Meet our Team
Our Team orignatinng from all corners of the earth.
Anton, from Moscow Russia; Irene, from Madrid;
Map from Bangkok, Thailand; & Vanessa from Johannesburg, South Africa, Map
Yoga Teacher Trainer -RYT200
Tantra Vinyasa Hatha - Yoga
Reiki Master - Healing
Traditional Tantra Yoga - Tridosha
RYT500 +RYT200 + RYT200 +RYT50 Preganancy Yoga + RYT35 Aerial Yoga +RYT35 Aerial Yoga- Yoga Alliance + Skydancing Tantra Teacher Is an international multi-yoga,tantra,pranayama meditation 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 at an early age of 4 and fell very much in love with the informal practice. After exploring many other sports and exploring both classic ballet and contemporary modern dance during 10 years at the Royal Academy of Ballet, in South Africa, she attended her first official Yoga class in Durban 1999. 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, 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 - the Great Master of ASHTANGA VINYASA 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 RYT500 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. In 2015 she obtained another RYT200 in the Himalayas Dharmashala. Arriving in Thailand in July 2015 stayed in Koh Samui for a year, before settling in Koh Phangan in May 2016 by November later that year Anahata Yoga Shala was born, first on Bovy Beach and by November 2019 moved to Haad Yao. After finding the most beautiful location ... started to Build & complete in March 2020, the beautiful new dream yoga shala on the beach. With the tranquil sounds of nature and views of the cool sea... you are sure to R E L A X. 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 you to dream & aligned with your true purpose. Having graduated over 450 - RYT200 students from around the world... some of which have followed their passion for Yoga into a successful business. Namaste Yogis! As Lead Teacher & Creator of the RYT200 Yoga TTC. Having hosted a couple Tantra Workshops & Yoga Retreats in Europe, South Africa & Thailand. Currently offering Limited Yoga Teacher Trainings per year. Along with Limited Edition Aerial Yoga & Yoga Retreats & Holidays. Future Events starting on Valentines Day 2023 Tantra for One online Workshop - not to be missed. Check out on our website for more details. Vanessa is proud Mother to Tegan Burger, also a successful Yoga Teacher Trainer with her own school, located in Johannesburg South Africa. Vanessa passed on the tradition from her mother teaching her in the garden, at an early age of 4 years, to teaching Tegan in the garden, at a very early age too. One, half year after Vanessa started her Yoga Teacher training, Tegan followed in her mothers foot steps, taking a different path with different school. "Watching Tegan grow and now she can teach me, I am so Grateful filld with Love" Namaste At ANAHATA YOGA SHALA, we bring a unique approach to teaching and healing — one that is focused on self-inspiration and which embodies the physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of wellbeing.
Map holds a PhD in history of art and is the author of Horizontal Together: Art, Dance, and Queer Embodiment in 1960s New York. In his previous career, Map taught at the university level both in Thailand and abroad. Having put mind over body on his academic journey, he turned to yoga as a modality for re-uniting them,