Pam knows this all too well, as she works as a full time administrative assistant. She is also a student at West Chester University, and last, but certainly not least, she is a mother of two daughters. With a strong background in theatrical dance and classical ballet, Pam was born to move freely and express herself through motion. Sitting at a desk all day was taking its toll on her, and she began to miss exercise and movement. In 2013 she enrolled in Yoga I with Alison at West Chester with hopes that this new practice would bring her back to her dancing roots and get her moving again.
As a result of her desk job, Pam was experiencing some neck and back pains. As she got into her yoga practice, she quickly noticed phenomenal improvement in those areas. She also experienced relief in her joint pains. Yoga was not only a place to escape her desk, but also a place of healing. It helped Pam combat anxiety. It also challenged her to pay closer attention to her total health and diet. She developed an awareness of how she was feeling throughout the workday. This helped her to be able to slow down and gather herself when a lot was going on around her.
In a world that sometimes seems so chaotic and out of order, it is very easy to get distracted or caught up in the mess. Yoga has helped Pam understand that nothing is ever the way it seems. What we choose to pay attention to and how we react to it makes all the difference in the world. For Pam, yoga is a source of inspiration and hope. It has taught her that our capacity to change ourselves is immense if we simply pay close attention to it. We are not stuck. We have hope. If we focus on being positive we will begin to see changes. Pam encourages us to start small and to push ourselves. Taking that first little step is always the hardest. It doesn’t have to be a huge step. Just something small in the right direction has the power to change your life forever.
“Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” - Rumi