Take Root Rise Up
1 Barney Road #222 Clifton Park, NY
Her solo journey through India gave her opportunities to teach, serve, and learn. During her free time she is an activist, writer, musician, wife, shamanic drummer, dancer, poet, soul adventurer, and always a goddess! Her vision is for oneness to emerge through the authentic expression of our creative life force.
Debra Guarneri, RYT
Brittany Robichaud, FPC, Administrator
Christine Lapinski (Harshani) has been practicing yoga for 20 years and recently completed the Yoga Lily teacher training program. She believes Integral Yoga is the best path to unite body, breath, heart, mind and spirit. Christine practices at home with friends and subs at local studios. She is an artist, spiritual seeker, volunteer, mother and grandmother. She lives in Guilderland with her husband Dave. She is currently studying Spiritual Direction and often uses her yoga practice to help herself and others stay strong, feel balanced and find peace through meditation.
Erin Pollay, RYT
Melia Gorgon, RYT
Paige was introduced to yoga through the world of dance when she was just 12 years old. Studying ballet and other disciplines of dance since she was a child, she knows the importance of correctly moving the body and how it can positively impact other aspects of life. Taking the time to care for yourself physically and mentally with yoga and meditation can lead to coping with stress better, being more compassionate and understanding, and can impact the lives of many people. She is currently studying Anthropology, Globalization Studies, and Sustainability at SUNY Albany and is passionate about veganism and conscious living. She has recently graduated from The Yoga Lily Teacher Training Program and is a Register Yoga Teacher.
Melia is a mother of three who was married in 2000. Melia has been practicing yoga since college. She recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at the Yoga Lily and is registered with Yoga Alliance. In October 2017, she will complete her prenatal yoga training with the Prenatal Yoga Center. She is also a level 2 Reiki practitioner, DONA trained birth and postpartum doula, a HypnoBabies trained doula, and UCSD certificated lactation educator counselor.
Her parents divorced when she was young. Her body is fat and she struggled with eating disorders for many years. Her father passed away when her oldest child was 3 months old. She suffered postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her middle child. Her brother died when he was 30.
For years, those events defined who she was. Yoga has helped her find the positive in all of those events and realize that she is stronger because of them. They brought her to work for herself in several different capacities so she can focus on being present for her family. Yoga has also helped her to be more attuned to living in the moment, improved her focus, calmed her anxiety, helped her choose her words with more purpose, and has made her physically stronger.
She hopes to help people love the body they're in. We will focus on how poses feel and what they can do for you and your growing baby. She wants you to focus on what makes you happy and connect with the good parts of your life so you can be stronger, too.
I have had a love of yoga since my late teenage years. I took classes in Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa styles. A few years ago I began practicing regularly at The Yoga Lily. I was so inspired by Integral yoga and Pam Medina’s creative and holistic classes that I decided to immerse myself in yoga and the yogic life style. I earned my 200 hour CYT right here at the Yoga Lily under the skillful and loving tutelage of Pam. Personally, I have struggled with anxiety, depression, and addiction for many years. Through recovery and my yoga practice I have a profound and loving relationship with my higher power and myself. By profession I am an Occupational Therapist and combine my knowledge and love for human anatomy into yoga asanas. I strive to bring joy, self-acceptance, and my love of yoga into each of my classes.
Dr. Amina Mahmood, RYT
I have experimented off and on with meditation since my late teens, but never had a steadfast practice. I started having chronic pain in my upper back and neck as well as migraines in 2007. I tried conventional medicine, chiropractors and everything else under the sun to help stop the pain. Nothing was working and the pain became so bad I couldn't fall asleep. I started meditating before bed to help with this. After a few weeks, I began to get relief. The time it took to disconnect from the pain grew shorter, now it's only minutes.
Even though I was sleeping, I was still in pain all day and could barely move.Then I began to date my wife in 2010 and she dragged me to my first yoga class. (She was teaching it, of course.)
Naturally, for me, it was the meditation and deep relaxation at the end of class that initially kept me interested in yoga. Before long I started noticing the physical benefits of yoga.
I went from barely being able to look both ways at a stop sign, to almost full range of motion. My daily pain level went from 8-9 down to a 2-3.Oh my God! I am human again! And it's all thanks to yoga!
When I had the opportunity to take Yoga Teacher Training, I couldn't pass it up. I took the training for personal growth with no intention of teaching. This was out of my fear of expressing myself, especially publicly or to strangers. The Training has expanded my love for yoga and myself. The Teachings have given me the desire to share my knowledge and teach. More importantly the courage to do so. I hope to see you in a class soon!
