Thursday, February 20, 2014

Finding time..

Seems even during a week break from school and other activities that things don't really slow down. 
This is a constant remember for me to take a few moments each morning, no matter how busy the day, to put in perspective what is needed to be first today and to go into it with a loving heart.

Pamela Nelson

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Healing Power of the Positive Mind

We have just been gifted with some Shambhala Sun magazines. Without looking at the date and reading them I would not have known that they were written almost 17 years ago because much, if not all of the writings are still very relevant today.

One article that caught my eye was "The Healing Power of the Positive Mind", by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche in the November 1996 edition.

He writes," If we habitually dwell on and struggle with the negative side of our situation, our whole mentality, perception and experience will inexorably become negative, constantly thinking and talking about how awful or painful it is, makes even minor problems insurmountably big and solid like a mountain, sharp like a knife, and dark as night."

I'm sure we can all relate to this. If our attitude is negative to begin, then everything will seem like a problem.  So it is best to try and see the positive aspect of a circumstance, even ones that appear negative.

Tulku Thondup Rinpoche also writes though that if we do have a negative thought or feeling, "it is important to be gentle with ourselves."

Instead of making the situation worse by beating ourselves up because of our play in the problem, better to redirect the mind from the negative cycle to the correct path.

Come back to the breath.

Then know that, "strong positive energy can prevent or ease suffering." and that "the most significant result of a positive attitude is not necessarily to keep suffering from happening, but to keep it from becoming a negative and painful force when it does come."

Of course all of this is easy to say when we are calm and collected, but as this article reminds us, it is better to make friends with your problems, ask these difficult emotions what they want so that you can relax and stop grasping and find a solution.

"When we no longer are so concerned about having to protect and cling to the self, suffering becomes a means of realizing peace and happiness."

Pamela Nelson

Friday, February 7, 2014

More on the Breath

I found this in my notes dated March 25, 2003.

I do not know which book it is from. I do know it is probably not my own words, as I do not write this eloquently.

But, here it is...seemed to fit with many other things I have been reading and re-reading lately about the importance of the breath.

Much attention is given to the quality of our breath during practice because of the enormous role it plays.
The breath is not only essential in the cultivation of prana (the ability of our body to extract and acquire energy from the air), but it also grounds out nervous system and supports our balance and focus.
Any imbalance in the breathing mechanism reduces our ability to gain prana from the breath and thus weakens our yoga practice. Strength of the lungs is directly linked to the strength of the adrenal glands.

Enjoy the breath!
Pamela Nelson

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Celebrate Life

This little exercise below is from, The Tibetan Yoga of Breath: Breathing Practices for Healing the Body and Cultivation Wisdom.  It is by Anyen Rinpoche & Allison Choying Zangmo.

It is my current book choice for a book review, so please see that blog or page for more about this great book.

Exercise 11 in How to Practice Breath Yoga:

At the end of your wind energy training, spend a few moments using the breath to channel this attitude of rejoicing.

P.87 says, "As you inhale, you can think, "How fortunate! My life lasted long enough to take this breath." As you exhale, you can think, "May I use the remainder of my life wisely.""

Celebrate Life, and rejoice that you have lived another day!

Pamela Nelson

Monday, February 3, 2014

2014 - Spring Session I - March/April Yoga Classes - PA and Christopher Lake


Below are the posters for classes starting in March for PLN Yoga Studio in Prince Albert, Sk. and Christopher Lake.
Registration is open so please contact me to register or for any questions.

Class information is also located in the Pages section of this blog under Upcoming Classes!

Registration with payment is requested to hold your spot.

Pamela Nelson

New Yoga Session Starting in March 2014 at PLN Yoga Studio and Christopher Lake

Here is the 2014 Spring I Yoga session for Christopher Lake, Sk.

I will have the Prince Albert - PLN Yoga Studio schedule posted today also.

Please contact me for more information or to register.

Pamela Nelson – Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor
PLN Yoga Studio - #3-3800 5th Ave. E., Prince Albert, Sk.

PHONE: 306.981.4703

Classes at the Lakeland Sportsplex

March 2nd-April 13
No Class March 16th 
March 3rd – April 14th
7 weeks
4:00-5:00 pm – Intermediate Yoga
AM Yoga –All Levels
$91+gst = $95.55
5:10-6:10 pm- Gentle/Beginner


Class Descriptions:

Gentle/Beginner – A gentle and restful class to end your weekend and prepare for the week ahead.

This class is great for both beginner and experienced students.  Modifications will be demonstrated to suit individual needs.

Intermediate Yoga – For those wishing to expand upon the foundation poses. Prior yoga experience requested.


I am also available to teach classes for schools, workshops and retreats.

Yoga is a great way to stretch between your meeting sessions.

Please contact me for requests. 

Please visit website – for class information

Call 306.982.2737 or Email  TO REGISTER!

Pamela Nelson

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Requisites

From BKS Iyengar's, Light on Yoga:

The Requisites
1. Without firm foundations a house cannot stand. Without the practice of the principles of Yama and niyama, which lay down firm foundations for building character, there cannot be an integrated personality. Practice of asanas without the backing of Yama and niyama is mere acrobatics. 

2. The qualities demanded from an aspirant are discipline, faith, tenacity and perseverance to practice regularity without interruptions. 


Pamela Louise Nelson 
Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

PLN Yoga Studio
#3-3800 5th Ave. E., PA
S6W 0A1

"Helping Unite Body, Breath and Mind"

(Has class information on it)