Hello! My name is Pamela Nelson. I am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Junior Intermediate II Level. I live in Christopher Lake, Saskatchewan on a small acreage with my family. I completed my degree in Land Use and Environmental Studies and Physical Geography from the University of Saskatchewan at around the same time I started yoga and found that yoga helped me keep a deep connection to the earth and keep focused on the health of the earth and how amazing it is in the many ways it provides for us and teaches us. I started in my early 20’s, and my intention at that time was to use yoga as a way to increase flexibility after long runs or bike rides. I quickly realized how beneficial it was to not only my strength and flexibility but also my mental well-being. I love the openness yoga brings to the body and the quietness it brings to the mind. I have found it helps with confidence and personal self-acceptance. Since those early years, I have become a member of the Iyengar Association of Canada (IYAC) and certified at the national level. I have practiced yoga for over 24 years and taught for over 13, training exclusively in the Iyengar system. I have completed the rigorous and lengthy training program receiving my Introductory II certificate in 2010. Since then I have achieved my Intermediate Junior I and II Certification and am intending to proceed to the next level in 2019. I stay current by regularly attending Iyengar yoga classes, workshops, and intensives held by senior international IY teachers, including traveling to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family in 2013 and 2018. I teach all level of classes including Beginner, All-levels, Intermediate, Iyengar Flow, Gentle/Restorative, Backs and Joints, Senior/Modified and Youth and Kids. I love teaching yoga in a way that is accessible to all and to continue In the Light of Guruji’s work. STYLE OF YOGA The Iyengar approach to yoga is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga expounded by Patanjali in his classic treatise, The Yoga Sutras, written over 2,500 years go. It is a disciplined and deeply research system developed over 75 years by Yogacharya BKS Iyengar who practiced daily for many hours at a time during his 96 years – exploring, studying, writing and teaching about yoga. Yoga means union. The union of the individual soul with the Universal Spirit is yoga. But this is too abstract a notion to be easily understood, so for our level of understanding I say that yoga is the union of body with the mind and of mind with the soul”. – BKS Iyengar, Tree of Yoga. What is unique about Iyengar Yoga is that it is characterized in the practice of asana (poses) and pranayama (breathwork) with the innovative approach emphasizing precision and alignment, planned sequencing, timing and the use of props. This approach has allowed people of varying ages, levels of health and fitness to enjoy the benefits which a sustained practice can bring – the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges contemporary life with strength, vitality, mobility, thoughtfulness and equanimity. The term “Iyengar Yoga” was coined by students of Mr. Iyengar to distinguish Guruji’s approach from other styles of yoga. WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS METHOD OF YOGA? • Qualified and rigorously trained instructors committed to excellence in teaching. • A safe and systematic progression of yoga postures to develop each student’s ability and skill, both within each class and from class to class. • Sequencing that develops strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration, and body alignment. • Individual correction and knowledge of how to adjust postures for common physical problems. • Precise use of language. • Demonstration and teaching of specific points to develop understanding and intelligent action. • Integration of the yoga philosophy with the practice of asana. • Incorporation and relevance of practice into daily life. • Ways to use yoga to ease various ailments and stress. • Use of props, such as blankets, blocks, and straps, to facilitate learning and adjust yoga postures to individual needs.
Feb 17 - 23, 2019 (7 days)