When I first became certified to teach Kids Yoga, I thought … What’s next? I had so many thoughts of how I could use this newfound love that it was almost overwhelming, but I knew I had to just dive right in. Naturally, my path took me to teach in studios, which was great and pretty easy. I had a built-in client base and a beautiful space to share the practice. While I loved teaching in studios, I kept finding myself drawn to other opportunities, at Ivviva or Athleta, teaching free classes and spreading the word about my studio classes. While those are great options (and provide fabulous Yoga wear in exchange for teaching,) I just knew there had to be more. And then one day I found it.
I was asked to teach at an afterschool program for girls in 6th-8th grade, many of whom had no experience with Yoga. This group in particular was an interesting one. Many of the girls came from “broken” homes and low-income backgrounds. Some were more challenged than others, and the Yoga program was a way to keep them safe and off the streets until parents would be home from work. I knew it would be a challenge working with a large group (50+,) outdoors, and with a wide age range, but I had the perfect solution. I began taking educational learning points from Next Generation Yoga Lesson Plans and combining then with Partner Yoga to create an overall theme of empowerment. During the 60-minute class, I am not sure who had more fun, me or the students! Everyone was participating, and many girls worked together that may not have otherwise interacted. By the end of the class, I had split the girls up into groups to share a partner pose. This culmination signified empowerment to them, and then of course we ended with a large circle and NGY’s signature chant, “Together We are ONE.”
The next day I received this email from the program’s coordinator: “Oh my goodness – thank YOU so much for everything!!! The girls are still talking about your awesomeness. We can’t thank you enough for your support and for being there for our girls!!”
And this is just another reason of why we do what we do. Together we ARE one, and experiences like this show us we are where we are supposed to be, doing what we need to do to truly impact lives.
Pam started her Yoga journey in 2003 as a way to de-stress from work and decompress from marathon and CrossFit training. Over the years the importance of a deeper Yoga practice has taken Pam off her mat and into the teaching and training role. She obtained her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification through Yoga Works in Southern California and completed the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Trainings for 2-7 and 8-13 yr. olds, as well as the NGY Advanced Teacher Training. Teaching as a licensed NGY Teacher and seeing the success stories of other members of the NGY Teacher Community inspired Pam to want to lead the NGY Teacher Training for 2-7 yr. olds and become an NGY Trainer.
Pam enjoys teaching both children and adults in studios, community centers, fitness centers and volunteering her time at after-school programs. Seeing the transformation that children experience from Next Generation Yoga is truly inspiring and the reason behind Pam’s love for NGY. Pam is blessed with a wonderful husband and a beautiful daughter who often inspires her classes and creativity.