Wednesday, December 4, 2019

December Gratitude 🙏 Challenge

Daily I feel grateful for so many things, but began feeling maybe I wasn’t connecting as much I could to the deeper level of gratitude in some areas of my life.

I have seen quite a few monthly yoga challenges and at this time of year I really felt that a daily gratitude journal would be a great way to end 2019 and begin 2020. So I thought a gratitude challenge would maybe be inspiring to others too.

Here are my first few from this week that I have posted on Facebook and Instagram if you’re interested in joining the challenge too.  You don’t have to post your daily gratitude thoughts but are welcome too if feel you’d like to.

Om Shanti, shanti, shanti,

Friday, November 29, 2019

W.A.I.T. - Why Am I Talking

A few days ago I was watching an interview with Tom Hanks on the Ellen show.  He was on to promote his new movie that is about Fred Rogers called "A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood".
As a kid I grew up watching Mr. Roger's Neighbourhood and really loved it.  I loved how he changed his shoes and sweaters when he came and went. Not sure what that says about me :)
Did you know he also authored almost 60 children's book.  One of my favorites for a time was this one:
Titled: Tell Me Mister Rogers about Learning to Read, Sleeping Away from Home, Going to the Dentist, Thunder and Lightning, When Pets Die, Nobody Feels Perfect
So simple in the message but for kids so meaningful to know that all these feelings can be quite normal.

In the interview Tom Hanks mentions how he had to learn to talk really quite slowly.  He was often being reminded to slow down in his speech.  As someone who sometimes tends to talk quite quickly I know I can practice this more. Not just in my teaching, but in my day to day life.  Slowing down the speed of our speech can  help to slow down thoughts and allow us to be more present.  Slower speech patterns can help us really think about what we are going to say, help us to enunciate our words more clearly and  improve breath patterns. The effects of this can really help to regulate our nervous systems to a slower and more relaxed state and therefore maybe feelings of anxiety and stress.

Mr. Hanks also talks about how Fred Roger's was really a great listener and this was something he took away with him from making this movie.  He said he came up with an acronym..

W.A.I.T.  - Why Am I Talking

All to often many of us are so intent on getting our voice heard that we fail to really listen to what others are saying.  Sometimes out of nervousness we may feel we need to fill in those quiet pauses and continue to talk, instead of pausing to listen. 

I do try to be a good listener and know this is another skill I can continue to improve upon.  One thing in my reading up on the Art of Listening is ...what are we saying to ourselves. 
As an exercise try to listen to what your self-talk is?  How often?  This can also clutter the mind and keep those vrittis very active.  In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the second sutra is - "Yoga is the cessation of movements in the consciousness."

In Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by B.K.S. Iyengar on this sutra he writes, "Yoga shows ways of understanding the functioning of the mind, and helps to quieten their movements, leading one towards the undisturbed state of silence which dwells in the very seat of consciousness. Yoga is thus the art and science of mental discipline through which the mind becomes cultured and matured."
He also says, "The practice of yoga integrates a person through the journey of intelligence and consciousness from the external to the internal...Yoga, the restraint of fluctuating thought, leads to a sattvic state."

When we are quiet within, we feel a peaceful state. When we are more peaceful we can react and respond more to the present moment then to our past habitual way of responding. That pause can help give clarity.  Sometimes that clarity will be recognizing we don't need to say ourselves, or others at that moment.

Below is a website I found that gives some good tips on the Art of Listening.

Thank you for listening to my thoughts :). Please feel free to share with me any of your Mr. Roger's memories.
Wishing you a wonderful day in the neighbourhood!

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti,


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Upcoming classes and workshops

Been awhile since I posted here as I have a new website and post often to Instagram and Facebook.

Here are some upcoming classes and workshops.
I will be in Saskatoon on Saturday for a workshop.
Still room if you’d like to join?

Feel free to email me at to register or more information on classes.

Accessible and Adaptive Yoga

I have seen a lot recently about accessible yoga.  It is great that there is more of a conversation about this, but it does in some ways surprise me as practicing the Iyengar lineage the past 25 years, yoga has always been taught to be accessible to everyone. 

B.K.S. Iyengar always said yoga is for everyone. He developed and designed props to help make yoga accessible to everyone - from every walk of life and every ability.  If you have ever attended Iyengar classes the props are not meant to be used as a hindrance or "prop yoga", but for the purpose of bringing the final internal shape and alignment of the pose to each person - in body, breath and mind. 

