I’m a Canadian girl, born and brought up in this beautiful country’s westernmost parts. Maybe because of where and how I was raised, I’ve always loved being outdoors and being active. And for some reason, I’m always "gettin’ it real and gettin’ to the heart of it"...about everything. I can’t help but want to know what is real in a person’s heart, what path they truly dream to live, as this is what I want to know about myself, always chiseling away at it. My family has patiently endured this trait in me for as long as I can remember. I love my family, there is nothing like that bond to draw me back home.
Being a yoga facilitator, I chose to travel…leading classes at retreats and continuing to learn. It has been such an amazing and positive experience for me, this teaching and traveling…an honest soul growth gift, no matter how much I love or hate the endurance required for all it teaches. I’ve met many a beautiful person, opening up and challenging all of my perspectives (some more or less willingly), teaching me to rein in some of my others, and learning which ones to hold dear. But all in all, finding people of like mind and true heart, from everywhere on this blessed planet.
Traveling began for me because of my own yoga practice, which itself grew from a challenging period in my life. My perception of that challenge couldn’t have been further from the truth, as it was the launching pad for the biggest gift in my life thus far.
Facilitating yoga, and meeting other travelers, has shown me how common it is to be longing for true connection. A true connection that each of us can relate to seems to be Kindness; in whatever form it arrives, whether it’s soft and happy, or blunt and rather direct. It is this longing for Kindness that has inspired me to create this website. I've created this as an offering for those who already have or who want to find, to connect with or to maintain, a practice that is fulfilling in Yoga and in Kindness. I hope this site can be a place where you can find a perspective on Yoga that is helpful for you on your own path. All of it is my perspective on Yoga as I change and grow.
So, when all is said and done, I hope you reach for the stars, as that is what I want to do. I hope you explore your dreams, as that is what I hope to do. I hope you have peace of heart, as this is what I hope for myself. I hope you feel connected, as this is something I cherish for myself. But most of all, I hope you have freedom, and are ever reaching toward kindness first, as this is what I aspire toward. The process is Yoga.
"Vanessa has taught yoga at our Italy retreat centre a number of times, she is a dedicated teacher of yoga with a deep knowledge of the spiritual philosophy of the yoga tradition as well as the physical Hatha yoga asana and pranayama aspects. I give Vanessa more than 5 ***** for her contribution to yoga and holistic wellness, both through her yoga teachings and cranial sacral sessions, and her unique website Letters in Yoga." -- Lucy, co-founder Sunflower Retreats