PAMELA STOKES EGGLESTON, MS, MBA, ERYT200, RYT500
CO-FOUNDER OF BLUE STAR FAMILIES
Pamela is a co-founder of Blue Star Families, a national nonprofit that serves to create a platform where military family members can join with civilian communities and leaders to address the challenges of military life. She is the daughter of an Air Force veteran and granddaughter of an Army veteran who served in WWII. For over a decade, she has been a caregiver to her husband, a three-time Purple Heart recipient who was initially pronounced dead only to survive his severe combat wounds, visible and invisible, during two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Subsequently, Pamela’s caregiving journey has been arduous: she suffered in silence as a military caregiver, struggling with her new normal. Then in 2011, she was invited to participate in the Maryland Caregiver Support Coordination Council. It was due to this opportunity and her caregiving hardships that re-ignited her passion to stand up for all military and veteran caregivers. Pamela applied this burning enthusiasm, using the Blue Star Families platform, to create, develop, implement and launch the highly praised Caregivers Empowering Caregivers (CEC) Program.
A certified 500-hour yoga instructor and yoga therapist, Pamela has practiced for over 15 years and completed specialized training to include certifications in plant-based nutrition, stress management, prenatal yoga and certifications in Mindful Yoga for Trauma and Mindful Yoga Therapy, empirically- and evidenced-based yoga therapy programs, to work with service members, veterans with combat trauma and PTS(D), and their families. She is the founder and CEO of Yoga2Sleep, an organization that uses yoga and wellness services to promote “better sleep for the best life.” Through the organization’s partnerships, she collaborates with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans, The Give Back Yoga Foundation, Women Veterans Interactive, Dog Tag Bakery, Hope for the Warriors, the Omega Institute’s Yoga Service Council and others. Additionally, she is a sleep coach and a HeartMath coach, focusing on mental, spiritual and emotional stress from a heart-centered approach. She is contributing editor of the forthcoming book Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans (YSC/Omega Books, 2016). A meditation teacher, Pamela’s military families and sleep meditations are spotlighted on the app Meditation Studio by Gaiam, voted one of Time Magazine’s Top 50 apps for 2016. Pamela has been featured in Mantra Yoga and Health, Essence and Essence.com, the Huffington Post and on MSNBC.
She has an MS and MBA in management from the University of Maryland University College and served as President of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.