Yoga Teacher Training
Limited spaces still available for
5 January - 2 February
2 February - 1 March
1 - 29 March
5 April - 3 May
10 May - 7 June
5 July - 2 August
2 August - 30 August
6 September - 4 October
4 October - 1 November
1 - 29 November
29 November - 27 December
About the teachers
was born in South Africa, far north close to the Zimbabwean border on farm with no electricity and coal stoves, back in 1971.
At an early age she was taught yoga by her mother, nothing serious just for fun. She was very active and successful in long & middle distance running. Also practiced Classical Ballet and modern dancing for almost 10 years with the Royal Academy of Dancing. Not enjoying the teachers violent ways of teaching, hitting the students with a stick, she quit, inspire of having a great command of the skill.
Years later she found herself at her first official yoga class. She practiced on and off, not taking it serious, she was bored in the classes, for various reasons. During this period she had embarked on her own long healing journey the path of “Self-Love”.
She completed her Reiki Masters over a long 2 year period in 2002 -2004.
Attended many various “Self-Development” Seminars and Workshops. Brandon Bays - The Journey. Attended a part-time 2 year workshop on Shamanic Cultures around the world & learning different techniques Shamans use for healing, which she incorporates daily in her teaching and personal life.
Wanting to learn more about yoga, for her own practice, she did her first RYT200 yoga teacher training in South Africa - 2010 training in Ashtanga; Vinyasa; Hatha; Hot (Bikram) & Iyengar.
With no intention of ever being a teacher, she rebelled the teachers instructions to get to the front of the class and lead. Until one day she had to cover a class for all the student teachers and lead teacher who were all mysteriously ill at the same time. After her 1st attempt at teaching, in public, students wanted to know more from her. Surprisingly she found her voice. After teaching for 18 months at the local gyms, being paid less than $4 per class, she did not mind, as she discovered what it means to teach in Bhakti Yoga. Often did free yoga classes to disadvantaged students who could not pay - Karma Yoga, amazingly the were natural yogis, bringing such joy to both student and teacher!
The gym classes were filled with students from beginners, advanced, injured, young as 17 years and as old as 82 years. Giving her the skills to intuit and “cater for all students needs in one class”.
Following her feelings, prompting her to learn as much as she could.
Soon after her 1st TTC, she completed a teacher training in Pregnancy Yoga RYT80 aand taught over the same year at a Conscious Child Birth Clinic in Johannesburg. Finding a beautiful balance between the power yoga and more nurturing style of yoga. She changed her schedule to teach less Ashtanga and more balance between the various styles of yoga.
Still feeling the pull and push to learn more yoga, she was looking for the source of yoga. This is where she discovered an ashram in India, teaching Traditional Tantra Yoga.
This turning point in her life, she made a choice to be true to her feelings and said good bye to her husband, daughter, (whom she taught along with her daughter and are today successful yoga teachers) family, friends and country and went off to India in January 2012 for 1 year to study Traditional Tantra Yoga, completing her RYT500.
Returning to South Africa in January 2013, she was unsettled and still her relentless quest for knowledge of Tantra & Yoga, she started to train in France with the famous Margot Anand - founder of Skydancing Tantra International Institute. She started her teacher training 6 separate weeks over 2 years, while simultaneously she was also participating in their 6 weeks over two year “Love and Ecstasy Workshops”
Committed to her studies & teaching sharing her passion, she was flying between South Africa, France and India.
Few months before she completed her Tantra Teacher training with Skydancing, she started on new self-devolvement training in France and Spain - Sexual Grounding Therapy. This was one of the most powerful and cathartic healing workshops she felt she had ever done. Lasting over 2 years, the workshop was also 6 weeks long.
During this time, she continued to teach Yoga & started to teach Tantra to women, men and mixed groups.
In May 2015 she went off to Dharmshala, India to do yet another RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training - and it was advertised as “yoga therapy” during the course, she realized, she herself was ready to start teaching students to become yoga teachers.
In April 2016 she lead solo a yoga teacher training in Koh Samui, Thailand. Later to be head hunted by a yoga school on the neighboring island of Koh Phangan. Following her intuition and feelings, she accepted the offer. Months later she was given the divine opportunity to create her own yoga school - Anahata Yoga Shala.
Vanessa's intention is to assist as many souls to transform to expand their consciousness and to
“Love their bodies - Heal their minds - Free the soul” Sacred Marriage of Sprit and Matter - this is authentic Tantra - embracing all of our parts - as we truly accept and love ourselves and all our imperfections, it is then we can accept & love others unconditionally. It all begins with you and ends with you.