The DYA Famiglia ~ Guest Teachers
Vanessa Nassif, E-RYT
Vanessa’s own yoga journey began in 2003 when, on the eve of her NYU theatrical directorial debut, she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Yoga empowered her to play a role in her own healing process.
Since returning to health, she’s dedicated herself to empowering others through the practice of yoga and meditation. Yoga Alliance, Kundalini Research Institute, and Relax & Renew™ certified, she’s grateful to her teachers: Dana Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi of Laughing Lotus, Sat Jivan Kaur and Sat Jivan Singh of Kundalini Yoga East, Judith Hanson Lasater, and Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews of Breathing Project. She holds a BFA in directing and performance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Always the student, she continues her deep study of Anatomy and Kinesiology with Amy Matthews.
Vanessa has taught thousands of classes, individuals, and corporations in NY, NJ and CA. She mentors aspiring yoga professionals and teaches in advanced trainings. Vanessa specializes in personalized practice and devotes most of her time to private clients and educating teachers. Her approach is rooted in Embodied Anatomy, adaptability, breath-centered movement, and functional alignment.