Pam started yoga in Hong Kong over 25 years ago, and was immediately enchanted by the incredible scope of yoga - physical, mental; easy as you want it, and at the same time intricately, internally demanding. 18 years ago she qualified to teach.
She was introduced to Shadow yoga in 2003, and this judicious style of hatha yoga continues to be her personal practice. Pam trains regularly with Karen Watson. See Shadowyoga.com for more information.
Pam qualified to teach children through Yoga Therapy Ireland, and uses the power of story to explore emotions, mindfulness, and relaxation.
She co-created a summer CPD course for primary school teachers, to train others to leverage the benefits of yoga for children in the classroom.
Pam leads Yoga & Sleep Retreats at Lisnavagh, Co. Carlow. Launched in 2010, these popular retreats answer the need for simply good sleep, supported by a physical yoga practcie, nutritious food, and fresh air.
Pam's private lessons respond to those seeking support beyond what a group setting offers, and guidance to develop a safe and useful home practice.
Pam's classes help people cultivate the connection between body and mind, encouraging a meditative practice. Students often comment on how limbered, refreshed and relaxed they feel after class. Many have succeeded in using relaxation techniques learned in class to restore and recharge themselves in their daily lives.
Beginner's classes teach fundamentals of movement, coordination, breathwork, and develop strength, flexibility, and familiarity with classic Hatha Yoga asana. This class takes a gentle approach and is aimed at those who need to develop physical strength, coordination and balance gradually.
Mixed Level classes develop on the fundamental squencing and introduce a variety of asana, with the focus on standing postures to develop leg strength and flexibility, which is the foundation of practicing floor work (seated, lying, inverted).
Intermediate classes introduce more subtle elements to the practice, including bandhas and mudras. More advanced variatins of asanas are brought in. This level is aimed at those developing a regular personal practice.
Pam developed programmes for Office Yoga, to help bring wellness to the workplace. Simple movements and mindful breathing reduce physical and mental stress and result in better focus and productivity. To inquire about a session or series for your company, contact Pam.
Done correctly (within one's limits, yet wtih sufficient effort), yoga cultivates the individual physically and mentally. The breath is the link between body and mind. Different methods of breathing have the power to draw the mind inwards, massage internal organs, release toxins, calm the nervous system, and thereby control energy. Yoga helps to preserve and contain energy, and can be a life long practice that develops focus, acceptance and joy.
Yoga is an art and a science that provides a practical, integrated education for the body, mind and spirit.
The word "yoga" is derived fro the Sanskrit word yug, meaning to bind, join or yoke. It is the art of directing and concentrating the attention, bringing an 'incoherent and scattered mind to a reflective and coherent state'*. The practice of asana (steady postures), pranayama (expansion of the vital energy through the breath), pratyahara (withdrawl of the senses), along with observance of the yamas and niyamas (individual and social ethical disciplines), leads to the fruits of yoga: concentration, contemplation, and profound meditation (dharana, dhyana and samadhi). This eightfold practice is "astanga yoga".
Who can do yoga?
Yoga can be practiced by everyone, according to their abilities and needs. This means that you can start at any stage of life and any level of fitness; but it also means that people who are young, old, fit, unfit, healthy, unwell, male, female, pregnant, menstruating, stressed, energetic, lethargic, will have different needs and will be able for different postures. From that starting point, the practice is built.
Yoga is not ...
A religion (you can practice and develop spiritually without contradiction to religious beliefs).
A miracle cure (benefits come with practice).
Competitive (work for your self, in the moment, without comparison to others or to your past self).
Physical exercise only (mental focus, correct breathing and positive attitude are part of yoga).
Owned by anyone.
*Iyengar, BKS (2004). Light on Pranayama, Crossroad Publishing Co, NY.