5 Months to Gather Once per Month
Because each Yama has the capacity to touch every area of life, the result can be broad discussion. Gathering once per month, over a period of 5 months, we will explore one focal point for discussion, and its relevance to the Yama of the month. When addressing one topic through the Yamas, we’re really bringing awareness to many topics in our lives.
Foundations Class Ahead of the New Business Series
Join this one hour Foundations Class as the preliminary information for the upcoming Business Series. We will explore the reason why ethics are a critical aspect of the foundation for any business, and why it’s critical that they remain a continual touchpoint from which to source your decision making for the health of your business, and for you as the entrepreneur. We will use the Ethical System of Yoga as the framework for this understanding toward honesty, transparency, and overall wellbeing of your business. These critical elements provide the platform for sustainable business which contributes toward a sustainable planet, regardless of your chosen career path. Become led by an internal understanding of what decisions to make and when, based on your competency, versus being forced to make decisions due to industry demands. Contact me to register.
Yoga Nidra Through the Niyamas
Please join me for the lovely practice of Yoga Nidra through the Niyamas! As a follow up to my workshop, Yoga Nidra Through the Yamas, this practice of deep relaxation through a guided journey will be held as a collection of afternoons, spread over two consecutive weekends. Each session will introduce the individual Niyamas in sequence, as the theme for that afternoon’s Nidra. Beginning with Saucha on the first Saturday afternoon, we’ll move to Santosha on the Sunday, and then Tapas will connect with Svadyaya and Ishwara Pranidhana in sequence the following weekend. Through discussion, we’ll then move to the Nidra. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Bring your mat and a blanket (if you tend to get cold), paper and pencil if you like to take notes.
WHEN: The weekends will run Saturday and Sunday, January 25-26, followed by Saturday and Sunday, February 1st & 2nd. We’ll begin promptly at 2PM, closing each afternoon at 4PM. The exception being: Saturday, February 1st, the time will be from 1:30PM-4PM.
FEE: Register for the first weekend only, $70CDN ($60 early bird by 1st January); or both weekends, $150CDN ($140 early bird by 1st January). Due to limited space, all payment is non-refundable. Message me for location and payment details: Contact
Pancha Kosha (The Five Koshas)
The understanding of the inter-dependent inter-layering of the 5 Yogic bodies known as the Koshas, was brought to us in the Vedic Upanishads. These distinct yet interdependent and intermingled bodies are intrinsic to everything that we do; and, insight into them can bring us a beautiful understanding of ourselves and our design from a Yogic perspective. Increasing in subtlety, these 5 layers, or sheaths, interplay with one another and with our experience in day-to-day life, determining some things whilst at the effect of other things. It’s their very changeability that makes their capacity to define that which is impermanent, so great.
This 1.5 hour workshop will more finely tune your awareness to perceiving when you’re out of balance and from which Kosha, and that influence on the other Koshas. The knowledge from these teachings can help bring an inner quietness and can benefit any meditative practice.
Coming Spring 2020, Workshop Date: TBA soon
Insight into the Yamas and Niyamas
"It was awesome! We asked Vanessa if she could send us some notes of all her explanations of the meaning of this practice.
It would be great if it was offered as a regular class. Thanks! Ruth P.S....and Vanessa was a wonderful facilitator!" (feedback from workshop participant)
Vanessa is an experienced Yoga Instructor and Craniosacral Practitioner, who shares the transformative power of the Yamas and Niyamas, to help other Yoga Instructors lead more empowering and inspired classes. She also works with individuals, helping them gain a sense of empowerment and insight, in their lives. Working with individuals and organizations in this way, increases personal authenticity. This is achieved by seeking out the foundation of the Yoga practice, through the Yamas and Niyamas, and how they’re expressed in the personal style of the yoga teacher or individual. As a teacher, being informed by our personal experience with the Yamas and Niyamas, turns our classes into something much richer than the commonplace. The result is a more authentic, more inspiring and enthusiastic class. For individuals, this offers a valuable anchor, in a world which is moving so fast. The foundation of the Yamas and Niyamas, strengthens our own practice, teachings, and authenticity, all rolled in to one. The result is that people trust our competency.
"I’ve created these workshops and retreats, to move you toward leading an inspired class which sets you apart from other teachers."
These workshops are an ongoing offer. To book Vanessa for an event or for a personal session, Contact
One to one sessions with Vanessa are $75CDN for an individual session, or $350CDN for a package of 5 sessions.
*note: cancellation policy does apply
Nidra Through the Yamas
These recorded Nidras are themed through the Yamas. They are wonderful to practice individually, or in progressive sequence through the traditional order of the Yamas. If you are familiar with the Yamas, you already know it is best to approach the Yamas in sequential order, as laid out below; but if you are feeling drawn to a particular theme, that is just fine too. These are a great way to have a private Nidra practice to do in your own time, as many times as you like. These Nidras are available individually for $25 CDN each. Please contact me for purchase.
Yama sequence: Ahimsa (non-harming) . Satya (truthfulness) . Asteya (non-stealing) . Brahmacharya (flow with God) . Aparigraha (non-attachment).
PERSONALIZED YOGA NIDRAS
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 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 $45CDN to be paid in advance. This fee is non-refundable.
"Vanessa created a personal yoga nidra for me and it is the most powerful session I have experienced. I continue to be guided by this audio when I need to recharge mentally, emotionally, and physically."--L.B.