ABOUT

Having received her Master’s in Exercise Physiology/Adult Corporate Fitness…

Pam became a certified yoga instructor (E-RYT) and began to teach yoga classes in her 20’s. Eventually her passion for the practice led her to open her own yoga studio, which she ran successfully for 7 years. She then presented workshops and co-lead teacher trainings where she was able to enjoy watching teachers and students learn, grow, and thrive.

She shows that by sharing her own knowledge, as well as that of the yoga world, we can elevate our practice with cues that will transform the poses and body knowledge that will individualize the practice for us. Pam’s goal is to inspire students and instructors alike to confidently bring a fresh, re-energized perspective to their mats whenever it is needed.

How I learned to inspire my classes and my practice, and help others do the same.

While gathering information from physical therapists, chiropractors, and trainers, I ask a million questions and then figure out how to use the information in my own practice as well as enhancing my students practice.

Owning a yoga studio, raising two babies, and cancer…

Looking back I’m not sure how I did it. Sure, I had some help, but I was all over the place…and LOVED it…for a while.

I’d teach a class while my kids were napping and then again after dinner; bring them to the studio to play after their naps while I cleaned; and then sign in and out classes when they headed off to preschool.

Oh, and the cancer. That’s what motivated me to open a yoga studio. I was 16 when I was originally diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

I will never forget when my youngest was 6 months old and my oldest was 2 1/2 years old getting a call from my Dr. that a biopsy they took came back malignant and the cancer had returned.

Since that scare, I’ve had numerous cancer recurrences as well as a benign brain tumor. These recurrences are a blessing for me because living in high alert for much of my life, I was forced to look at it a little differently.

I am naturally a fearful person (probably why safety is such a focus for me) and I probably wouldn’t have accomplished as much without those health issues. I am also blessed to say that I feel very healthy now.

I made deals with G-D to let me let me live long enough for my kids to remember me.

I didn’t know what to expect. Within 2 years and no time to waste (at least in my mind), I followed my dream and opened the doors of Healing Power Yoga in Highland Park, IL.

I was teaching nearly every class offered for the first year and by the second year Healing Power Yoga had moved to a bigger space and I started hiring more instructors.

Less than 3 years later, there were 40 classes on the schedule with 20 instructors and 2 locations. I had my ups and downs, but the experience was extraordinary! I learned a lot!

"Pam researches, plans and shares info in each and every class. She is a true gift to yoga and all her students."

– Lisa R.

I practice yoga not only to breathe, but to FEEL.

Yoga inspired me and gave me a purpose and a direct way to help others…including my family.

Looking back, I can’t believe how little I knew…

I​ ​can​ ​remember​ ​students​ ​coming​ ​in​ ​telling​ ​me​ ​their​ ​doctor​ ​told​ ​them​ ​to​ ​come​ ​to​ ​yoga​ ​and​ ​that’s why​ ​they​ ​were​ ​in​ ​class…and I would tell them what my teachers told me, having no idea why I was saying what I was. While I had a good grasp of the body, I didn’t understand quite yet how it pertained to yoga…especially back issues.

I​ ​remember​ ​working​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​practice​ ​the​ ​arm​ ​balances​ ​and​ ​inversions​ ​with​ ​ease​ ​while not​ ​worrying​ ​at​ ​all​ about​ ​the​ ​safety​ ​of​ ​my​ ​neck,​ ​back,​ ​or​ ​shoulders…because​ ​nothing​ ​hurt​ ​back then!!

I​ ​taught classes​ ​at​ ​Gatorade​ ​corporation​ ​when​ ​I​ ​first​ ​started​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​taught​ ​Eric​ ​Shiffman’s​ ​class from​ ​beginning​ ​to​ ​end.​ ​Every​ ​time!​ ​For​ ​months!

Telling​ ​a​ ​student​ ​who​ ​came​ ​to​ ​class​ ​with​ ​back​ ​issues​ ​to​ ​avoid backbends…having​ ​no​ ​idea​ ​the different​ ​kinds​ ​of​ ​back​ ​issues.​ ​ Hint:​ ​gentle backbends​ ​can​ ​be​ ​helpful​ ​for​ ​bulging/herniated​ ​discs.

Going​ ​to​ ​workshops​ ​and​ ​conferences​ ​and​ ​just​ ​believing​ ​everything​ ​I​ ​was​ ​told.

