"The meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realization of yoga, of union." Rabindranath Tagore
“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” “The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” ― Yogi Bhajan
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” — The Bhagavad Gita
“The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.” — Jason Crandell
"There is no progress toward ultimate freedom without transformation, and this is the key issue in all lives... Asanas
maintain the strength and health of the body, without which little progress can be made. Asanas keep the body in harmony with nature." - B.K.S. Iyengar
"May all beings be happy, healthy and whole. May we each see the light, the truth of our connected nature, the unconditional love that is our glue, our infinite source and creator of all we are intended to become as we blossom, open like the lotus, as we transform like butterflies. May we each be fully aware of each moment of infinite opportunity, of each breath we are blessed to take in that moment, connecting us to the air we all receive and give, the love that keeps us alive, the love that lives on and on forever after every breath that ceases. May we each awake every day grateful and thankful for the opportunity to live and learn, to journey here, for this beautiful creation, this art, of which we are a unique and priceless part. Namaste." -Pamela, Thriving Lotus
C-IAYT 800 HR Yoga Therapist & 500 RYT (Certified Registered Yoga Teacher), Trauma-Informed
Multi-Certified: Holistic Well-Being and Life Balance Coach, Transformational Embodiment & Soul Purpose Coach & Spiritual Whole-Body Mentor & Mindfulness Life Coach, Relationship Coach & Workshop Facilitator, Ahimsa (Non-Harming) Communications Specialist,
Vibrational Sound & Energy Health Practitioner (Usui Reiki Master Certified) & Holistic Natural Therapies Practitioner, Certified Therapeutic Arts Coach
"My mission is to facilitate through yoga and other creative and natural therapies an environment where others feel supported and encouraged to love and embody their full being through self-awareness of the body, mind and spirit and oneness with the whole of nature. Meditation, pranayama and yoga and other intuitive, somatic movement and relaxation practices have been a catalyst to my own mind-body healing and transformation, and I feel called to serve as a mentor to others as they succeed in achieving their optimal well-being and thriving fullness of life." -Pamela, Thriving Lotus
Pamela completed her yoga therapist certification with Spanda Yoga Movement Therapy. She received her 500hr advanced yoga instructor certification upon completion of Indra Yoga Institute's immersion in Goa, India which also deepened her prior studies in Trauma-Informed Practice and in Shamanic Teachings. She received her 200hr certification from Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center, the longest standing and first yoga studio in Richmond, VA, her home town. Pamela has been a yogi since Y2K when yoga practices became her coming-of-age mind-body-spirit embodiment catalyst. She now resides in sunny Northern California with her adventure hound, Marley B. She has always loved traveling and experiencing different cultures and continues to do so with her family and the international yoga community as a facilitator at her own retreats and attendee at others. Learn What Yoga Therapy can do for you!
Pamela is passionate about holistic health and wellness and utilizing yogic practices, eco & art therapies and creative expression to facilitate the environment where others feel free to embody their fullest selves. She combines practices including breath & body-aware yoga & other physical movement ie. Quigong, Tai Chi, meditation, pranayama, healthy plant-focused diet, Ayurveda, herbals, essential oils, creative expression (arts, writing, song & dance) and eco-therapeutic nature & art-therapeutic arts appreciation, music & vibrational sound "bath" explorations. She is on a mission to support you in your divinely empowered journey to heal from life's inevitable hardships and to reveal your passionate, purpose-driven, joy-filled life from seeds of pain, She is available to facilitate your self-healing, self-revelation & emodiment transformation journeying with customized Yoga Therapy & Holistic Well-being Life Balance Coaching sessions with an intuitive, heart-led shaman's touch desiring above all to empower you to connect with your own shaman-within and God-within-heart. Pamela is also passionate about healthy relationships & our connection to and love for the whole of ourselves overflowing into the broadened awareness of our connection to and love for all others, for the whole of nature (ours and all).
In addition to her foundation in Hatha, Vinyasa & Iyengar yoga styles, Pamela has acquired training in: Yin yoga, Kundalini kriyas & mantra, tantric breath-work & other pranayama practices, Ayurveda (yoga's sister science for health) and traditional herbal remedies from a variety of cultures around the world, and trauma-informed yoga for recovery & resiliency. Additionally, she has completed coursework in Shamanic herbal & spiritual healing methodologies, Usui Reiki, Vibrational Sound Healing and Therapeautic Arts.
Pamela's intention behind each session and class is for her client to allow themselves to experience energy clearing, balancing & rejuvenation, peace of mind & heart-full joy of living, and to connect deeply with their true, fullest nature & their personal power to optimize their lives. The breath (prana), heart-spiritual & chakra activation are key components for opening the "gateway" for journeying within for renewing our connection within ourselves (union of body, mind and spirit) and with the whole of nature, which is one with our full nature. With the "gates" open, you are free to live your life to the fullest expression of your being with "ananda" (bliss).
Pamela's own life experience has brought her face to face with and provided her the opportunity to overcome all sorts of past traumas and to go from "Surviving to Thriving". As a young adult, she found recovery from physical/emotional abuse, PTSD, anxiety, depression, spiritual malady, and unhealthy coping behaviors through her awakened & renewed personal spiritual connection and yogic practices. First introduced to yoga in college, at the turn of the century, Pamela's practice has evolved from a supplemental, physical fitness and emotionally uplifting one (that has done wonders to free her from past work & relationship stressors!) to a committed life practice integrated with her own personal spiritual experience, beliefs and practices. Her struggle recovering from late diagnosed Lyme disease back in 2014 was the catalyst from which emerged an even deeper understanding and passion for yoga whole-istically as a much needed mode for restoring and maintaining her health physically, mentally/emotionally and spiritually. This was the true beginning of her passionate, committed relationship with yoga, and more significantly her entire self.
Pamela has emerged thriving from her own life's difficulties through incorporating the practice of surrender and a lotus approach to evolutionary transformation in her personal life. Conscious contact to her Source, whom she loves to call on as Great Spirit of All-Mighty Love, and to her own beloved divine nature, through meditation, mindful(and heart-full)ness, pranayama (breathwork) and other self-revealing spiritual and yogic practices have all been essential to her own self-healing, recovery and embodiment, and she hopes to encourage others to find what works for them to succeed in achieving their optimal well-being and thriving fullness of life.
Pamela honors the self-healing and transformation journey that each of our lives entails, believing we are each responsible for ourselves, our own lives. To her, investing in healing, therapeutic and self-care practices and treatments are an act of self-love that we choose for ourselves. She believes in life as a humility experiment and a never-ending lesson in love, where every mentor/ guide/ guru has mentor/ guide/ gurus as we all learn from one another. She feels it her life's calling to bloom herself and to openly share her journey and insights with others, facilitating an environment where others may feel encouraged and supported to do the same.
She believes all healing is assisted self-healing, sometimes assisted in the seen world and always in the "unseen" world. She sees that it all begins within ourselves and with our willingness to seek and to receive with a discerning trust that follows our own inner, intuitive, heart-led truth first and foremost. She has found life most gratifying and fulfilling in service to her own health and well-being, and it naturally flows forth in service to others, finding that balance of giving and receiving, these being complementary acts of surrender.