In the Iyengar system of training some of the main things we are taught is how to adjust and use what we need to make yoga accessible to all.  From chairs, blankets, bolsters, blocks, belts, trestle, benches and rope walls.  There is no restriction on one way for everyone and being open to new possibilities for different bodies has always been what Iyengar yoga was about.

Even for my own body, I have had to adjust through a few injuries, though age, through different seasons, pregnancy and times of the month, emotional state and energy levels.  Daily we are taught to listen to our bodies, become more aware and adapt and adjust as needed. 

Yoga classes should be teaching this and the Iyengar system does teach this.  Yoga teachers are not doctors or physiotherapists so why it is so important to realize that yoga is about learning about yourself and letting the practice guide you.

There are more posts out there on how yoga is more then just the asanas, really the 3rd limb of Patanjali's yoga sutras, making yoga really for everyone as asana is just one aspect.  I have a friend who said his yoga practice is great, his asana is limited but his yoga practice is great. 

I hope to see you on the mat one day soon and see that yoga is for everyone!

Photos of how some props can be used to make yoga more accessible when needed.

Pamela Nelson
Certified IJ3 Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Celebrate International Yoga Day and Summer Classes

Just wanted to also post the posters in a form that you can save and enlarge if you need to.

Celebrate International Yoga Day - June 21st and Upcoming Classes

I have copied my most recent newsletter below.  You can also follow the link below.

Please feel free to message me for more details on my Solstice and Yoga Day class as well as any other class or the Peru Yoga Retreat!!

Hope you have a wonderful summer if I don't see you and hopefully will see you again in the fall.

Om Shanti, shanti, shanti,

June and July Classes

Celebrate International Yoga Day and Summer Solstice !!!

Before I share my upcoming classes I have to share the news about our new puppy Apollo🐶

Trying to pinpoint when the idea of getting another dog turned into us actually getting another dog is a bit difficult, but this is Apollo. He is a rescue puppy from Regina. He is cute and energetic and now part of our family of humans, cats and dogs.

I share not only because he is so adorable right now but also because it was one of those things that just seemed to work out how it worked out.  It did of course take a decision and some planning in a way, but in the end it was like it was meant to be.  I felt that right now this was what was meant to come into our lives because we were open to receiving him.  That is the gift yoga can bring...not just puppies :)...but being open and allowing whatever to come up to come up.  Not trying to change, resist or force, just breathing and being aware.

I hope you may have a chance to come to a few classes over the next few months.  I am offering Monday classes at the Anderson Community Center in Christopher Lake, as well as some classes at my studio.  The Saturday and Sunday classes are small groups of 3 or 4 and will run if have enough 1-2 days before.

June 21st will be the 6th annual International Yoga Day.  It is of course also Summer Solstice so a great day for yoga and celebrating the longest day!  The class is by donation and will be held in Christopher Lake. Please pre-register as numbers will help decide where the class will be located. I will introduce some essential oils into the class for rejuvenation and relaxation.

I will be teaching Tuesday classes in Prince Albert at the P.A. Arts Centre.
See posters below for details - I am teaching 2 creative movement and craft class for ages 3-5 and 6-9 as well as my Noon Yoga Class.

Please see the posters below for these upcoming classes and more information.

I have mentioned in the last few emails that I am preparing to attend my IJIII yoga assessment in November, 2019.  In the Iyengar certification program it is quite a lengthy process.  To prepare I will be heading to Edmonton in mid-June to do a mock assessment with my senior teachers and then in August to Victoria for a week of teacher training.  I could use your help though.  If 5 or 6 people were interested in being students for a mock assessment here that would be great.  It would take about an hour and a half.
Please email me if this is possible for you.

If I don't see you over the summer months, I hope you have a great summer and look forward to seeing you in the fall.  If you were interested in registering for the Peru Yoga Retreat - the early bird to save $300 is August 1st, 2019.  Please feel free to message me for more details on this wonderful retreat or any other classes.

Happy Summer!!
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Christopher Lake

Sunday summer workshops in June and July. Register for one or more!


Saturday Morning Classes! Small group classes - attend one or more!

Prince Albert
In preparation for our yoga retreat to Peru, Kara and I have been hosting weekly live Instragram sessions and posting to the Receptivity Facebook page a quote each week.  We discuss and chat and hope you will join to get to know us a bit better.
October 3-10th, 2020 in the Sacred Valley of Peru with Pam and Kara.
Early bird to save $300 ends August 1st, 2019
Visit for more details or contact me to register!