Vanessa started yoga in 2013 and unknowingly began to repair more than a decade of disassociation with her body. Drawing from many lineages (Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Jivamukti) Vanessa’s teaching intuitively delivers what would most serve the student in that moment.
Revisit traditional asana (postures) with a fresh insight and flowing creative sequence. Each class begins and ends with stillness, cultivating a mindfulness and curiosity and to all that is encountered in-between.
Grateful for the expansive yoga community in London, whilst exploring its many iterations Vanessa found Yin Yoga and in it the perfect opportunity to escape the bustle so needed in urban modernity. Her particular flavour of Yin weaves breathwork, visualisation, meditation, Chinese medicine understanding and yogic philosophy amongst a backdrop of longer held poses.
'Yoga is not an ancient myth buried in oblivion. It is the most valuable inheritance of the present. It is the essential need of today and the culture of tomorrow.' - Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Yoga is an ancient technology finding necessity in the modern world. By reversing the outward flow of awareness we use this tool to better perceive ourselves and in turn our reality.
The word yoga itself means ‘union’ indicating it’s great aim; to integrate all parts of a person, an ability to focus the mind, balance the emotional body and build physical strength and flexibility. Though many people think of yoga only as physical exercises, these are actually only the beginning of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul.
12:30pm VINYASA at East of Eden
1:45pm YIN & AROMATHERAPY at East of Eden
7:45pm YANG TO YIN at Supply Yoga
7:30pm YIN YOGA (75 mins) at The Life Centre Notting Hill
6:30pm VINYASA FLOW at Bind
7:00pm REST + RESTORE by Candlelight at Supply Yoga
1:30pm YIN YOGA (75 mins) at Frame - Fitzrovia
3:45pm YIN at Yonder
6:00pm YIN YOGA (75 mins) at East of Eden
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Vanessa's yoga classes have been the most welcoming I've ever been too, especially as I'm a beginner. She knows the right level to push you and best of all for me is that she is always happy to talk afterwards and answer any questions rather than running off! First time being able to touch my toes properly, are all down to Vanessa!"
— Zak, Huckletree
Yoga at the Natural History Museum
Opening with 15 minutes of Breathwork led by Aimee Hartley of The Breathing Room under the lungs of Hope the Blue Whale, followed by 40 minutes of accessible Yoga by me and a 15 minute Gong Bath in the resonance of the Hintz Hall.
The event runs before the museum opens its doors for the day on Sundays from 8:00am with free entry into the Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibition.
Tickets are on sale for April 27, May 17, June 22, July 5th, August 17 and September 27.
Yin Yoga: a Gateway to a Mindfulness Practice
Sat 07th Mar - 2:00pm at Supply Yoga £25
During this extended Yin Yoga workshop I will offer you the guidance and tools to develop an understanding of Mindfulness through the framework of Yin Yoga.
Structured as an accessible all-levels practice, this Saturday afternoon of learning is perfect for those that are completely new to Yin, Yoga, Mindfulness or all 3! As well as those experienced looking to deepen their practice or make time for themselves.
Opening with some introduction and a guided meditation, followed by 75 minutes of Yin, Yoga Nidra to settle you into an extended Savasana and a meditation to close and integrate, questions and a handout to take home with resources to continue a mindful journey.
Saturday Feb 22nd 2020 at East of Eden from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Join me for this extended nourishing Yin Yoga practice as a backdrop to reflect on the principles of Daoism and Oriental Medicine that underlie the Yin Yoga practice.
How does Yoga and Chinese Medicine intersect? What is Daoism? What can I take from these ancient practices into the modern world?
This workshop will utilise breathwork, visualisation, yin poses, yoga nidra and meditation to weave an experiential understanding of this philosophical system which emphasises seeking ever changing balance and living in harmony with our natural world.
Spring Weekend Retreat
Friday 27th - Sunday 29th of March, Poundon House, Oxfordshire.
I’m really excited to be invited to holding space with Natalie Owen on her retreat in Oxford. The weekend runs from Friday 27th - Sunday 29th to mark the transition of winter to spring.
While Natalie will lead you through the bulk of embodied flow yoga practices on this nourishing weekend, so close to London, while I’m bringing my signature Yin to the delight that is Poundon House.
Katies Mindful Kitchen will be serving deliciously nourishing AND tasty food and Briony Soundsmith is bringing her crystal singing bowls so we can rebalance from the most physical to subtle aspects of ourselves. Optional Reiki or massage is available on site.
© 2020 by Vanessa Joy Yoga.