I discovered yoga [in 2000] and at first had trouble sitting still, and being in silence. My back hurt, my mind wandered, and I wondered why I was there. [Years] later the quiet stillness is my favorite part. I still love the physical exercise, but life is crazy, and yoga helps me to slow down and find what’s really important. For me, its spending time with my family and friends. I love sharing yoga with others, which is what lead me to become an instructor, I have always loved physical fitness, but having a practice that balances body mind and spirit is too good to keep to myself. Namaste.
Pamela is a certified schoolteacher of 20 years serving a wonderful population of students in Tucson who are deaf/hearing impaired, on the Autism Spectrum, as well as students with physical and cognitive impairments. It was through the transformative power of mantra, meditation, mudra, and asana that Pamela realized she could reach her students in a different way. Meditation and mudra eased anxiety in her students with ADHD, regular asana and mantra practice soothed social angst in her students with Asperger’s Syndrome. With the seed planted, Pamela received her 200-hr Hatha training in Tucson at the Yoga Connection in June of 2013 and completed her 300 hour Yoga Therapy; Healing Emphasis Yoga Teacher Training Program at Inner Vision Yoga (Phoenix, AZ) in December of 2015.
Pamela’s many trainings have qualified her to offer and is currently teaching, Hatha Yoga classes to: adults, children, special needs populations, Chair Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga/Resorative Yoga, TRE/CSR™, Reiki I, and private/small group-healing emphasis yoga classes. Pamela often uses conscious sound and vibration in the forms of toning and crystal bowls to deepen the already transformative, healing power of Yoga. Pamela offers private sessions and will create a personalized, therapeutic, healing and or traditional Hatha Yoga session based on your specific wellness goals. Pamela specializes in a healing emphasis based program using guided meditation, pranayama (breathing techniques), and restorative yoga therapeutics for any healing project ranging from anxiety to Osteoporosis.
Emily Mason has enjoyed living in Tucson for over a decade. Originally drawn here by the University of Arizona, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology while playing NCAA division I golf. As a college athlete, she struggled with chronic low back pain and discovered yoga helped to drastically reduce her pain. She wanted to help others with similar struggles and aid in injury prevention.
Emily became a Registered Yoga Teacher through The Yoga Connection’s 200 hour hatha yoga program in 2013. She then moved to Flagstaff to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. While in Flagstaff, she began rock climbing regularly and occasionally instructed yoga at a local climbing gym. Emily enjoys instructing rock climbers and believes a combination of flexibility, strength, balance and breath work is important to a long, healthy climbing career.
While she has always enjoyed taking classes and working out at the gym, it has become even more valuable to Virginia as it has helped lessen the symptoms of arthritis and chronic pain she experiences. In particular, for the past eight years, Pilates and Yoga have had the greatest impact in this area. They have made a positive difference in her mind, body and emotions.
For five years she has enjoyed teaching Pilates and being a personal trainer. In 2016 she completed Yoga teacher training and now considers teaching Yoga an additional privilege.
My own yoga practice started 15 years ago in Los Angeles, CA with Yogafit. I have since practiced various styles: Power, Bikram, Ashtanga, Yin, Vinyasa, Prenatal and Hatha. I practiced yoga thru 2 pregnancies and a knee injury and have had the opportunity to practice with dozens of wonderful teachers in gyms, studios, parks, beaches, homes, and rec.-centers throughout the country.
Inspired by the beauty of the desert, mountains and people of Tucson, I pursued my dream to teach yoga here by studying with Priscilla Potter at the Yoga Connection and Michelle Marks and Joe Barnett at Tucson Yoga.
I feel my yoga practice is well-informed, but also always growing and changing. I am humbled and amazed daily by what yoga does for me and indeed want to share this experience.
My teaching style is less austere - I like yoga to be stimulating, fun, and creative, as well as meditative and renewing. And while I’m concerned with good technique and proper alignment in poses, my approach is more functional than aesthetic, meaning I like to emphasize the “feel” over the look of the pose. Every body is different...., therefore, I like to encourage a student to be curious with his/her own practice.
After twenty years of drawing upon aspects of the yoga tradition for stress relief, physical strength, emotional balance, and injury relief, Sarah realized the alignment of the eight limbs of yoga with that which she holds true.
With a bachelor's degree in nursing, a master's degree in nursing education, and a lifetime of focus on all aspects of wellness and fitness, she combines compassion for others with a passion for knowledge and growth in meeting the individual needs of her students on the mat.
Sarah is a busy mom of teens, avid hiker and rock climber, and lover of the outdoors. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at The Yoga Connection and is currently enrolled in the 300-hour advanced teacher training program.