Reinaldo A. Medina, RYT
Pam is said to be on the cutting edge of yoga teacher’s, not afraid to share or teach what others refrain from. She has been trained in many healing arts and is the daughter of two interfaith ministers. Her father is a Reiki master. Her mother is a theologian. She has been blessed to be raised in an environment where spiritual energy is a reality.
Pam’s life path calls her to quench the thirst of the soul for authentic truth, freedom of expression, and complete union. She became a Reiki practitioner at the age of 19, and began to study shamanism in her early twenties. Her college years sparked an interest in activism and she blossomed into a community organizer, radiating into the southern Adirondacks. Pam was founder and organizer of The Living Earth Celebration and Pray For Peace in Glens Falls, NY after 9/11.
After years of activism, and trying to make a shift from the outside in, she realized that the change would not come from the outer world, change had to come from the inside. Yoga helped her to shift from urgent activism to living sacred ecology, a complete change of lifestyle. She began to embark on the true journey of yoga, the one that begins within.
Originally certified in Integral Yoga, she continued her studies in Kundalini, Tantra, Meditation, Trance Dance, and Mindful Living. She believes that now is the time to rise up, speak our truth (satya) and liberate ourselves. In a world consumed with unfulfilling desires, yoga can help be our guide to true happiness. Yoga can set us free.
Her greatest joy is sharing with others the tools she has been blessed with on her sacred journey. She is the proud founder of The Yoga Lily, director of The Yoga Lily Teacher Training, and winner of the Reader's Choice Award's in Community News, her work has been published in Natural Awakenings and Healing Springs. She has been covered in the Post Star, the Chronicle, and has been a guest speaker on CBS and interviewed on ABC. She continues to keep it real, her yoga alive and the teachings!
Come enjoy the best yoga teachers in Clifton Park at The Yoga Lily!
Pam Lunz Medina (Chandra Devi) began her study of yoga 24 years ago to fulfill a college requirement. Little did she know, it would lead her to a new way of life, spiral her deep into her soul and spark a calling to share it with the world. Through her yoga practice and a deep connection to the divine, she had overcome depression and smoking. She has also lost 100 lbs and learned to love the body she is in.
She received her certification in 2006 at Satchidanada Ashram, where she has assisted in teacher trainings led by Swami Dayananda and Swami Divyananda. She spent 2 years voluntarily living without running water or electricity in the Ozark Mountains, which kindled a profound connection to the Earth Mother and meditative consciousness.
Pam Lunz Medina, E-RYT, Registered Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Director of Yoga Teacher Training
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Yoga Teacher Bios
Erin found her way to yoga after a herniated disc left her in chronic pain and unable to do many of the activities she enjoyed. After noticing that most of her physical therapy incorporated yoga poses, she began practicing at The Yoga Lily with Pam Medina. Through regular practice, she found relief from chronic pain, spiritual balance, and reduced stress from learning to live in the moment.
Living the yogic life had such a profound impact on Erin that she decided to take the 200 hour Teacher Training at The Yoga Lily. She is excited to share the gift of yoga!
When not teaching yoga, Erin is a Holistic Wellness Coach and IT professional. She has two wonderful sons who she enjoys spending time with outdoors, connecting to nature.
Brittany has worked in customer service for 10+ years and has 3+ years in managing. She obtained her Payroll Fundamental Certification in 2015 and is currently pursuing her own dream as a business owner herself, assisting business leaders with there everyday office needs. Brittany is happy to be a part of The Yoga Lily's team as their Administrator.
When she’s not supporting her business clients, Brittany loves her other job of stay at home Mom, a job her husband and young daughter fully support. She’s also been known to pick up a guitar and play a tune, and over the years has been the lead singer in several local bands in the Capital district.
Dr. Amina Mahmood is a NYS Licensed Psychologist with an interest in mindfulness based interventions. She has been taking yoga classes on-and-off since 2005, and began a regular practice in 2012. She recently completed the yoga teacher training with Pam Medina (of The Yoga Lily). She enjoys incorporating psychology and yoga and is excited to share the benefits of a mind-body approach on and off the mat. If you attend one of her classes, she is also likely to share her love of poetry with you!
Julie is a Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Personal Trainer and Strength Coach with a passion for movement. She began practicing yoga approximately 15 years ago when she took a Hatha Yoga course in college. With her background in personal training, she has a strong interest in body mechanics and helping people move better. Julie enjoys helping beginner students reach their full potential and empowering women to become stronger! Through Yoga, Julie has learned to accept herself more fully as well as to accept others and appreciate where they are at in their lives. Through her The Yoga Lily Teacher Training, Julie has learned about the power of meditation to bring more balance into her life. Julie is a compassionate teacher! In her classes, you will get a great balance of strength, flexibility and relaxation. Julie is a Register Yoga Teacher.
Paige Goehrig, RYT