Saturday, February 24th at 10:30am
Berger Park Cultural Center
Instructor: Vanessa Thompson
About Vanessa: Vanessa took her first yoga class in Chengdu, China during a study abroad in 2008. She could barely understand what the teacher was saying, but the sense of community and well-being needed no translation. Ever since then Vanessa has been going to yoga classes in her hometown of Iowa City, and in Chicago. Through yoga she found a greater awareness of breath, mind and body. Yoga has been a way for Vanessa to step away from the distractions of life to focus on the challenge of linking movement and mind. The combination of challenge and the feeling of physical and mental release at the end of class is something she carries with her off the mat. Whenever Vanessa moves to a new neighborhood the first things she looks for are the yoga studio and the library. Over the years Vanessa has been a part of many yoga communities, and been inspired by some wonderful teachers. Having been given such a great gift, in 2017 she completed the 200-hour teacher training program at Bloom Yoga in Chicago hoping to be able to inspire her own students. Vanessa believes in creating a space that is welcoming to all students where everyone can follow their own path.