Pamela Butler has extensive experience in hatha yoga. She discovered yoga over 25 years ago and has been teaching for over 15 years. The focus on breathing that Pam teaches make yoga accessible and enriching for all ages and levels.
Currently Pam teaches mixed level hatha yoga classes, yoga for 3rd level students, yoga for children, and private lessons. She leads the Yoga & Sleep retreats at Lisnavagh House.
In 2003, Pam was introduced to Shadow yoga by Paula McGrath. This judicious style of hatha yoga continues to be her personal practice, supported by workshops primarily with Karen Watson. See Shadowyoga.com for more information.
About Pam's classes
Pam's classes cultivate the connection between physical movement and breath, encouraging a meditative practice. Students often comment on how limbered, refreshed and relaxed they feel after class. Many have succeeded in using relaxation techniques learned in class to restore and recharge themselves in their daily lives.
Typically, a hatha yoga class begins with a warm up; sun salutations which is a flowing sequence of movements coordinated with the breath; and Asanas (postures) which develop balance, strength, and flexibility. A closing relaxation allows the body and mind to absorb the work done.
Pam qualified to teach hatha yoga in 2000 and has taught children, teens and adults. Beginners and "improvers" are welcome.
Yoga is an art and a science that provides a practical, integrated education for the body, mind and spirit.
The word "yoga" is derived fro the Sanskrit word yug, meaning to bind, join or yoke. It is the art of directing and concentrating the attention, bringing an 'incoherent and scattered mind to a reflective and coherent state'*. The practice of asana (steady postures), pranayama (expansion of the vital energy through the breath), pratyahara (withdrawl of the senses), along with observance of the yamas and niyamas (individual and social ethical disciplines), leads to the fruits of yoga: concentration, contemplation, and profound meditation (dharana, dhyana and samadhi). This eightfold practice is "astanga yoga".
Who can do yoga?
Yoga can be practiced by everyone, according to their abilities and needs. This means that you can start at any stage of life and any level of fitness; but it also means that people who are young, old, fit, unfit, healthy, unwell, male, female, pregnant, menstruating, stressed, energetic, lethargic, will have different needs and will be able for different postures. From that starting point, the practice is built.
Yoga is not ...
A religion (you can practice and develop spiritually without contradiction to religious beliefs).
A miracle cure (benefits come with practice).
Competitive (work for your self, in the moment, without comparison to others or to your past self).
Physical exercise only (mental focus, correct breathing and positive attitude are part of yoga).
Owned by anyone.
*Iyengar, BKS (2004). Light on Pranayama, Crossroad Publishing Co, NY.