Hi! I'm Tess.
In February 2020 I traveled to Costa Rica to get my 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification with Soma Yoga Institute. My training was therapeutic and alignment based, which I teach to allow for greater ease during and after practice. I have experience with chronic pain in my low back and anxiety, and yoga is my way to heal the connection between the mind, body, and breath energy, and to find presence in this world. When teaching I help my students find their breath and balance while honoring their individual body in a safe space.
Like many western yogis I was introduced to yoga through a fast paced vinyasa. As a competitive and athletic person, my desire to be "better" was feeding my ego, even while learning to release it. Pushing myself in classes and throwing myself into postures without the proper alignment only led to more pain. I wasn't listening to my body. Then one day I went to a studio with a greater emphasis on pranayama, meditation, and philosophy. After practice I received an incredible yoga high, a connection to my bliss body, and I wanted to access that again. Now I understand that the experience of all yoga is what makes each part of yoga make sense. Now I incorporate more yin, pranayama, and meditation to balance and ground my natural tendencies.
I'm also prenatal certified, inspired by my 6 month old, Jack. <3