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Welcome to Elemental OM

02/28/2013

Welcome to Elemental OM.  I hope you enjoy exploring our studios in Lebanon and Montgomery, Ohio as well as our website offering education about yoga, meditation, Ayurveda and more.  You are now in my blog.  Just look to the right to explore holistic topics.  You can read all about my journey and why I started down this path below.  I’ve also included a few quick links if you are new to the site! Om, Pamela

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Pamela Quinn is the founder of Elemental OM and the author of “The Elemental Cleanse.” She is  a certified instructor in the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yo

ga and Perfect Health through the Chopra Center for Well Being. Pamela has trained under the directio

n of Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon along with Claire Diab, Vedic Master. Pamela’s training is based

in Ayurveda which is a 5,000 year old science oflife originating in India. Ayurveda c

ombines lifestyle, yoga, meditation and nutrition to offer a holistic way of life. Pam’s purpose for creating Elemental OM is to introduce you to this amazing way of life in an “elemental” or easy to understand form.

Pamela has completed the immersive experience of Kundalini Teacher Training and is well on her way to becoming a certified Kundalini Teacher as taught by Yogi Bhajan and a 500 RYT.  Pamela has studied with Mark Whitwell and is a Heart of Yoga Teacher teaching authentic yoga  for the individual, based on

the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar.  Pamela is proud to lead Elemental OM School dedicated to empowering Ayurvedic Yogic Specialists and Yoga Teachers.

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From Pamela, Banyan Botanicals Ambassador

Welcome to Elemental OM Studios.  My yoga studios and the Elemental Cleanse have helped hundreds of people over the years transform in magical ways. I’ve been blessed to watch my yogis and participants start anew, live more fully, achieve success and make a difference in the world.

My gift is that I have been blessed with an amazing Spiritual education that resulted from a debilitating back injury. In May of 2002 I woke to the worst pain of my life. My entire back was in spasm. I could barely move. I received physical therapy for one year. My first exercise was to simply lay on my back and hold my belly in. I couldn’t even lift my legs. For that year I lived on muscle relaxers, Valium, Ambien, and loads of alcohol. I got really depressed. I’ve never experienced chronic pain or the deep dark depression that comes with it. It consumes you and it destroys everything. It hurt to put my shoes on. It hurt to unload the dishwasher. I could only drive when I wasn’t loaded on muscle relaxers. My daughter was 3 at the time and I would go to the swimming pool with her just to hold her. Needless to say, my marriage quickly started to decay as my (now-ex) husband grew impatient with my depression. I was miserable.

After a year of therapy I was still in pain, but I could function. I went to yet another doctor who simply told me that there was nothing wrong with me and I would have to learn to live with the pain. At the time, I thought he was the worst doctor ever, but as it turns out he was an Angel in disguise… and a very good doctor. You see, 90% of back pain is psychosomatic (in your head).

Everyone always asks me what I did to hurt my back. I usually joke that in my sleep I rearranged all the furniture, because the truth is I didn’t do anything. I simply woke up unable to move.

If you were to look at the circumstances of my life at that time, you would be shocked to think I wasn’t happy. I was a stay at home mom to two awesome kids. I lived in an 8,000 square foot home on a golf course with crystal chandeliers and all the fixins. My AmEx had no budget. I had a white mini-van, a convertible sports car and even the golden retriever. If you looked at my life, you would think I had it all. I call it buying “The Brochure”… that American Dream.

I think it was George Carlin who said they call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.

My brochure also included a husband who was very critical and controlling, not only of my actions, but also of my appearance. (I starved myself to stay thin.) My brochure didn’t include the fact that I love to work and needed to work to feel fulfilled. My brochure didn’t include my connection to Spirit which has been with me my whole life and was tucked away because it didn’t fit in with what I knew from society.

That final doctor freed me from my Brochure by telling me there was no hope for me. I knew at my core that was wrong. I went home, threw out all of my drugs, including the anti-depressant, and went to work healing myself. I had heard that meditation could ease back pain so I bought a Deepak Chopra book about meditation. If I’m going to do something, I like to do it right so I signed up for meditation lessons and a 7 day retreat. I met some amazing people at my meditation lessons including many spiritual healers. I had no idea that these people even existed. I was hooked.

At my retreat, we practiced very gentle yoga twice a day. We ate Ayurvedic food. We meditated. I started to feel so good. When I returned home I found a yoga studio near my home and went 5 days a week. After 5 months, I was pain free. My meditation practice was tough. The first 3 months of it I simply sat down twice a day and cried. I called it “scheduled crying”. I had a lot to process. My father was a very dark man…an alcoholic. He left when I was 13. My mom never recovered. I was alone at a very young age. I had to make some tough decisions about my marriage and my life. At the end of the 3 months I did meditate. I started to change my life and I started to heal on every level.

My life now is so different. I wake up happy pretty much every day. I still have problems come up in life, but I’ve learned to stay happy through them. I feel young, vibrant and capable of accomplishing anything. I have no fear. I’ve learned to love myself and be kind to myself. I no longer have the husband or the lifestyle, but I still have the kids and the golden retriever who I love in a much healthier way now.

This practice works. I have to share it with as many people as possible because I know that it can help and heal them. I love to see people shift and grow. There is always a moment when I am teaching this course… usually week 3… when I will see a light turn on in someone’s eyes. I will see them light up with hope. Everything about them in that moment changes. I get to see their entire life change in that moment when they realize they are going to heal. They suddenly realize that they are coming up for air. It’s magical. It’s beautiful. I want to see people shift every single day. I can’t even describe it adequately. I’m addicted to it. When I see them heal, it heals me too. That’s the real reason I do this.

Let me help you. Experience The Elemental Cleanse. It’s 28 days that will change you forever.

3 Comments

  1. Ray Ash wrote:

    i Enjoyed your interview with Tara on Waves of a new age today, Pamela. My good friend vickie Fairchild has told me about how amazing you are. I experienced that for myself today, hearing you and some of your story, and then reading your story above. My Journey in life parallels yours to some degree…. rags to riches to rags to Joy – the dissatisfaction of’ ‘riches’ of the “wrong” kind (material) and the joy of the ‘right’ kind of riches (Spiritual)! I Hope to meet you in person before too long.
    Ray

  2. Nash Vega Ryker (@NashRyker) wrote:

    Pamela, it’s refreshing and inspiring to read about your story! You are truly an inspiration to many, and I would be honored to interview you for my new blog at YourEpicdestiny.com if you would like to share 30 mins or so of your time. Looking forward to attending one of your meetup groups soon too :)

    • Pamela Quinn wrote:

      Nash, thank you for your kind words. I’d love to get together and talk about dharma. Om, Pamela