Vanessa’s first experience of yoga was at eight years old playing with shoulder stands, not knowing it was ‘yoga’, simply liking how it felt. Many years later she found her way to yoga. And after living overseas for many years Vanessa returned to New Zealand in 2006 where she became a student of the gifted teacher Karla Brodie whom she has been understudying with for the last two years. As part of her yoga study, Vanessa has completed two of Donna Farhi’s workshops, in 2015 completed the Contemporary Yoga teacher training and last year completed Vincent Bolletta’s mentoring programme. Vanessa has enjoyed teaching at the Shala since 2015 in a style of yoga encouraging inward exploration and kindness.