Our teachers come from varied and diverse walks of life but all share the passion and yearning to find truth, joy, healing and love in every moment they exist. Every second is a new opportunity to form the world you want you want to live in, and with that desire burning in their hearts our teachers will guide you through the practices that have helped them so deeply on their path to self-knowing. Scroll down to find out who our current regular teachers are...
Vanessa Burger - Anahata Yoga Shala - Founder & Lead Teacher
RYT500 +RYT200 - Yoga Alliance
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.
Anton Kazantsev - Yoga
Anton's first contact with yoga happened when he was 15 years old. He taught himself a few yoga sequences from a book and discovered how this brought complete calmness into his teenager life.
He then started to attend the lectures of the American student of Sri Chin Moy about the Transcendental meditation. Soon after, Anton met his first teacher with whom he practiced Tantra Yoga in Osho style, at Raja Budhi Yoga.
Anton started to practice Hatha yoga in the new Iyengar school in Moscow, but unfortunately he suffered a knee and lower back injury that took him 5 years to recover from. As a result, Anton immersed himself in Tantra and meditation and got a devotion in Hirakhan Babaji.
In 2005, Anton started to practice Vipassana and this changed his life completely. In 2008, he and his partner quit their jobs and moved to India, where they met Sharat Aurora, a yoga teacher who spent 6 years asisting BKS Iyengar in his Therapeutic classes. It was in India that Anton passed his yoga teachers training course.
Anton studied yoga therapy in Russia in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya. He studied Ashtanga Vinyasa, Classical Iyengar Yoga, Sukshma and Prana Vyayama and Kundalini in the tradition of Dhirendra Brahmacharya.
Anton hadn't planned to teach yoga, but understanding more and more how the practice can heal and change a person's life, he started to travel around the world and teach the essence of yoga everywhere he got the chance. Anton is sure that the real yoga is inside, where the true liberation is.
Ed Ward - Rebirthing
I have been on a personal spiritual journey for 25 years. Spending time in India and later moved to Thailand in 2005, where I still live much of the year.
I qualified in Classical Massage in 2003 I also trained in India Head Massage, Acupressure Chair Massage, Reiki, Vortex Healing, Hypnotherapy and Rebirthing. I worked in Great Ormond St Hospital doing massage for many years. I also work at music festivals in the UK doing massage too. I specialise in Intuitive Deep Tissue work and Rebirthing Breathwork. I have now started teaching Deep Tissue Massage work too.
I first experienced the powerful transformational process of Rebirthing Breathwork in 2012 and trained in shortly after with Andrea Polyak and then further training with Leonard Orr, the founder of Rebirthing. I started a Rebirthing Group in Koh Phangan in September 2014, and now use Rebirthing in both personal and group sessions with amazing results.
I am registered and insured with Independent Professional Therapists International in the UK