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Columbia Yoga Community: Pam Meriwether Feature

The Columbia Yoga Community has really grown. Names like Anahata Nicki Musick and Priscilla Patrick are household names. These women taught yoga and pioneered the way for other yoga teachers and studio owners. Our community supports each other and Midlands Anchor will be featuring our local yoga leaders in an attempt to support Yoga Reaches Out and the entire midlands yoga community.

Pam Meriwether along with other yoga teachers will be participating in a fundraising effort to benefit Palmetto Place and Achieve Columbia —Both very deserving organizations.  Yoga Reaches Out is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to making a difference in the lives of children by raising funds for children’s organizations through yoga events. It is YRO’s mission to bring the yoga community together to create seva (selfless service). Through the gift of yoga, YRO focuses on raising funds for organizations that impact the health, education, and well-being of children.

Pam Meriwether is our first featured yogi.

Pam is devoted to yogic learning and teaching.  Certified by the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level, she continues her learning as a dedicated student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker, and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.  Pam is a certified Level One ParaYoga Teacher through this lineage, and the only one in South Carolina.  She is also certified by Y4C as a yoga teacher for cancer patients.

In addition to leading a 200 hour teacher certification program and teaching weekly private sessions and classes, Pam is currently serving on the ParaYoga Leadership Council in the area of Sangha.  She is active in a number of volunteer organizations, and has served on the Board of Directors for The Retreat Project and The Libby Ross Foundation.  She teaches private yoga classes for cancer patients, and she co-leads yoga retreats for women cancer survivors in New York and South Carolina.  She is also the author of a long-running inspirational yoga blog and speaks on a weekly talk-radio program segment on yogic approaches to life.

Pam has also been blessed to study with Barbara Benagh, Mary Dunn, Manju Jois, Stephanie Keach, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Gary Kraftsow, Shiva Rea, David Swenson, and Patricia Walden,  who have all played important roles in her journey. She brings to her practice and teaching a background in ballet, fitness, and physiology, including choreographing and leading 5 nationally released fitness videos for The FIRM.  Pam views her entire life as her practice –in her case, a practice of being not only a yoga teacher, but also a yoga student, busy wife, mother, stepmother, and community volunteer.

My testimonial for the 200-hour Sakhi Yoga Teacher Training School:
“I personally went through the teacher training school in 2014. I enjoyed the pace of the 8 month program, having classes one weekend a month gave me time to process and assimilate all the new information.  I learned about the yoga postures yes but I was also introduced other professionals who discussed anatomy, history of yoga and more. As a fitness professional and coach, I found this TT transforming. It deepened my understanding of the asanas – both practically and theoretically. I was able to better cue my athletes, teach my clients the purpose of their movements and incorporate pranayama.  The teachers are passionate, dedicated, supportive, caring, focused, very knowledgeable, and wise. They were patient with me, (probably the most competitive woman in the room) even matching students with former graduates as a part of their mentoring program. My personal mentor and I are still friends enjoying lunch together just a couple of weeks ago.  I’m grateful for the chain of events that has happened in my life since taking this teacher training. I credit much of this to the founding yogi, Pam Meriwether.

The yoga community in Columbia, SC thrives on word-of-mouth and local media.  We thank Midlands Anchor for these features as a way of recognizing the growth in our community.  Our unique yoga scene has adapted to our local style and practice offering traditional mat yoga classes but also wall yoga classes, aerial yoga, adaptive yoga, yoga for cancer, paddleboarding yoga just to name a few!  We are creating a culture of healthful living. We are a body of like-minded people who value service, giving back, and balance.  Above all, we are building a community that serve as a source of support and inspiration.  This is why we honor Pam Meriwether and will be featuring a different yoga leader in the coming weeks.

For more information on Pam Meriwether

Pamela Cauthen Meriwether, E-RYT 500, RYS, Y4C

Certified Level 1 ParaYoga Teacher

Yoga and Meditation Teacher

www.pamelayoga.com

 

For more information on Yoga Reaches Out and the Yogathon

Yoga Reaches Out: SC Yogathon
9:00-5:00 Sunday, October 11, 2015
Yoga Reaches Out: SC Yogathon: Sunday, October 11. Rolf Gates, International Yoga Teacher and Author, and Ida Jo, International Musical Guest will be part of the day.  All benefits go to the Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter and Achieve Columbia.  Additionally, there will be a class taught by locals, which I will help with. Register here to make a donation or join our team. http://yogathon.yogareachesout.org/site/TR?fr_id=1070&pg=entry

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