"I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am."
Movement, spirituality, and the arts have been alive in me from an early age, outlets and cradles for a curious and passionate soul journeying through
a deeply sensitive and often ragged inner life. Yoga arrived in my twenties and with it a new lens for experiencing. It was (and remains) a crucible of
support, possibility and pathway for dismantling and reassembling, falling apart and healing, releasing and emerging, dying and being born in every aspect of life, a hundred times a day. Or less often sometimes because, humans.
Since yoga’s grand entrance, each cycle of time has called in perfectly-timed teachers
and thousands of hours of training, teaching and practice in yoga as well as layering
in additional Mystery schools to awaken the lineages that converge within me. As these experiences culminate, a tapestry is woven for personal becoming and in service to
others. These experiences have opened me up, honed my “medicine”, and set me free.
This is my story of life unfolding to Spirit. I believe it is possible for all of us
and I'm honored to walk with you and share the tapestry of what I've learned.
Pam Sankari Painter
Yoga & Embodiment Teacher, YACEP (yoga educator),
intuitive, Writer, Artist, eternal student of life
Pam Painter is a real human. Because human-ing is a complex process, she studies and teaches yoga and embodiment, energy work and shamanism. Her greatest professional accomplishment is every moment she has the privilege to witness someone realize and claim who they are.
Educated in art and design, her first home was the field of graphic design, where a colleague suggested yoga for managing stress. When yoga knocked on Pam’s door in all its bounty, the opening provided a new lens for experiencing her deeply sensitive, curious self in a life-affirming and generative light. Shit got real. And so did the resources.
Reiki, intuitive development and shamanism showed up and it all just keeps unfolding. She considers these integrated pathways a crucible of embodiment offering support, empowerment, healing, and possibility; illuminated pathways for pollinating wisdom and exploring every aspect of being.
A natural wayshower, teaching is part of who Pam is. As Ram Dass said, "We're all just walking each other home." Informed by thousands of juicy hours of modern and classical practice, training, and teaching, her guided experiences are woven with threads of yoga philosophy, Tantra, Hatha and EmbodiYoga® (embodied anatomy, somatics, human movement development and embryology); energy awareness, shamanic relating, and a dash of mythopoetic flavor.
Pam’s teaching practice has spanned over a decade and includes training yoga instructors, co-founding a yoga studio, teaching open and private classes, teens and prenatal, and working with individuals through applied yoga and movement, art and writing. Her style is warm and lyrical and is grounded in intuition, presence, and humor. She believes that when we engage in our own practices, it naturally flows out to benefit the collective as we do our work in the world. Her work is in celebration of and in service to the Divine Feminine as the emergent quality of Spirit in diverse forms.
Most days, you can find her eating dark chocolate under a pine tree.
Who is teaching?
My teaching practice is transmitted through the intersection of my identity:
I am a white, hetero cis woman. I use she/her pronouns. I am non disabled.
I am nurodivergent. I am an HSP, empath, and intuitive. I am a deeply spiritual person. I am creative and artistic. I am a mother and a partner.
I am resourced. I honor the Ute, Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations on whose native lands I live and work. Most of all, I am a work in progress. Your experience is important. I care about equity and justice and I lean into learning. Thoughts about your experience? firstname.lastname@example.org
Relevant formal training and studies
This list outlines some of my stepping stones along the way. What is offered in these gatherings can, by no means, be limited by a title. My deepest gratitude to these teachers and healing companions for the essence, access and effect of your offerings. Namasté.
Gratitude In Motion (now World Peace Yoga | Heärt ((Anna Ferguson):
200 hour training (yoga foundations)
Sangha Yoga/Red Lotus Apsara Yoga School (Lila Lolling & Becky Morrissey):
300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training with focus on yoga therapy and yoga philosophy
EmbodiYoga® (Lisa Clark) - 300 hour advanced training:
EmbodiYoga® is built on the foundations of Hatha yoga, functional and embodied anatomy, somatic inquiry and experiencing, embryology, human development.
Becky Morrissey, Red Lotus Apsara:
Foundations of EmbodiYoga, EmbodiYoga Therapeutics, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Tantra, Pranayama
Lila Saraswati (Lolling), Saraswati Yoga School:
extensive Vedanta yoga philosophy and Tantra subtle anatomy studies
Prem Sadasivananda, Vidya Samyoga: Sanskrit, yoga philosophy, study of Bhagavad Gita
Katy Stahl, Shanti Mom Pregnancy Yoga: Prenatal yoga
Julie Kramer, The Art and Practice of Shamanic Healing:
A Three-Year Professional Training and Initiation (currently engaged)
Stacia Synnestvedt, Intuitive Development Training (currently engaged)
Workshops, classes and intensives include: Body-Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Anatomy Trains, Courting the World Soul with Sharon Blackie, Non-Violent Communication, Emotional Polarity Technique, Intuitive Painting, Touch Drawing with Deborah Koff-Chapin, Embodied Activism, along with classes and workshops with many notable yoga teachers. Online Studies include yoga philosophy, meditation and spirituality.