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Pamela Cauthen Meriwether

Level I ParaYoga Certified Teacher and Certified Four Desires Trainer Columbia, SC, USA

Since beginning her yoga practice in 1999, Pam has been devoted to yogic learning and teaching.  She is certified by the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level, certified by Y4C as a yoga teacher for cancer patients, and leads a RYT 200-hour teacher certification school. She continues her learning as a dedicated student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker, and of his teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, the spiritual leader of the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.  Through this lineage, Pam has become a certified ParaYoga Teacher, the only one in her home state of South Carolina, as well as receiving her certification as an official Four Desires Trainer.

In addition to leading and teaching private yoga sessions, workshops and classes, Pam teaches yoga and meditation to high school and middle school students at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School.  She is active in the Yoga community, currently serving on the ParaYoga Leadership Council in the area of Sangha, and has served in the past on the Boards of Directors for The Retreat Project and The Libby Ross Foundation.  She also teaches private yoga classes for cancer patients and leads yoga retreats for women cancer survivors.  She is the author of a long-running inspirational yoga blog and has served as commentator on a weekly talk-radio program segment on yogic approaches to life.

Pam continues her commitment to her own daily practice and weaves some aspect of the ancient wisdom of historical yoga teachings into every yoga class she teaches. Her true joy is assisting others on their own unique paths, and her approach to teaching this vast subject is always individual, focusing on inspiring in her students the calm, strength, balance, wellness and personal growth that this practice can provide.

Pam has also been blessed to study informally 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 own practice and teaching a background in ballet, fitness, and physiology –including choreographing and leading 5 nationally released fitness videos, and the daily experience of seeking balance in a busy life as yoga teacher, yoga student, wife, mother, stepmother, and community volunteer.