Vanessa was first introduced to yoga while traveling in rural China when she happened upon an impromptu session of sun salutations led by a fellow, study-abroad student. Inspired by this initial experience, she began her yogic journey by practicing Purna yoga in Seattle. She then continued to learn by delving into the practices of Iyengar, Hatha and Vinyasa.
In April of 2016, Vanessa successfully completed her 200-hour, Vinyasa-based Yoga Teacher Training under the mentorship of Gerhard Gessner, E-RYT, founder of Prana Yoga Center. Shortly thereafter, she continued her yogic education by completing Prana's Restorative Teacher Training, led by Shauna MacKay, 500-RYT.
Vanessa's teaching style is mindful, gentle and alignment-based. She strives to make every person feel nurtured and appreciated. Her hope is that her students will leave her class with a sense of calm, inner strength and renewed dedication to their own journey.
Vanessa holds a B.A. from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. Off the mat, she can be found at the beach with her husband, planning their next camping trip, or baking something delicious in the kitchen.