Tessa believes that yoga is a practice of self-study by experience, and considers herself a life-long student. Introduced to yoga at a young age, she has practiced over the years at studios in NYC, London, Berlin, and LA where Tessa completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training course at Hot 8 Yoga. She is a graduate of Columbia University, and holds an MA in Modernist English Literature from Oxford.
What started out as a way to get back on the field slowly evolved into a way of life. I learned there's much more to this practice than just the physical aspects. I learned to not let the big picture slow you down, but instead, to appreciate life moment by moment and to be thankful for who I am now. Yoga has changed me in ways I could never have imagined.
This greater understanding was the spark that made me want to become a yoga teacher. My goal is to help others unlock the benefits of yoga, both physical and mental. I want to help folks stop and smell the roses and appreciate the greatness that lies within.
Everyone is welcome in the classes that I get to lead. There's no judgement allowed, of self or others, as your practice is not the same as that of the person next to you. We'll focus on the breath, as a way to still the "fluctuations" of the mind, and we'll celebrate the incremental and individual successes that slowly build to create your own, very unique, yoga journey. Whether you're a seasoned practitioner or brand-spanking new, there's always more to discover, always a way to move deeper. My own yoga journey has been a long one, one that has taught me, among other things, to not take things for granted, to live in the center and to keep moving forward.
Hot Power Fusion - 200-Hour (Hot8Yoga)
Vinyasa Flow - 500-Hour (YogaWorks)
Kundalini Yoga - 200-Hour (Golden Bridge)
Accessible Yoga Ambassador - 30 Hour (Jivana Heyman, Accessible Yoga)
Reiki Practitioner - Level 3 (Thea Parsons, Reiki Master)
In college I took a yoga class to satisfy my physical education credits. Primarily because it was familiar to me and didn’t require much effort. At the time, I discovered it seemed to help with snowboarding, which mattered most. Learning how to regulate my breath turned out to be incredibly useful when flying down mountains at full speed. It eliminated the fear factor and helped me to push myself in ways I hadn’t before; the experience was liberating.
After college yoga took a backseat, right next to my snowboard, as I began to passionately explore the world of holistic health. Enrolling in a holistic nutrition school in New York, where the many faces of alternative health were presented to me, I discovered the importance of loving ones self and loving what it is that we do in this world.
Yoga soon returned to my life, shortly after moving to Los Angeles. I found a group of yogis that gathered together 6 days a week to practice. Under the guidance of our teacher, we moved through 3 hours of pranayama, asana and meditation before moving into our day. That was the true beginning.
I can honestly say that I was afraid to commit to the practice fully--essentially one day teaching myself. I understood the importance of living a life that embraced my passions, but I was unable leave the safety net of my salary. But that’s one of the most incredible things about this practice; the more I dove into it, the more I began to let go and embrace more of what I want in my life.
This journey has taught me how important it is to believe in yourself and follow your passion. I want to instill confidence in my students, help them find the strength to believe in themselves as my mentors and fellow yogis have for me. My yoga community continues to foster my growth, while inspiring me to be better and do better daily. My hope is to do the same for you.
"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” - Ryunosuke Satoro
Certifications & Achievements
CHHC – Certified Holistic Health Counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
AADP – Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners
500 Hour RYT – 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance - in progress
200 Hour RYT - Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance
Dharma Mittra’s 500hr Teacher Training in New York - in progress
Yin Yoga Teacher Training - Registered through Yoga Alliance
Children’s Yoga Teacher Training - Registered through Yoga Alliance
Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training - Registered through Yoga Alliance
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