Get To Know Vanessa
Vanessa is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) and trained as a teacher at Whitespace Yoga in the UK and Trimurti Yoga in Dharamsala in northern India. Vanessa was an anthropologist and has conducted fieldwork on Native American religion and Brazilian Amazonian culture. She has developed a style of yoga which is rooted in the Hatha tradition but is influenced by her travels and her love of nature. A typical class includes meditation, a slow, gentle asana practice, and a luxurious extended savasana with yoga nidra. Vanessa is also a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner.
Favorite time of day to get your practice in: Evening by moonlight or candlelight.
Hometown: Wherever I find myself – I’ve lived in the UK, United States, Brazil, Jamaica and Nigeria. I grew up in Oxford, England.
Favorite music artist/band: Too many to pick one. I am currently listening to Gillian Welch, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Ron Gallo.
Dream vacation: Any vacation where I can get lost among pine trees and mountains
Favorite post yoga snack: Hummus
On weekends I can be found: Playing guitar (or banjo) or on my yoga mat
Favorite yoga pose: Natarajasana (Dancer’s Pose) or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One-Legged King Pigeon Pose).
Book recommendations for other yogis: The Heart of Yoga by T K V Desikachar
Your personal mantra: A quote you love – Rumi always knew what to say but a favourite is “Your task is not to seek love but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it”
What was your first yoga class like: I went to an Iyengar class when I was at university. My practice now is very different but Iyengar is a great place to start yoga as you learn about proper alignment and it gives you a good foundation to develop your own style.
Weirdest place you’ve ever practiced: The Amazonian rain forest.