Founder of Anahata Yoga Shala
Is an international multi-yoga teacher with a big open heart and the amazing ability to connect with the divine inside you. She has a passionate love for life, and this shines through as you enjoy her unique brand of rejuvenating yoga together.
Vanessa was introduced to yoga by her mother as a young child and fell very much in love with the informal practice. After exploring many other sports and exploring both classic and contemporary dance during 10 years at the Royal Academy of Dance she attended her first official Yoga class in Durban, South Africa.
Relocating to Johannesburg in 2002, Vanessa attended many other yoga classes with various teachers from all over the world. In 2003 Vanessa discovered Reiki and went on to do a course in Dr. Usui Reiki. She completed her Reiki Masters and now incorporates this healing subtlety into her yoga classes.
In 2010, Vanessa started a 2 year study of Shamanism with Lionel Berman, in Johannesburg, learning about energy, the earth, consciousness, awareness, self, how to connect deeper and to intensify our already existing connection to the earth and all that is. Vanessa began her RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training in 2010, with the late Ingrid Eriksson, who was personally trained by Pattabios Jois in India. On completing the training, Vanessa started teaching Vinyāsa, Asthanga, Hot Yoga (Bikram’s yoga), Hatha and Pre-Natal Yoga. Yoga is addictive!!!
In 2012, she arrived in South Goa, India to study Traditional Tantra yoga for 1 year, at Shri Kali Ashram and obtained 500 hours certification with Yoga Alliance as a RYT, qualified to teach other yogis to become teachers. Vanessa’s quest for knowledge and liberation of consciousness promoted her to take her studies further to France with the renowned Margot Anand, starting on her intensive 2 year “Skydancing Teacher Training” Certification, from early 2013 – 2014. Skydancing Tantra – studies on Sacred Conscious Sexuality.
Furthering her studies in herself and the human psyche, she enrolled in another international course “Sexual Grounding Therapy” starting in May 2014. Vanessa firmly believes that a good teacher is always a student, learning from all aspects of life, including her own students.
Vanessa focuses on getting her yogis into the most blissful state of deep relaxation, in her restorative Tantra Yoga classes and a good vigorous workout in her Tantra Vinyasa classes. Many of her students, some first time to yoga claim to have profound spiritual experiences after a 90 minutes class.
Yogini Vanessa can help you gain new life skills, transform your fears into life-changing accomplishments, become happier on a deeper level and inspire dreams more aligned with your true purpose.
” Vanessa is not only an amazing yoga teacher, but an overall amazing person. I’ve loved every class I’ve taken with her. She is a wealth of knowledge concerning yoga and is truly an inspiring person for many other aspects of life! ” Tommy Diangikes
” I studied at school for 2 weeks and during that time I fell in love not only with yoga, but also with myself, my body and the world around me. Vanessa is an ideal teacher, she helped me understand that I can much more than I thought. Classes focus on relaxation, dipping into his body.” Валерия Юрьева