Meet Our Team: Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Pamela
Meet Pamela! She is one of our virtual Vinyasa teachers. She has used the physical aspects of Yoga to help her injuries but it wasn’t until she was exposed to the traditional practices in Bhakti Yoga that she began to find healing beyond just the physical. Whether you are seeking inner or outer balance, her purpose is to support your journey by delivering a flow fused with nurturing vitality that allow you, the yogi, to release, center and strengthen your heart, mind, body and spirit. She further incorporates her experience as an Ayurveda Practitioner and personal trainer to create the most beneficial flows for you, as natural medicine. Find out more about Pamela below…
AGY: What is your favorite mantra?
Pamela: “Om tatpurushay vidmahe mahadevay dheemahi tanno rudrah prachodayat,” with this mantra I ask my guru daily to illuminate my mind.
AGY: Why are you passionate about teaching yoga?
Pamela: It has brought healing and balance to my life. It has also brought me to a state of being in my life where I can be armed against anything externally that can throw me off and I am able to connect to divinity, the divinity within us all. It doesn’t matter what walk of life you are, Yoga is natural medicine for anyone. I teach from kids to seniors, I want to pass what I’ve learned along to others so they can experience the same benefits that I’ve attained, the healing, the joy and the balance.
AGY: Favorite asana and why?
Pamela: I started with Sirsasana headstand but I wanted to add more, so from there I went to forearm balance or Pincha Mayurasana. I love inversions, they’re fun, detoxing, empowering and invigorating.
AGY: What is your Astrology Sign and how do you relate to it?
Pamela: My sun Sign is Libra, but I can relate much more with Scorpio which is my Venus and Mars sign. Scorpio is reserved but observant, loyal, passionate, determined.
AGY: Favorite inspirational quote:
Pamela: “Never, never, never give up” – Winston Churchill. Also a quote my father always used to tell my siblings and I, “you are what you think” by the Buddha.
AGY: Describe yourself in three words:
Pamela: Energetic, creative, and student…student of life.
AGY: What is your spirit animal and why?
Pamela: I’ve always been into rabbits since I was young and had a few throughout my life. I wasn’t aware why I felt such a connection, like a rabbit whisperer I guess lol, until I went to the Mayan ruins and talked to a Mayan astrologer where he explained to me that the rabbit was my spirit animal. In Mayan astrology, they represent nature, fertility, the seed, make things grow. I identify with them as my spirit animal because they first appear shy and reserved, but once they get to know you they are chill, affectionate, sharp and have a little spunk.
AGY: What brings you most joy and why?
Pamela: Cooking, I learned to cook when I was really young, around 5 I was in the kitchen helping out, and I was making full meals by 9 because both of my parents worked so I had to learn to cook for my siblings. It’s very therapeutic and soothing, for me, the process and the love you put into the food while making it and providing it for others, loved ones, friends and family. Food is love.
AGY: What’s your biggest fear and why?
Pamela: Not being able to physically practice yoga, I want to be able to practice yoga until I am 101.
AGY: If you live in LA, when and why did you move here?
Pamela: I was born in LA, my home town is Inglewood. I spent the majority of my childhood there and early 20’s, I moved away for a few years but I’ve always had love for the city. I was a teacher and a cross country coach for the high schools, I have taught Yoga in my local park, my family is also here. I love my hometown.
AGY: What is one thing you have learned from quarantine?
Pamela: I learned how to better take care of myself and how to slow down because I’m naturally a go getter and I was always on the go. Even though Yoga is my solace and strength, having more free time has allowed me to be able to nurture myself even further and do all the things that make me more centered, that I didn’t have time to do before. I’m grateful.
To attend a Virtual Vinyasa yoga class with Pamela, check our schedule here.