trail running, surfing, skiing and mountain biking over the years and have been fortunate enough to explore distant lands. After California, I lived in Oregon, Colorado, Southern California, South Carolina, and Arizona. In 1996, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic in South Carolina.
Through the Network Chiropractic Community, I met my wonderful husband, Ian Chambers. We were married on Muir Beach in the Spring of 2003. The redwoods and magnificent beaches called to us, so we settled in Santa Cruz and opened our practice together, Healing Waves Wellness Center. It was such a joy to live and serve in Santa Cruz. We brought our children into the world, enjoyed the great outdoors, became part of a dynamic community, and loved running Healing Waves together. After 13 years and a little Divine Guidance, we made the big leap to the beautiful Columbia Gorge 5 years ago. Ian now owns Chambers Family Chiropractic in Bingen, WA.
When we moved to White Salmon, I wanted to take time off from practicing chiropractic to help our kids with the transition. It felt important to be available to them, to care for our home, and be a support for our whole family. I became very involved with the schools and PTO, and continued to support our business from home. We soon discovered that my new role was valuable and enriching for all of us. Now, our kids have settled nicely into the Gorge and are at ages where they need me less (Kiana is 12 (almost 13) and Nathan is 14). It feels like the perfect time to give back to this community which has welcomed us so warmly.
Finding White Salmon has been a gift to our family in so many ways, including discovering the sweetest yoga studio I have ever been to, Yoga Samadhi. All of the teachers and classes, and the gorgeous, peaceful space, have been a treasure and a light on my path since arriving. Becoming neighbors and friends with Crystal, sharing long walks and talks, only provided more inspiration. The fire was lit.
As for my yoga background, I took my first class when I went to visit my sister, Janet Stone, in LA in 1997. I was moved by the practice and inspired by her teacher, Max Strom. Since then, I have practiced yoga off and on for 23 years. My sister went on to become a powerful and inspiring yoga teacher to many, and I have been blessed to attend several yoga retreats led by Janet at Esalen and in other spectacular locations. I am currently attending an RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training with her, and hope to teach at Yoga Samadhi at some point in the future. My focus now is supporting our teachers and community.
Much Love to you All.