Pam Hightower


Napa, CA

Professional Summary


Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, Yoga Teacher Trainer and Administrative Professional with 20 years experience creating, developing and supporting personal yoga practice.  Experience streamlining organizations, developing training programs and mentoring trainees in the Wellness Industry. 


Experience training students via web-based sessions and students with no prior experience.  Experience includes:   


Corporate Wellness

Business Communications

Yoga Coursework Development

Yoga Teacher Training


Healing Sound Techniques


Yoga Therapy

Vedic Chanting


Breathing Techniques


Immune Disorders

Addressing Back Pain


Healthy Aging

Addressing Anxiety

Increasing Mental Focus for Sports and Life

Treating Effects of Menopause

Improving Memory

Treating Athletes




Independent Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Vedic Chant Teacher, and

Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), CA

1999 - present


Support development of student’s yoga and Vedic chant practice.  Experience working with different levels of students, as well as teachers in both group and one-on-one settings.  Address trauma and physical and mental limitations that inhibit growth and advancement 

  • Use Yoga Therapy to address acute and chronic conditions    

  • Help patients and students shape yoga practice to address their personal needs, limitations and goals

  • Instruct yoga teachers in teaching methodology and proper movement, breath, sound and mental focus techniques

  • Assisted American Viniyoga Institute 500 hr teacher training; responsible for coaching 15 students.  Assisted two Yoga Healing Foundation 500 hr teacher trainings, instructing asana, prāṇāyāma, and meditation techniques.  

  • Taught group class focused on persons with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for seven years

  • Taught corporate Yoga classes at Apple and IAS; focused on breath and movement skills for executives and their staff for greater productivity and comfort on the job



Communications Director
Yoga As Therapy, North America (YATNA), CA

2013 - present


International Association of Yoga Therapists (IYTA) registered organization that provides advanced 800 hr training in Yoga Therapy

  • Organize and streamline student application and admissions processes.  

  • Conduct prospective student orientation, student on-boarding and exit interviews.  Support students with program logistics.  

  • Create, proof and perform final edits on written communications for the faculty, including student handbooks, web content, newsletters and training related emails

Faculty/Communications Director
Yoga Well Institute, CA

2013 - 2016


Founding member of this Yoga Alliance registered organization that provides the Foundations of Yoga Therapy 300 hr yoga teacher training

  • Prepare and deliver training content, including administering and evaluating student assessments.  Oversee, evaluate student practices.

  • Responsible for all aspects of admissions including evaluating all student applications, handling all inquiries, and performing student interviews 

  • Offer recommendations on marketing, advertising, and budget allocation, with the aim of maintaining a sustainable, profitable business

  • Organize and put into operation all aspects of the trainings (written communications, agenda, schedule, location, travel arrangements, pre-reqs, reading lists, and required books)



Yoga Therapist, Assistant Director of Education
Healing Yoga Foundation, San Francisco, CA

2010 - 2013


  • Offered individual yoga therapy, student mentoring and yoga teacher training, including Vedic chanting and sound techniques for healing 

  • Conducted regular class at San Francisco VA Hospital to address PTSD, anxiety, anger management, substance abuse recovery and chronic pain

  • Teach Vedic chanting and sound techniques for healing



Yoga Instructor, YogaTherapist
The Crossings Wellness Center & Spa, Austin TX

2004 - 2009


  • Taught weekly individual and group yoga and meditation classes, as well as special weekly chair class for persons with disabilities

  • Conducted special classes, wellness programs, and leadership trainings for Dell and Texas Association of Hospital Workers.  Taught breath and movement skills to executives and their staff for greater productivity and comfort on the job



  • Yoga Alliance 

  • International Association of Yoga Therapists

  • Yoga as Therapy North America

  • American Viniyoga Institute

  • YogaWell Institute

  • Healing Yoga Foundation



  • Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) through International Association of Yoga Therapists

  • Certified 500hr Viniyoga Teacher

  • Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500)



YATNA Yoga Therapist 800hr Training (Chase Bossart, Dolphi Wertenbaker, Amy Wheeler)

Nashville, TN 

IYAT accredited organization works in conjunction with Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vandervilt University.  Emphasizes comprehensive approach to yoga and its tools, including proper āsanā, prāṇāyāma and meditation techniques, as well as applications of yoga therapy. 

American Viniyoga Institute (Gary Kraftsow), Maui, HI

500hr Yoga Teacher training.  Adaptations of yoga techniques, therapeutic applications, Yoga Sutras, yoga history, course planning, prāṇāyāma techniques, and meditation.  Assisted a 500hr teacher training; responsible for 15 students.


Vedic Chant Center (Sonia Nelson), Santa Fe, NM

Considered one of the foremost Vedic chant teachers worldwide, Sonia Nelson teaches both technique and application of chanting.  Studied chanting technique, teaching chant, and effects of chant for 5 years.

Healing Yoga Foundation (Kate Holcombe, Chase Bossart), San Francisco

500hr teacher training.  Mentorship, training, teaching methodology, prāṇāyāma techniques, meditation.  Assisted two 500 hr trainings and taught asana, prāṇāyāma, meditation and chanting; supported students as they learned.


Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA

Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography


2010 - present

2010 - present