Vanessa was introduced to Bikram Yoga when she was about 18 years old and was immediately hooked. Shortly after she began practicing, her father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. During the difficult years that followed, Warmth became so much more than just a yoga studio. It became a place of refuge and the practice quickly revealed its many healing qualities beyond the physical body. It was during these difficult years that her love and dedication to the yoga solidified.
With the support and encouragement of Helen Neff, the studio owner at the time, Vanessa made the decision to attend the Bikram teacher training in 2007. She returned to teach at Warmth for a few years before deciding to go back to school to earn a degree in Dental Hygiene. She has since completed her degree and now happily splits her time working as a hygienist, teaching yoga, and practicing as much as possible in between.
Where is your favorite place to spend time in Nevada County
(other than Warmth of course)?
A hot slab of granite at the beautiful Yuba River.
What makes you feel warm and fuzzy about our studio?
Vanessa gets a warm fuzzy feeling when she thinks about how much her studio feels like home. She knows that whatever life brings, she always has a safe, nurturing little sanctuary she can escape to, if only for 90 minutes or so.
Why do you like it hot?
It builds mental strength and determination and on a more personal level, Vanessa finds that the heat (and the 90 minute series in particular) is one of the few things that helps to tame her naturally fiery disposition. Heat brings intensity to the practice and sometimes an intense personality can only be tempered by an intensely challenging practice.
What is your favorite fruit?
Nevada County Summer Blackberries, quite conveniently.
What's your most prized possession?
Vanessa has two giant, slobbering, goofball dogs, Betty (rottie) and Rudy (american bulldog).