Why Do I Teach Yoga?


I had a conversation with a fellow yoga teacher the other day. We discussed many things about ourselves, our lives, and of course, about yoga. As we came to the end of our conversation we talked about our different teaching styles: to align, not to align; to touch, not to touch; dharma talk, not to talk. As we said goodnight it lead me to thinking, why do we choose to teach in the manner we do? And ultimately, why do we teach yoga?

As I drove home, I thought about it. At 4:24am, I had an idea. I’ve been teaching for some time now, and my style has changed a bit over time. Perhaps moving a bit away from the shock and awe of my previous ways. I’m older now, and hopefully wiser, and I’m sure my motivation over time has changed too.

I ask myself again, why do I do it? It can’t be about the money, I don’t make a lot. It’s not about power or fame, I don’t make a lot of that either. It’s not about my health or well-being so much anymore; I got that pretty down now, I think.

It’s about my students.

I want to create a community of students and friends that lead a better life and have a better experience this time around due to their connection to their practice. I am passionate about the practice, about the connection, about the compassion, about the awareness that yoga can, and does, bring me and others every day.

My life has been changed for the better, by yoga.

Yoga can change lives. It can make you both emotionally and physically healthier, stronger, and more balanced. It can motivate people to make better choices in their lives. Yoga can light the way to be more compassionate, more serving, more concerned, more human. Coming from that place we can help others do the same. Yoga is not exercise, it’s a way of life.

Why do I teach yoga?

I am a yogini. Join me it’s pretty cool!


Vanessa Van Noy

With a personal Yoga practice that spans over 15 years, Vanessa has trained in several styles and lineages, both nationally and internationally. She does not subscribe to any particular school but rather allows her students to show her what they need from their practice, and find their own spiritual path.
Vanessa is a registered Experienced Yoga Alliance Teacher and has been guiding students in the NY/NJ area for over 12 years. She has worked with all types of yogis from children to the elderly, from professional athletes to those with physical impairments, and everyone in between. Her training as a Certified Thai Yoga Massage Therapist allows her to be very hands on in her classes, helping her students adjust and get deeper within their practice, comfortably and at their own pace.
Her classes are always a little bit different from the last. With music that motivates the body and lifts the spirit. Her class environment is conducive to laughing one moment, or possibly discovering your true inner-self the next. Always applying her philosophy, “That little voice inside all of us is our own true teacher, all I want to do is turn up the volume.” Whatever you need from yoga, it will give you”.
Along with teaching Yoga, Vanessa is an avid runner and has been practicing Muay Thai Kickboxing for over 10 years. She enjoys taking her students on retreats to exotic places throughout the world, as well as helping them to find inspiration in their own backyards. Vanessa is a devoted vegan and believes that being compassionate should apply to all living creatures, not just humankind.
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