Pam Watts, E-RYT 200, RYT 500
I began practicing yoga in 2000 with a group of fun-loving, dedicated Bitterroot yogis. It started as a way of connecting to community, and making a commitment to learn more about these movements that are reputed to be so great for the body. At first, yoga was a physical practice – exploring the confines of my body. Wrapping myself into a pretzel was entertaining for a time but had its limits. What really intrigued me was the peace I felt at the end of practice. My body felt light and open; my mind clear. And I actually felt like a kinder person. These “effects” are what really inspired (and continues to inspire) me to share yoga.
I began teaching in 2010 while completing my 200 hour teacher training with YogaMotion Academy in Bozeman. Subsequently, I have attended workshops in vinyasa, anatomy, yin, and yogic philosophy. In the summer of 2017 I completed YogaMotion’s 300 hour advanced teacher training program. Much gratitude to all of my teachers!
My life off the yoga mat centers around playing in the dirt; growing veggies with my family at Yourganic Farm. While this is pretty fun, it does come with its share of aches and pains. My back sometimes hurts from long days of working, I have a shoulder that gets cranky, and my knees talk to me. I can relate to feeling “tight” and sore. I use my yoga practice to support my body, so I can continue my lifestyle and my work. Besides the physical, studying yoga has given me a clearer sense of who I am, and how I want to participate in this world – to live in the present with an open heart and open mind.