Pam has been teaching breath centered yoga for over 25 years. She is a breath coach and a yoga educator, practicing and teaching ancient classical Himalayan pranic modalities.
Her focus remains on the study and application of the breath and the interconnectedness of the full human potential through art, subtle sensory perceptions and cultivating the essence of prana. Pam’s focus taps into the subtle energy body through synchronized movement to the breath, specific pranayama techniques, bandhas and meditation to harness the mind for healing and longevity.
Pam continues to study Sanskrit, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, Samkya, Vedanta philosophies, and many other ancient texts pertaining to all aspects of yoga. She is one of a few certified E-RYT-500 Senior teachers of the classical form of Krishnamacharya’s Vinyasa Krama yoga — a method of Astanga Yoga — which she has learned from her teacher of over 25 years, Srivatsa Ramaswami. These teachings include the detailed use and healing properties of the breath, asana sequencing, chanting, and meditation.
Pam also has 7 years of advanced teacher's training in anatomy and body alignment from Tias Little, founder of Prajna Yoga based in Santa Fe, NM.
Pam is initiated into Kriya Vinyasa – advanced pranayama techniques, herbal cleansings, surya practices, and esoteric meditations. She has been studying ancient philosophies in depth for the past 10 years with His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda. For the past 10 years, she has taught and continues to teach Yoga Vinyasakrama asana for Swami Vidyadhishananda’s initiation camps, celebration retreats and on-going conscious living workshops.
In 2015, a dream came true when she was actually able to go to the home of the roots of her training and study pranayama, chanting and yoga asana at the Sannidhi Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India.
In 2017, Pam traveled to Kerala, Varanasi, Allahabad and Haridwar, India for 5 weeks with His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda and 3 other Giri Order monks. There, she received daily darshan and explored all aspects of pranayama, and agni homas as related to the Surya kriya practices.
Heights School of Yoga
Pam founded the Heights School of Yoga as a studio dedicated to teaching techniques of cleansing the body, clearing the mind and sharpening the intuition; and to teaching techniques that open the practitioner to their inner pranic waves of light and healing energy. The Heights School of Yoga is dedicated to the ancient tradition of connecting teachers to students and students to teachers.
BREATH, the pulse of the universe
BREATH, the Pulse of the Universe, the creation of Pam Johnson and Lynn Birdwell, is a three-part experiential homage to the breath, beginning with a mesmerizing short film, followed by a mandala breath troupe performance and closing with a short, beautiful guided breath meditation. This multi-media presentation’s sole purpose is to bring BREATH awareness to all.
Pam is participated in fMRI trials used to measure varied and advanced pranayama techniques on her brain. Collected data shows: a profound change of brain perfusion and oxygenation, decreased flow to the frontal lobes of the brain, increased flow to the sensory cortex, in particular the visual cortex, and increased functional activation to areas in the insula (body awareness).