What I teach: I teach gentle hatha, hatha, power vinyasa, vinyasa, restorative, yoga nidra and meditation.
My current classes and workshops include: The classes I currently teach include: Hatha Yoga and Self-Massage for Stress Reduction, Hatha for Healing, Vinyasa and Restorative.
Why I teach: Yoga is my passion. I love helping students explore their practice and gain a sense of peace. My wish is for every student to walk away with a piece of the practice that they can incorporate into their daily life.
My classes are: My classes are dynamic yet meditative. I focus on the subtle aspects of mind and body through the incorporation of relaxation and meditation.
What brought me to yoga: I began taking yoga in 2001 while looking for a form of movement I could do in the winter while living in the city. I had always been more of an outdoor enthusiast involved in hiking and rock climbing. I signed up for a gym membership on a whim and saw that they had Ashtanga yoga classes. I was hooked. Yoga brought together my love of movement and spirituality. My goal from that day forward was to become a yoga instructor.
Favorite pose: Crocodile pose. For me its the most healing pose. When I feel contemplative, taxed or just need a moment to tune into my breath crocodile always brings be back to balance.
Off the mat, I: Well, I’m a full time yogi so I definitely spend a lot of time on the mat! I teach preschool yogis, group adult classes and corporate office wellness. Off the mat I practice martial arts, and kick boxing. I’m also an artist and have a collection of drawings, paintings, and projects I continue to work on. I make meditation stools and personalized hand painted yoga mats. I also love to cook and write. I keep a blog of recipes I create for people with special dietary needs. I also write articles on metaphysics and natural wellness.
Inspiration: “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek” -Joseph Campell
“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone” -Alan Watts
Certifications, Trainings & Degrees:
~200 RYT from the Himalayan Institute, 2014
~B.F.A with a concentration in Painting and Drawing from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, 2007
~National Outdoor Leadership School Alumni, 2001
You can reach Vanessa at (267)-481-6748 or visit her website: www.Onemindwelless.com