Applying the Yamas and Niyamas to Everyday Life

—these are ongoing sessions offered by Vanessa:

The Yamas and Niyamas of Yoga are a beautiful way of bringing form to our dreams and aligning our Life in the way we envision it to be.

Applying their timeless wisdom opens a new perspective on obstacles by transforming our way of Being with the issues that Life presents. Or sometimes we simply want to review how (and from where) we’re living our lives. The practice of the Yamas and Niyamas gives us that information as we gain insight into what we currently base our decisions on and how we might want to adjust that. We gain greater self-insight, self-trust (reliability), and empowerment which gives a more stable and positive way of approaching issues. This practice brings a deeper connection with your own life…how you live it, how you feel about it and the choices you make. Through this practice your choices will begin to be formed by the greater wisdom of applying the Yamas and Niyamas.

Through discussion, reflection, questions, and homework, I can help you gain greater clarity on your own personal frame of reference, and how you might wish to broaden that.

All sessions begin with the application of Ahimsa (the 1st principle of Non-Harming).  Any further sessions will follow the progression of each principle as traditionally outlined through this First Limb of Yoga. You can end your sessions at any one of the principles (we don’t need to do all ten). This is open to everyone who is committed to reflecting on their own life and how they would like to make personal choices based on more awareness. It is not necessary to be practicing Asana to do this.

Sessions are offered by Facebook Video Chat or Skype. Appointments are scheduled by Pacific Time (PST). Please email with time that works well for you furthereast1@gmail.com.

Sessions are 60 minutes for $75 Canadian Dollars. Pre-payment is required. After we’ve confirmed your appointment, please make your payment via Paypal. Payments must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled appointment time.

Follow-Up sessions are 30 minutes for $45 Canadian Dollars and are scheduled on the day of a regular 60 minute session. Ideally a Follow-Up session will take place within 1-2 weeks after a regular session. Please pre-pay at the time of scheduling

A $25 Canadian Dollar fee for appointments cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment will be charged. A "No call/No show" can result in a full payment fee.


Yoga Nidra is a practice of deep relaxation through a guided journey. Because it provides a state of deep rest, a regular practice of Yoga Nidra is beneficial for restoring the nervous system and reconnecting with a sense of inner ease and inner balance. In today's world it is vital to have access to an inner space of quiet. We always enter into a Nidra with our own personal intent, which we would like to more easily align with, and see unfold in our lives. It is a practice suitable for everyone. If you would like your own personal Nidra, please be in touch with me using the form on the Contact page, or at furthereast1@gmail.com and we'll set up a Nidra that is right for you. These Nidras will be recorded in MP3 format, for you to keep and listen to in your own time. Fee is $40CDN to be paid in advance. This fee is non-refundable.



Ahimsa: Developing greater connection to Compassion

This 40 minute online workshop focuses on recognizing the subtleties of violence and aggression in our lives, and how to remove the behaviour through the practice of Ahimsa (Yoga's First Limb of Non-Violence). We will expand our view of what violence is and address ways to foster non-violence, becoming more refined in our practice. This is powerfully transformative in its ability to encourage the growth of compassion for self and those around. Ahimsa is the practice which is encouraged to walk alongside all our other Yogic practices, so this is a good one to participate in.

Date: Saturday, 25th August 2018, 10AM Pacific Standard Time. Fee: $25CDN Pre-registration required at furthereast1@gmail.com. Final registration date, 18th August. Be prepared to bring your thoughts forward. Our discussion will be based on Deborah Adele's book: The Yamas and Niyamas, Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practices…feel free to read in advance, but is not mandatory.


Sadhana: For Inner Peace and Nourishment of your Wellbeing

This 40 minute online workshop explores practical ways to include your Sadhana practice more fully in to your life. A healthy spiritual practice is essential to our wellbeing and provides an anchor in a world which is changing dramatically. Our Sadhana gives us a reference point, without which, the stresses of our changing world can create overload in our systems. Good for those seeking greater fulfillment through developing an increased relationship with a spiritual Source. Come ready to contribute your ideas.

Date: Saturday, 8th September 2018, 10AM Pacific Standard Time. Fee: $25CDN Pre-registration required at furthereast1@gmail.com. Final registration date, 1st September

Please join me for the lovely practice of Yoga Nidra. We'll be at House of Now in gorgeous Courtney, BC. Known as Yogic sleep, Yoga Nidra is a practice of deep relaxation through a guided journey. Through progressive relaxation, we enter an effortless state of deep rest. Yoga Nidra's deeply nourishing aspect in today’s buzzing world, is, I feel, integral to a balanced approach to life. A practice suitable for everyone. Wear comfortable, warm clothing as the practice is done lying down. All are welcome! Participation in one: $20; or both $35. To register for this class contact Vanessa. For further information about Vanessa visit her website at www.lettersinyoga.com