Dr Mandakini Arora, Historian, Singapore, 2016, private student since 2008
Valerie Faneco is not only an outstanding teacher of yoga but an inspirational person. I have been seeing her for eight years now. Prior to working with Valerie, and over many years, I intermittently enrolled in group yoga classes but nothing stuck with me. Then I discovered Valerie and yoga therapy. I don't exaggerate when I say that I want to learn from Valerie for the rest of my life.
I learned early on from Valerie that, as with much else in life, so with yoga, one size doesn't fit all. Valerie brings a solid knowledge of yoga, its philosophy, history and purpose, combined with wisdom, compassion, and patience, to bear on each of her student's specific needs. And she is clear that individual needs change over time so she tailors the practice to fit physical and emotional needs as these change. I often marvel at her reading of health and mental concerns and her prescription of movements and breathing techniques to address these concerns. Valerie is meticulous in her attention to detail, detail that could make the difference between, for example, discomfort in one knee or leg and comfortable movement.
Valerie is a teacher and a lifelong learner. She is humble in her approach to yoga. While she already has impressive credentials, having studied with the family of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar in India, and with Frans Moors in Belgium, she often attends courses to deepen her knowledge and engagement with yoga.
Given her own endless journey of learning, Valerie is the perfect teacher. She adapts her solid training in yoga practice and philosophy to the nuanced needs of individual students.
Valerie has been a great find for me, she continues to make a difference in my physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychic life. And I love the nuggets of age-old wisdom that she shares with me during our sessions.