I have been very impressed with the quality of Vanessa’s instruction over the past two years that she has been coming in to teach yoga during physical education. Vanessa brings a wealth of knowledge of her subject area, a deep understanding of the students’ needs, and has a warm personality, all of which gave the class a nice flow. Her rapport with the students was excellent – no easy feat with middle schoolers!
- Jim, Middle School teacher
The whole yoga/mindfulness piece is new to a lot of our kids but thank you for introducing it in a way that many students could access. Even those students who seemed like they tuned out some took something from it.
- Courtney, high school teacher
I noticed that after practicing yoga and mindfulness that I did not get angry all the time, and savasana really helps me get focused.
-Mellody, 6th grade
Sometimes I can get a little crazy and my yoga teacher helps remind me of the tools I have to calm down. My yoga practice means a lot to me because I can be silly and jump around and also be calm and quiet. I always feel refreshed afterward.
- Roma, 3rd grade
Besides the physical flexibility, balance and strength, Rose learned how to channel her emotions constructively, how to put those emotions into words or drawings and how to find a solid center. The skills garnered in Vanessa’s class – taught to the children in an absolutely age appropriate style – I believe will carry with her throughout life.
- Layne, mother of 9 year-old
My daughter practiced yoga and mindfulness with Vanessa for a year. She made great gains in self confidence by being part of that community of students, and by developing mastery over her own mind and body. The yoga and meditative practices clearly helped her become more centered and self aware, less subject to stress and distractions, and enhanced her ability to focus and concentrate. Vanessa has a special feeling for kids, creating a safe and nurturing environment where they can reduce their stress and grow as unique, grounded, confident and connected individuals, and do so in a calm, gentle and happy way. The methods and attitudes that Vanessa brings to children are the perfect antidote to our hard charging and stressful society.
- Robert H., MD, Father of 10 year-old
The students in my class find Vanessa very approachable and motivating. They look forward to her visits and can’t wait to see the new things she brings to the practice.
- Shannon, 1st grade treacher