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I’m Suzie Newcome, the founder of Nama Spa, 750hr Tier 3 Certified Baptiste Teacher, FIT to Lead graduate and former member of the Baptiste Teacher Leader Faculty through which I facilitated 16 Baptiste programs in the U.S. and Canada. I wasn’t always a yogi – I grew up in Bend on a small farm on the East side. After graduating from Mountain View HS in ’88, I moved to Boston, went to Harvard (’94), Harvard Business School (’99), and worked for more than 10 years in advertising, retail and strategy consulting. In 2005, however, I decided to leave the corporate world, move back to Bend and change the focus of my career to helping people live healthier, more stress-free and more balanced lives. The reason for this is that I have lived the benefits of yoga and massage first-hand. In my corporate life I suffered chronic low back pain, as well as insomnia, weakened immunity, and general chronic fatigue due to stress from work. After trying the traditional route of prescription drugs, I started exploring more holistic approaches. I found that regular massage (at least once a month), greatly helped me relax and let go of built up tension, helping me feel more balanced and be more productive. Yoga’s meditative breath work and stretching helped me sleep soundly again, and when I discovered Baptiste Power Yoga I realized I could build strength, stamina and mindfulness at the same time. Baptiste yoga has literally transformed my life – it helped me wake up to see what my most important priorities are, and it continues to help me daily to step outside of my narrow view of the world to be more present, loving and compassionate with myself and others around me. Related Certifications: * 750hr Tier 3 Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher * Baptiste assistant at 25 trainings, including 14 weeklongs * Licensed Massage Therapist, Oregon License #13905 * Kripalu 500-hr Massage Certification (includes relaxation, deep-tissue and energy balancing) * Kripalu 200-hr Yoga Certification * Registered with Yoga Alliance at 500-hr E-RYT level * Healing Child/Health Oasis Resort Level 1 Thai Massage Certification & Thai Massage Level 1 & 2 with Jessica Layton; graduate of YogaAnatomy.net Principles Course with Leslie Kaminoff (72 class hours of anatomy)