Pamela Fleming — yoga teacher, hiker

Mind, body, spirit — yoga is a holistic experience for many. But did one element or another first draw you to the practice? That is, were you seeking to settle your mind? Have greater physical flexibility? Explore your spiritual nature?

the physical

How about now: does yoga feed your mind or your body or your spirit more, or are those elements more in balance than when you started?

it is an ebb and flow between these balances, that why I practice daily

How long have you practiced yoga?

17 years

How long did you practice yoga before you started teaching it?

1 year

Do you have a preferred yoga style?


When you were starting out, what came easiest and what was more challenging?

settling the mind is the most challenging and getting into poses was easiest

From your experience as a teacher, can you generalize about what comes easiest for beginners and what is more challenging?

everyone is different but I think the general theme is getting the mind in alignment

What are the more difficult poses for beginners to execute?

forward fold, downward dog

What have been the greatest benefits of yoga for you?

proprioception and learning how to move my body from the inside and knowing what muscles need strength and length to get me into a pose

Apart from yoga, do you practice other techniques of mindfulness or meditation?

walking meditation

Do you regularly do other forms of exercise?

I hike 5 miles a day at 8200 ft

Outside of a yoga session, do you ever just strike a pose and stretch? If so, which poses and where?

yes, handstands, splits and forward folds

You have a choice: lead a yoga class (1) outdoors on a beautiful day, overlooking the ocean, or (2) in a well-designed, very comfortable minimalist indoor space. Which do you pick?


—interview © Marshal Zeringue