Vanessa is an Iyengar Association certified yoga teacher and the owner and director of Iyoga.
Vanessa began practicing Iyengar yoga in 1993 and from 1999 has been teaching. She became a certified teacher in 2005 after training under New Zealand Iyengar teacher Suzi Carson (Four Winds Yoga).She specialised in pregnancy/postnatal and remedial health. Training has continued with ongoing 3 x year teacher development under recognised Australasian senior Iyengar teacher Peter Thomson since 2000. Remedial yoga with teacher Stephanie Quirk. Every three years, Vanessa travels to the Ramamani Institute in Pune, India to undertake an intensive month of Iyengar classes. She has attended many International workshops and retreats and now leads her own in N.Z and Bali.
Vanessa has been an events committee co-ordinator for Iyengar Yoga Association of New Zealand (IYANZ) from 2010 to 2013 organising workshops with visiting international senior teachers for NZ teachers.She has also been a director of 3 different Iyengar yoga studios.
Vanessa also has a background in natural medicine,nutrition, and certified in Thai massage. She has four children and has practiced prenatal and postnatal yoga which she strongly recommends.