Pam Johnson, Founder/Director
Breath and Body Coach, E-RYT 500, Founder and Artistic Director of “Breath, the Pulse of the Universe.
Pam has been teaching yoga for 30 years
she is a breath coach a yoga educator practicing and teaching ancient classical Himalayan pranic modalities, her focus remains on the the study and application of the breath and the interconnectedness of the full human potential through art, subtle sensory perceptions and the cultivating the essence of prana. 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 20 yrs, Srivatsa Ramaswami. These teachings include the detailed use and healing properties of the breath, asana sequencing, chanting, and meditation. Pam is initiated into Kryia Vinyasa – advanced pranayama techniques and surya practices and has been teaching yoga asana and studying ancient philosophies for the past 9 years with His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda. In 2015 Pam studied pranayama, chanting and yoga asana at The Krishnamacharya Sannidhi Manderm, Chennai, India. In 2017 Pam traveled to Kerla, Varanasi, Allahabad and Haridwar India for 5 weeks with His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda and 3 other Giri Order monks receiving darshan and exploring all aspects of pranayama and agni’s related to the Surya practices.
She currently teaches therapeutic yoga techniques to cancer survivors
Serving on an Annual Oncology Training Conference panel at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, she shares her personal experience and perspective of the benefits of employing both eastern and western healing modalities. She teaches comprehensive 200 hr courses in Krishnamacharyia’ Yoga Vinyasa Krama, gives monthly Yoga Nidra guided relaxations. For the past 8 years she has taught and continues to teach Yoga Vinyasa Krama asana for the venerated Swami Vidyadhishananda’s meditation initiation camps along with the lifestyle and sustainability workshops through his Hansavedas organization dedicated to preserving,conserving and exploring ancient wisdom teachings, curriculum on spirituality and mindful meditation techniques.
Focused and detailed training in the refinement of body alignment
anatomy for yoga asana and hands on adjustments through therapeutic massage techniques. Pam’ focus taps into the subtle energy body through synchronized movement to the breath; specific pranayama techniques, bandha’s and meditation to harness the mind for healing and longevity.
Pam founded the Heights School of Yoga in 2007
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 quality of teaching is to facilitate the students to embrace all areas of yoga and become fully present to their daily experiences. As a 200hr RYT yoga studio, the Heights School of Yoga is dedicated to the ancient tradition of connecting teachers to students and students to teachers.
Pam is the Founder and Artistic Director of 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, produced by Rivet and directed by Birdwell, followed by a mandala breath troupe performance by Johnson and the Talasana Breath Troupe, and closes with a short, beautiful guided breath meditation. This multi media presentation’s sole purpose is to bring BREATH awareness to all. The Talasana troupe is a unique and mesmerizing interconnected troupe of performers whose driving force is to move together with precision to the very audible rhythmic sound of their ujjayi breath. Their duty is to bring awareness to our constant companion the fundamentally universal and powerful pulse of our life force, the breath. Their performance is an orderly and devotional exercise in balance, coordination and repetitive slow movements that also invites the viewer to participate by centering and quieting the mind. The short video was produced as a collaborative work of art, by film director Lynn Birdwell of ShootRivit.com, it was created as a study of luminous light and breath as an art form, this video emphasizes the physiological and emotional responses the body has to a group of standing movements and the Ujjayi breath. The third part of this offering is a quiet contemplative guided meditation lead by Birdwell which leaves all with a lingering and subliminal experience of spirituality and art.
For 9 years Pam has been the vinyasakrama yoga asana acharya for Swami Vidyadhishananda
She has been initiated into the Kryia Vinyasa techniques of ancient pranayama’s, herbal cleansing’s and essoteric meditations on the breath by Swami Vidyadhishananda, a realized Kryia yoga monk who hails form the Drona Giri mountains of the Himalayas. Swami Vidyadhishananda imparts wisdom on Vedanta and Samkhya philosophies, Kryia meditation techniques and workshops on conscious living. His monastic residency is in Santa Barbara CA. Pam teaches Vinyasa Krama yoga asana for Swami Vidyadhisananda’s initiation camps, celebration retreats and on-going conscious living workshops. She has mastered the teaching of all 700 yoga asana in their kramas of Krishnamacharya’ vinyasakrama yoga as taught to her by her teacher Srivatsa Ramaswami. Pam has 7 years of advanced teachers training in anatomy and body alignment from Tias Little, founder of Prajna Yoga based in Santa Fe, NM.
“Pam Johnson is a Master Teacher, a teacher of teachers. She stands tall amongst the rare few of humble modern yoga experts carrying authentic teachings and upholding the integrity of yoga.
Free from any contradicting and confusing practices of commercial and branded yoga, Pam brings a refreshing acumen of yogic training. Schooled for over twenty years by one of Krishnamacharya’s longest standing disciple’s outside his family, Srivatsa Ramaswami and realized Himalayan Yoga adepts and vedic scholars, I feel safe that what I receive from Pam is nothing I’ll need to “unlearn” later.
Being a yoga teacher, and a student under a Himalayan Master myself, I am cautious and discrimminating about who I study with. Pam is a gem, a humble transmitter of the Himalayan Vinyasa Krama system and an artist at articulating the energetics, physical intelligence and depth of this system in an accessible way. I’ve had so many “ah-ha” moments studying with Pam. She just knows how to bring it all together without watering it down. Besides new discoveries in my own practice, I’ve learned so much from her to share with my students. Plus she knows all the nuances of the system and maintains it’s purity without convoluting anything. I have yet to find anyone like her!”Kara Weimer
VEDIC PRAYER OF A TEACHER
May earnest students from all directions come to me!
May earnest students with varied capabilities come to me!
May earnest students with exceptional capabilities come to me!
May earnest students with self-restraint come to me!
May earnest students with peace in heart come to me!
A Teacher’s prayer from Taittiriya Upanishad, Yajur Veda
Srivatsa Ramaswami guiding Pam in Surya Namaskar at Eastside Yoga
Austin, TX | June 13th, 2015
“Pam’s teaching and her personal practice are one of the finest I’ve ever come across in my quest to study the art of yoga. I’ve never encountered an instructor with such passion and willingness to share their knowledge. Pam’s unmatched lineage and wisdom from over 20 years of experience makes her one of a kind in Houston. She is truly one of few who still teach from a classical perspective: asana (always in sanskrit), pranayama chanting and meditation. I can’t recommend her enough!”Michelle Bonich
Srivatsa Ramaswami with Pam Johnson at HSOY 2012