Feeling​ ​insecure​ ​with​ ​what​ ​I​ ​actually​ ​knew​ ​when​ ​it​ ​came​ ​to​ ​the anatomy/biomechanics​ ​of​ ​the body​ ​as​ ​it​ ​pertained​ ​to​ ​yoga…even​ ​though​ ​I​ ​had​ ​my​ ​masters​ ​in​ ​exercise​ ​physiology.

I learned:

  • That after years of teaching I had to regularly come up with inspiring cues to not only keep myself motivated but my students as well.
  • The more body knowledge I acquired (by meeting with physical therapists, chiropractors, trainers and experts in their fields) the more I was able to help many levels of students in the same class as well as grow my private student base. (I no longer teach privates by choice, but years ago when I did, that knowledge made a huge difference in growing my private base.)
  • Having classes that made sense and left my students feeling safe and strong made students want to come back for more.
  • That I am not here to say there is one right or wrong way. I am here to give options for students to try based on the knowledge that I have, not just repeating something I read and believing it to be “right”.

I learned:

  • That after years of teaching I had to regularly come up with inspiring cues to not only keep myself motivated but my students as well.
  • The more body knowledge I acquired (by meeting with physical therapists, chiropractors, trainers and experts in their fields) the more I was able to help many levels of students in the same class as well as grow my private student base. (I no longer teach privates by choice, but years ago when I did, that knowledge made a huge difference in growing my private base.)
  • Having classes that made sense and left my students feeling safe and strong made students want to come back for more.
  • That I am not here to say there is one right or wrong way. I am here to give options for students to try based on the knowledge that I have, not just repeating something I read and believing it to be “right”.

My teaching style is known for blending strength and softness with safety always at the forefront.

Where I am now in 2019

So here I am 20 plus years after taking up yoga wanting to continue to grow in the yoga world and help others, but struggling with how to do that.

Well, life threw me a curve-ball so big, and so powerful, it brought me to my knees…literally…many times.

What was born from the hardest period of my life, is my new mission: empowering yoga instructors and curious students so they can empower their practice and continue to grow.

Whether for personal growth or financial growth, I will share all I have learned and connect you to what I feel are the best teachers, podcasts, articles, and videos, to help keep you inspired and moving forward.

I love to share!

Between​ ​my​ ​education​ ​in​ ​exercise​ ​physiology,​ ​owning​ ​a​ ​yoga​ ​studio,​ ​leading​ ​teacher​ ​trainings and​ ​workshops,​ ​and​ ​my​ ​personal​ ​struggles,​ ​the​ ​common​ ​denominator​ ​for​ ​me​ ​is​ ​the​ ​joy​ ​I​ ​get when​ ​I’m​ ​helping​ ​other​ ​people​ ​grow​ ​and​ ​thrive.​

​Seeing​ ​how​ ​a​ ​cue​ ​or​ ​suggestion​ ​can​ ​impact​ ​my students​ ​(physically​ ​or​ ​mentally)​ ​has​ ​kept​ ​me​ ​motivated​ ​all​ ​these​ ​years.​ ​

Having​ ​students​ ​thank me​ ​for​ ​making​ ​a​ ​pose​ ​more​ ​comfortable​ ​(good​ ​prep​ ​poses!),​ ​helping​ ​to​ ​make​ ​their​ ​day​ ​better because​ ​of​ ​a​ ​quote​ ​or​ ​deeper​ ​connection​ ​to​ ​their​ ​breath,​ ​or​ ​showing​ ​them​ ​another​ ​option​ ​of​ ​how to​ ​do​ ​a​ ​pose​ ​because​ ​of​ ​back,​ ​shoulder,​ ​or​ ​other​ ​issues​ ​is​ ​rewarding.​

​It’s​ ​now​ ​time​ ​for​ ​me​ ​to share​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​I​ ​can​ ​with​ ​as​ ​many​ ​yogis​ ​as​ ​I​ ​can.

It​ ​is​ ​very​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​go​ ​online​ ​and​ ​find​ ​yoga​ ​articles,​ ​videos​ ​and​ ​workshops,​ ​but​ ​what’s​ ​not easy​ ​is​ ​deciphering​ ​the​ ​high​ ​quality​ ​info​ ​from​ ​the​ ​mediocre​ ​to​ ​low.

​ I​ ​will share​ ​with​ ​you​ ​inspirations​ ​from​ ​around​ ​the​ ​yoga​ ​world​ ​to​ ​empower​ ​your​ ​practice​ ​and​ ​your teaching.

Sign up for my quick inspirations (one cue, tip, song, and quote) you can use in class each week and/or my monthly playlist, which is sent at the beginning of the month.

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