Tessa Rapaczynski was introduced to yoga all the way back in 1999, at the age of eleven. She took her first class with Colleen Saidman Yee at Yoga Shanti – and it was love at first down-dog! Over the years, she has practiced at various studios in New York, London, Berlin, and Los Angeles. As a teacher, Tessa draws from her own experiences and encourages fellow students to challenge themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. Come to class hydrated and prepared to move your body, do work, and have fun.
Off the mat, Tessa is a writer, reader, and novice guitarist. She is a graduate of Columbia University, and holds a master’s degree in Modernist English literature from Oxford.
Tessa R instructs the following:
This foundational class connects breath to movement (vinyasa) and focuses on proper alignment to set students up for success in all styles offered at Hot 8 Yoga. The temperature is set at a lower level to help acclimate students to the heat. Power 1 is an excellent full body strengthening class for both new and experienced students to learn any necessary modifications to improve their practice.
New to meditation? This is the perfect place to start. Become more relaxed, efficient, and compassionate in just 15 minutes. This silent practice is conducted in a group setting for a more powerful experience of deepening your collective awareness.
Hot Power Fusion
This set series is an hour-long, shoulder and wrist-friendly class without chaturangas (high to low push-ups) that combines the 26 & 2 and Power Yoga styles. Hot Power Fusion includes balancing, core work, hip openers and inversions accompanied by music, encouraging mindful focus and detoxification.
This intermediate vinyasa-style class guides students through more advanced postures and creative sequencing. Power links breath to movement and may include arm-balances, inversions and twists to stretch and strengthen the body. Accompanied by music.