About Pamela Moody
Dancing since the age of three, Pamela has been involved in fitness training since 1982 and has instructed dance, aerobics, and personal training prior to changing the focus of her work to non-traditional forms of training in 1991.
Pamela first learned the Pilates Method as a dance student at Point Park College (now Point Park University). Pamela became a Certified Pilates teacher through the Pilates Studio of New York under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska in 1993 and opened her first studio in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to her Pilates studies, Pamela has also studied Laban Movement Analysis, Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, Body-Mind Centering, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis – each of which have provided added tools which she uses to train her clients to strengthen, improve posture and flexibility and find more ease of movement.
Pamela’s yoga training began with her first class at age fifteen and includes studies in Iyengar, Anusara, Jivamukti, classical hatha yoga and the styles of Ana Forrest and Andrey Lappa. She has over thirty years of yoga teaching experience and is certified by Integrative Yoga Therapy.
Pamela began her Ayurveda studies in 2010 with Kerala Ayurveda and the Ayurveda Institute and is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). She provides Ayurvedic Wellness Counseling individually and teaches Ayurvedic wellness concepts in group class settings.
Mentor and Entrepreneur
Pamela moved to the Midwest in 1995 and opened the Integrated Body Studio, LLC – the first studio in the St. Louis area to offer Certified Pilates instruction. She has conducted workshops in the Pilates Method in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois and taught at Washington University – St. Louis.
In 1999, Pamela earned her Master’s degree in Kinesiology from SIUE-‐Edwardsville and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Wikipedia defines Ayurveda as “the traditional Hindu system of medicine which is based on the idea of balance in the bodily systems.” But what does that mean, exactly? Ayurveda posits that we are part of nature itself and therefore are made up of the elements that make up all natural things – space, air, fire, water and earth. Each individual, though, is made up of different percentages of these elements. To maintain good physical health, these elements must be kept in balance. Things that may cause imbalance include not only the obvious ones such as lifestyle and diet but also can include the seasons, the times of day, our beliefs about ourselves and the world. A healthy individual according to Ayurveda is one who has good digestion, a clear mind, sharp senses and a calm spirit. It is also believed that one cannot be healthy in body but imbalance in the mind and spirit. Truly good health can be achieved only if all three are in balance.
Yoga and Ayurveda have historically gone together in helping the individual maintain good health. Ayurveda provided the lifestyle and disease treatment branch and Yoga provided the exercise and meditation branch. Unfortunately, much of the yoga taught today focuses of physical fitness, body image and tricks that make good Instagram photos. Yoga that it is line with its classic roots is an individualized program that addresses body, mind and spirit.