I am Vanessa Bourne but known to most as Ness! I am currently living in Somerset but still teach in Mid Devon and Salisbury, where I lived for 14 years and where I started to grow my Yoga business. All my yoga is Hatha Yoga and my general adult classes are Vinyasa Flow – a flowing form of Yoga, linking your breath to each movement and flowing gently from one posture to the next.
I am also now teaching Subtle Yoga more and more, this is a type of yoga that builds nervous system resilience through slowing down the practice, using mindful breathing and movement, for greater body awareness and body-mind connection.
My passion for Yoga started 18 years ago after the birth of my second child and severe post natal depression. The doctors prescribed pills but innately, I just knew there was a better way to support and heal myself and I set out on my Yoga journey.
I started by taking classes at Nell Lindsell’s Studio in Balham (proprietor of Yogabugs). Yoga quickly changed my life, not only building my physical strength, flexibility and self confidence but gave me a mental strength and calmness which helped me deal with a very stressful personal life.
I had 3 young boys, growing into fantastic young sportsmen competing at high levels, all of whom were dyslexic. It dawned on me, that, not on any level of their education or sports coaching were they being wholly supported and whilst their bodies were fit, their flexibility and mental wellbeing and their ability to cope with the stress of competition and academic difficulties were being ignored and they were suffering. This lead to my training with Yogabugs followed by further training with Calm for Kids and specific training for Teenagers and Teenage Athletes with TeenYoga, whose Foundation I am a member of. During this time I started training for my adult teachers qualification with British School of Yoga in Devon and stepped up my personal practice to experience different styles of yoga, one of which was the very precise style of Iyengar Yoga. I have been teaching children both in schools as part of their PSHE curriculum and in clubs for over 12 years and adults for 7 years. I now teach ages 2 to 82 and have recently added Remedial Aqua Yoga to my repertoire as a direct result of a severe knee injury and subsequent long recovery.
As a naturally inflexible person, my journey has been challenging but fantastic! I will never forget the moment I just got it! The penny dropped and I realised that it was not an exercise of ticking off the boxes as I gradually mastered the basic postures or about being better than the other person on the mat next to me but the magic that happens when your breath links in with your body, just being in the moment, in the flow of the postures, you are FREER in your body, CLEARER in your mind and OPEN in your heart.
I care deeply about each and every person I teach. I draw from my own personal experience of difficulties which enables me to easily empathise with others challenges and I believe my friendly, fun and down to earth classes are accessible to all. I want to share the magical gift of Yoga and only wish to help each individual, wherever they are starting from, to reveal the happier, fitter and more content person within themselves, just waiting to be discovered.