By: Joey Weisler
There’s no answer to loss and grief, but for those who have experienced it, one common solution is to support others who share similar circumstances.
That’s why Parkland resident Pamela Leal is choosing to step up and hold a space for those struggling with life after loss.
In 2013, Leal lost her beloved daughter, Bailey, 17, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Since then, Leal has dedicated herself to breaking the stigma of mental health issues through yoga, speaking about her story, and hosting the annual “Yoga For B” each Spring.
Now, Leal says it’s time to step up and pay it forward. She intends to offer a space for people who have been through similar tragedies like hers.
“My path led me through a supportive community, teaching, and taking yoga classes. This group — that no one wants to be part of — can create friendships and support,” Leal said in announcing her mission on social media.
The free community class offered each Wednesday at Evolution Yoga at 4:15 p.m., requires no prior yoga experience, as members are even welcome to come and watch for comfort and support by others. Comfortable clothes and a mat are necessary to attend.
Evolution Yoga Coconut Creek is located at 6814 North State Road 7, Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Joey Weisler is a native to the city of Parkland and a homebred student of each of the Parkland schools (MSD class of 2013). He has earned his BA in Communication Studies from Florida Atlantic University in 2017 and his MA in English: Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University in 2018. He currently instructs English Composition at the college level.
Joey is also a nationally distributed screenwriter. Catch his Pilot, “The Abnormals”, on the South Florida PBS-WPBT Spring 2018 series “Filmmaker”. “The Abnormals” is a drama filmed in Parkland with South Florida talent (2015).
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